This agreement follows the announcement made by GPH in March that the Port Authority of Zadar had issued an award decision to grant a concession to GPH subject to entering a final concession agreement.
Cruise, ferry and ro-ro services
Under the terms of the agreement, GPH will manage operations at Gazenica from Q4 2018, including cruise ship passenger port and terminal services, an international ferry terminal, ro-ro services, vehicles and passenger services.
The agreement also covers a commercial area of 2,400sq mtr, with leasable retail and office space. The cruise berthing totals 1,170mtr in length and has a maximum draft of 13mtr.
In 2017, Zadar welcomed 137,000 cruise passengers, with schedule calls for 2018 suggesting that this will grow to close to 150,000 this year.
MedCruise member Zadar is positioned near a number of key cruise ports in the Adriatic, including Venice with easy access to the old town with Roman ruins, medieval churches and 16th century fortifications. While the surrounding areas offer a host of attrcations and activities for cruise passengers who wish to venture further afield.
Global Ports Holding operates 17 ports worldwide
Gazenica cruise port is the second new cruise port GPH has signed in 2018, increasing the number of ports it operates to 17 in nine countries.
Global Ports Holding, ceo Emre Sayin said: ‘We are delighted to have signed the concession agreement for Zadar Gazenica cruise port and very much look forward to working with our local partners to position Zadar as an important cruise port in the Adriatic, driving an increase in passenger volumes to the port as well as developing the cruise port and wider visitor experience in Zadar to the benefit of cruise passengers, the port authority and the local community.’