August 1, 2019

Caronte & Tourist Attacks Croatian Authorities As New Link From Rijeka Is Still Pending

Italian company Caronte & Tourist Isole Minori found some difficulties at launching a new maritime link between the ports of Rijeka and Porozina after filing a request with Croatia’s Agency for Coastal Passenger Traffic to establish a ferry line from mid-July to mid-September.

Few weeks ago, Paola Vidovic, the agency’s director, was quoted by local media as saying that the Italian company had still not collected most of the required permits. The company will need to collect all the required documents before a contract is signed, she added.

Few days ago, Sergio La Cava, one of Caronte & Tourist’s top managers, publicly stated that local authorities in Rijeka are putting hurdles in order not to make the new line sailing. The company was also asked to embark a Croatian master on the Italy-flagged double-ended ferry GIUSEPPE FRANZA but the green light did not arrive yet.

La Cava said that “Caronte & Tourist do not leave the port of Rijeka until the European competition rules on short sea shipping will be respected also with the support of the Italian government if needed”.