"The Chinese are extremely active in the region and it is time to decide to invest money in Croatia. Peljesac Bridge was a ticket, and now Zadar is on the target. They are interested in container transportation in Zadar harbor, reconstruction of the Zadar Knin railway, entrepreneurial zone Crno. The port of Zadar is a priority because it already has 25 percent of the share. The port would focus on the traffic that is now in Koper, thus shrinking Chinese goods for 8 to 10 days to European destinations. In the first phase, 200 million-euro investments are announced, and by summer they should find out the details of the Chinese partnership in the port of Zadar, which operates badly, he says.
Concerning the bidding for the still-built Gaženica Zadar terminal, Heina said that the cube fell to only one interested concessionaire. Italians lost interest and on the table is only offered by Zadar International Port Operations. The Port Authority has to decide within two months to accept the tender or cancel the tender.
"It never goes smoothly with us. It is a controversial one who lies behind the only bidding company established last year. It is the Turkish group and the port operator Global ports Holding who had a pre-contract for the concession of the terminal in Gruz in Dubrovnik. The contract was terminated because they violated the terms of the competition and could not close the finances. Should the Turks be denied a mega mega project worth 180 million kuna, of which Gaženica should become an embarkation port for cruisers and not just a passage station. Zadar would profit because the cruise-guests would stay longer in the city. Gaženica is the longest commercial building in Zadar, 350 meters, but it could be overtaken by the Super Nova shopping mall. Turks manage, otherwise, 13 ports in the Mediterranean, including the largest in Barcelona", Heina said.