Open borders for wooden ships
Podgorica – The assistant of minister of traffic, navigation and telecommunications of Montenegro, Srdjan Vukcevic and the state secretary of Croatian ministry of the sea, tourism, circulation, and development Branko Bacic yesterday have signed a memorandum with which ancient ships, of category national sailing are allowed to sail unobstructed in the waters of two states.
According to that memorandum, ancient ships, which so far were able to sale only in national waters in the future, will b able to cross the border of two states. The ships up to 100 passengers will be able to organize one-day trips, and ships with up to 36 cabins will be allowed to stay longer.
– It is a joint interest to ease the traffic between the two states. Except the memorandum we spoke also about harmonizing the regulations related to searches and rescuing on the sea, mutual recognition of authorization, proclamation of the Adriatic specially sensitive zone and about the treatment of the ships for dispersed cargo – said Vukcevic, after the signing of memorandum.
Bacic said that he hopes that the cooperation of the two states will ease them both their way into European integrations and added that Croatia as a candidate for full right membership will aid Montenegro with its experiences.
He said that last year 40 sailors from Croatia have asked to be able to sail outside the borders of Croatia.
– Croatia has about 350 ships which could be included in this memorandum. Only shipmen south of Trogir and Split will be interested in those tours – said Bacic.
He said that the Croatian Government at the beginning of May has made a decision and started the procedure of establishment of air traffic between the two states.