Bijela – Canadian billionaire Peter Munk and the Russian bank Avangard are the nmost serious potential buyers for the Adriatic shipbuilding yard Bijela – said yesterday for “Vijesti” the president of the board of directors of Shipbuilding yard, Stanko Zlokovic.
A day earlier “Poslovni dnevnik” (BUSINESS DIARY” from Zagreb speculated about the possibility that the Croatians will ask a part of the shares in Shipbuilding yard as a compensation for the war damage.
Zlokovic said that he doesn’t have information about the fact that such transaction is possible.
President of the board of directors of the shipbuilding yard yesterday, however, remunerated on the writings of the Croatian media that powerful foreign investors are showing interest for Bijela – Peter Munk and the bank Avangrad from Moscow. Munk, who bough Tivat’s Arsenal, two days ago stayed in Bijela for the fourth time showing the interest for the capacities and possibilities of the repairing of ships.
– Beside the existing activities in Bijela Munk would perform also the repairing of yachts, which is compatibile with his plans to build in Tivat an exclusive marina for mega yachts – added Zlokovic. The representative of the Avangard bank, Kiril Minovalov too stayed in Bijela this week showing the interest for the shipbuilding yard.
The new announcing of the open competition for the sale of the major package of stocks of the shipbuilding yard is expected to happen in the first half of this year. The previous tender was closed at the end of June because there were no interested parties. Bank Avangard follows financially several shipbuilding companies, and their intention is to encircle that business with the ownership share in some of the European shipbuilding yards.
Last year they offered 25 to 30 millions of euros for a share in Croatian shipbuilding yard “Viktor Lenac” from Rijeka with a submitted plan of the development of the square in Martinsica.
Before the Rijeka shipbuilding yard they were interested in another Croatian shipbuilding yard – Kraljevica in which they had the intention of building ships for dispersed cargo up to 10.000 tones of load, and in the program of construction there were also other types os the so called special vessels, tug boats, ship suppliers, and even fishing fleets. Bank Avangard was founded in 1994 and it is a part of the Alkor group whose owenr is Minovalov.
In the Adriatic shipbuilding yard they claim that beside Munk and the Russians, who potentially are the most serious candidates for purchase of the shares at the open competition there are also other interested parties from abroad.
S.K. – D.M.C.