Bar – In front of people from Bar and the passengers of the domestic and foreign companies which dock in the floodgate V, in the aquatorium of the Bar Harbor for an entire decade, on less than 30 meters away from the housing buildings, you can see tied war ships of the Navy – first of the Navy of the SRJ, then SCG and now of Montenegro. In Bar marina we have the entire ex military fleet, a much more numerous, but also better “camouflaged”, from the “neighbors” from the Navy. In stead of the cannons and rocket launchers, with the credit to several energetic people from Bar and Budva, this fleet is also armed with the fishing nets and eaves for the passengers!
There is an entire fleet of old harbor tugboats of LR type. One of them is a tugboat – fisher boat “Spiridon”. Like the stern of that boat another LR is painted into civil colors, without the name, and the third is taken out on the shore in front of “Rozafa”, where the largest part of its construction and its deck is already removed – describes for “Vijesti” a passionate fun of boats from Boka, during his tour around the Bar marina.
The awake and drilled eye of the guest from Tivat can’t miss the ex patrol boat class “Mirna” which is now named “Vesna 5”, as well as the mine hunter “Ham”, the ex M141. Only some of them that are left in their old designs, the majority are remodeled so that event their constructors for sure couldn’t recognize them.
One of the people to whom the credit goes for the conversion of the war ships in civil purposes is the old Bar seaman Ivica Krcunovic (60), who at the end of the 1991 came to an idea to buy the entire fleet of patrol boats of the former JNA (Yugoslav National Army). From the idea to the purchase it didn’t take long, so the “patrol boats” with numbers 132, 133, 134, 135, and 136 from Kumbor have moved in the last decade to Bar.
– From those “patrol boats” two of them are now in Greece, remodeled, and in big refrigerators they are transporting fish from Libya to Athens. One is broken in Albania, and the other is in the same state in Italy. One has been cut here in 1999, and another is still in the marina, and is now being remodeled for the transport of passengers – says Krcunovic, surrounded by the colleagues from marina.
On the question where did the idea for the purchase of patrol boats came, comes a laconic answer: “Ships are worthy as ships”.
– Beside that. They had a favorable price when the inflation was current. They were all drove to Bar, and we immediately painted them – says the old sea dog who spent 18 years on the ships of the merchandising fleet.
In Bar marina the ex war ships haven’t only changed colors and purpose for which they are used, but they have changed the place where they are tied. “The command ship” of this converted fleet, the ex patrol boat 134 “Romanija”, is found in dry! Along with that, its dimensions were changed and it has come down to a cut construction.
I have done military service on this ship. Who could think then than one day I will sit in it on land and drink coffee – says Ivica.
His wife Aida adds that one of the plans for the cut “Romanija” was to put it “like a café” at the entrance in the marina from the side of the sea. The mast was supposed to be a signal light, similar to today’s lighthouse. Nothing happened concerning that: the construction which was covered with all kinds of gratifies became a home of the 50 year old Rajko Orlandic.
– Even before I lived on the boat in marina, on Ivica’s “Teodora”, because I love the life in Marina, the life with fisherman. In “Romanija” I have been living since the November 2001, the command bridge is the living room, and the “radio room” is a little bedroom, immediately next to it is the kitchen… It is 47 m2. If I weren’t feeling good I wouldn’t be here, but in my home in Celuga – says Rajko.
Krcunovic family, Orlandic and the fisherman at the improvised table point out that in the immediate vicinity there are several more ex ships from the fleet list of JNA. The professional fisherman Krsto Knezic has two ex tugboats rearranged into fishing boats, and Branko Vujicic from Budva has bought from the Navy a mine hunter and patrol boat. In front of the refrigerator warehouse “Rozafa”, on a dry tied knot, another ex military tugboat, class LR 66, which is more than 50 years old, is being rearranged into a fishing boat. In marina there are several diving barges of the former JNA, that is JRM as well as “CM” say the gathered fishermen. At the fair in Genoa “ships of that kind were sold for more than 250.000 euros”.
– You see this mine hunter? If I had it, I would remodel it and direct myself to the west coast of Africa to catch fish. It is all mahogany, six, which was made really well, 32 m long, ideal for fisher boat, but you need big investments. Now if you wanted to built it just to the keel and the ribs at this length, you would need at least 300.000 euros – says Ivica, while he’s showing with his hand the “neighboring” ex mine hunter ML 141, of which only the wooden trough survived.