Sunday, 24 November 2019

VIDEO: Brodosplit Building Polar Expedition Ship for American Quark Expeditions

November 24, 2019 - Brodosplit is building a technologically advanced polar expedition ship, contracted by American company Quark Expeditions, which will be called ‘Ultramarine’ and will be able to accommodate 200 passengers. 

Splitski Dnevnik reports that the construction was contracted with the American company Quark Expeditions, part of the Travelopia Group, which brings together a diverse range of world-class companies specializing in adventure travel, according to a statement from Brodosplit.

The 128-meter-long polar expedition vessel, which will be 21.5 meters wide and weigh 13,500 gross tons, will sail in 2020, and will be able to accommodate up to 200 passengers in spacious cabins and public areas, the Split shipyard added.

“Ultramarine will be an unprecedented operating base for polar adventures. A new ship in the hands of the most experienced expedition team will allow guests to go deeper into the polar regions than ever before, maintaining the same respect for nature, which has always been Quark Expeditions' guiding principle. In addition, it will allow guests to spend their days experiencing the off-ship adventures that made Quark Expeditions so popular. And once they return to the ship after a day spent on polar exploration, they will be able to rest and relax in a modern, contemporary, premium quality space,” the statement added.

The Ultramarine will be the new pride of Croatian shipbuilding and a definite leap forward for Brodosplit into the market of passenger ships up to 200 meters in length, where Croatian shipyards can compete as an indispensable European shipyard that builds very complex ships on which it generates profit and achieves high competitiveness, the Split shipyard conduced. 

You can see a new promotional video of the Ultramarine polar expedition ship below. 

Over the last seventy years, Brodosplit has delivered more than 450 ships with a total carrying capacity of over 10 million tonnes. Eighty percent of Brodosplit’s production goes to foreign customers. Many of these ships have received accolades from reputable international institutions, and in the last twenty years alone, ten boats from Split have been on the list of the best projects in their categories. The authority with which Brodosplit operates in international shipbuilding circles today and the trust that numerous clients give to its experts are the results of many years of successful work and a high-quality and wide product range.

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Saturday, 26 October 2019

Brodosplit Announces That Works on Polar Cruiser Are Ongoing

There has been a level of suspicion surrounding a certain project involving the building of a polar cruise ship, and Brodosplit is seeking to quash anyone's potential doubts about the vessel or Brodosplit's role.

As Novac/Jozo Vrdoljak/Privredni writes on the 26th of October, 2019, the Brodosplit shipyard has invited journalists to visit the Split shipyard so that they can rise above the rumours being generated and come and see the construction (Novogradnje/New Construction 487) for themselves, which is currently underway.

What Brodosplit is responsible for the construction of is a polar cruise ship, the same one that politician Ivan Vilibor Sinčić referred to as fictitious in an apparent blow to the shipyard.

''Therefore, I invite you all with an open invitation to visit us over the next few days and to come and record the ship while it's under construction. It is a technologically advanced polar expedition ship, contracted with Quark Expeditions from Seattle, USA, as part of the Travelopia Group, which brings together a diverse range of worldwide adventure travel companies,'' read the statement from Brodosplit.

The 128-metre-long, 21.5-metre-wide and 13,500-gross tonnage vessel will set sail in 2020 and will accommodate up to 200 passengers in spacious cabins and public spaces. It will boast an incredible array of adventure options, allowing guests to make the most of spontaneous adventure options from the ship while enjoying its ultimate level of comfort.

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Friday, 27 September 2019

VIDEO: Flying Clipper, World's Largest Sailboat, Takes a Test Ride Around Split

September 27, 2019 - Watch the largest sailboat in the world take a test run around Split. 

"Croatian shipyard Brodosplit created the most sophisticated sailboat and the most complex passenger ship ever built. The Flying Clipper is not only the largest, but arguably one of the most beautiful in the world. And, with its large sails and masts, probably the fastest sailing vessel in the world, which will be registered in the Guinness Book of World Records," said Tomislav Debeljak, CEO of Brodosplit and DIV Group.

Slobodna Dalmacija writes that the Flying Clipper was designed according to the 1911 France II sailboat design. It is luxuriously decorated with touches reminiscent of old sailing ships. It is 162 meters long and 18.5 meters wide, with a load of 2000 tons. It has five steel masts with 36 sails in aluminum crosses with a total area of 6,347 square meters. The largest mast is 63 meters high and weighs 24 tons, and the largest cross is 31 meters long. It has five decks, a beauty center, a sauna, a jacuzzi, a spa and fitness center, a library area and a salon. The Flying Clipper can accommodate up to 450 people. It has 224 cabins, of which 150 are luxury cabins for 300 passengers and 74 cabins for 150 crew members.

It is the first sailboat with built-in "Safe return to port" security standards and meets all the requirements for the US Coast Guard and US Public Health Service. The Flying Clipper is the only sailboat in the world that has received the highest possible class for noise and vibration.

This majestic sailboat set off on a test ride and sailed the Split sea for the first time with all the sails raised. The scenes are awe-inspiring.

Recall, a 70 million euro contract between Brodosplit and Star Clippers owner Mikhail Krafft has recently been terminated because both sides claimed that it had been violated: Krafft had exceeded the deadlines and the Split shipyard failed to meet the conditions for completion. The dispute is still moving towards arbitration, but, according to unofficial information, negotiations over a possible compromise are also in parallel.

Thus, during that time, the ship is officially owned by the Split shipyard and will sail under the flag under which it was built - Malta.

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Friday, 9 August 2019

Tomislav Debeljak ''Importing'' 200 Indian Workers to Croatia's Brodosplit

The demographic crisis in Croatia is continuing to bite, and while chronic staff shortages remain the main plague of Croatian employers, many companies across the country are now turning to the ''import'' of third country nationals, such as Indians.

We have written quite extensively on the Croatian demographic crisis, the staff shortages and the repeated increase in the quota for foreign (non EU) labour by the Croatian Government. While this has mitigated problems to a degree this year, it isn't clear what the strategy will need to be next year. After all, it isn't just tourism workers that Croatia is lacking during the season, it is qualified labour from all sectors who are making their way abroad.

The Croatian love of red tape and paperwork is also throwing a spanner in the works despite the government's quota increase for foreign workers, as many Croatian employers who give jobs to those from outside the EU, even from as close by as neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, are waiting for an average of two months for their residence and work permits to be approved, and by that time - they're no longer required. Without the necessary papers given the green light by MUP, these third country nationals cannot be paid a wage.

You can read more on this secondary plight on Croatia's employers here.

As previously mentioned, it isn't just tourism workers who are desperately needed in Croatia, but skilled staff from all fields. Tomislav Debeljak of the shipbuilding giant Brodosplit, has found a way to make ends meet as far as staffing is concerned.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 8th of August, 2019, more than 2000 workers are currently employed at Brodosplit. The first group of workers from India will start working in Brodosplit in early September, Slobodna Dalmacija has learned. It is estimated that there will be about two hundred Indian workers at Brodosplit by the end of this year.

According to the currently available information, Brodosplit's Indian employees will have a monthly salary of around 950 euros.

Otherwise, workers in Brodosplit can earn up to 1,500 euros net per month, while subcontractors, which is the status the company's Indian workers will have, are paid around 12 to 16 euros per hour.

As stated, Brodosplit currently employs more than 2000 workers, and many of them are workers from all over the world working in cooperative companies, depending on the current needs for certain professions, so that the contracted jobs will be completed as well as possible. The addition of 200 Indian workers will surely make things easier on the company.

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Quark Expeditions Holds Keel-Laying Ceremony for Ultramarine at Brodosplit

August 5, 2019 - Quark Expeditions®, the leader in polar adventures, held the keel-laying ceremony for its pioneering new ship Ultramarine on August 2 at Brodosplit, officially kicking off the next stage in the ship’s construction: the build of its hull and superstructure.

Held at the largest shipyard in Croatia, the event was attended by a mix of senior staff from Brodosplit, its parent company DIV Group, Quark Expeditions, its parent company Travelopia, and private equity investors KKR. Speeches were given by Joerg Metzner, Director at KKR, Andy Duncan, CEO at Travelopia, Malcolm Ellis, Senior VP Operations at Quark Expeditions and as well as representatives from both DIV Group and Brodosplit.

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“We thank the team at Brodosplit for hosting this ceremony,” says Malcolm Ellis, Senior VP Operations at Quark Expeditions. “A lot of hard work from a lot of talented people has been required to get us to this point. It’s exciting to see our collective vision for this ship come to life, and to have the opportunity to thank everyone involved for their tremendous dedication and effort.”

The keel-laying event, which also marks formal recognition of the 128m, 199-passenger vessel, included a Croatian folk music performance, as well as the centuries-old coin ceremony, in which a specially chosen coin is welded into the ship’s hull to ensure good fortune during the build and subsequent voyages.

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“The coin we chose is a beautiful silver coin featuring two Emperor penguins,” says Ellis. “We chose this coin because it perfectly embodies Quark’s mission: to push the boundaries of polar exploration. In our three decades of operation, Quark Expeditions has accomplished a long list of polar firsts, including being the first to take guests to Snow Hill Island to engage with Emperor penguins in their natural habitat. Ultramarine’s mix of design ingenuity and technological innovation will allow us to continue adding to that list of firsts by taking guests further into the polar regions than ever before.”

Ultramarine will join Quark Expeditions’ fleet in late 2020 for the Antarctic 2020.21 season.

Ultramarine Keel Laying- Malcolm Ellis  - Credit Quark Expeditions.jpg

Ultramarine is purpose-built for the polar regions,” adds Ellis. “With this ship, in the hands of the industry’s most knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated team, we will continue to define what is possible in polar exploration while delivering transformational experiences to our guests.”

All photos by Quark Expeditions

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Friday, 2 August 2019

Coin Ceremony Held at Brodosplit for New Polar Expedition Ship

ZAGREB, August 2, 2019 - A Coin Ceremony was held at the Brodosplit shipyard in Split on Friday with a coin being laid in the keel of a passenger ship for polar expeditions to be built at the dock for the US company Quark Expeditions.

"For the client the coin symbolically reflects a personal approach to polar expeditions," Brodosplit said, adding that this the first time a ceremony of this kind was held at the shipyard.

The ship which will be named Ultramarine. It will be 128 metres long, 21.5 metres wide and will weigh 13,500 gross tonnes. It will sail out in 2020 and will be able to carry 200 passengers.

Brodosplit underscored that this is a new business step for the dock onto the market for passenger ships up to 200 metres in length.

Quark Expeditions was founded in 1991 and is part of the UK-based TUI Travel PLC Group of Companies. In 2016, it became part of Travelopia, a division comprising some brands from the former TUI Specialist Group. It specialises in expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic aboard purpose-built expedition vessels.

Brodosplit CEO Tomislav Debeljak told reporters that the client has expressed interest for the Split-based dock to construct more such ships and that the price of these cruise ships range from 100 million to 300 million euro.

"We don't build tankers; we have been saying that from day one. Instead we have opted for building cruise ships, primarily for polar expeditions, and we are the strongest in that in the world," Debeljak said.

He added that the "old structure" wanted to force Brodosplit to build tankers. "That is the structure that siphoned HRK 40 billion from Croatian citizens. We said, No, we are building 'positive ships.' That is harder but more positive for Croatia, for workers and for all of us," said Debeljak.

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Monday, 15 July 2019

Flying Clipper from Brodosplit Embarks on First Tour to Hvar with Ultra Organizers

Brodosplit presented the Flying Clipper - a unique sailboat designed according to the 1911 model - which is also the largest sailboat in the world. 

Meet the Flying Clipper, the largest sailboat in the world which will enter the Guinness Book of World Records. It is the first sailboat with built-in "Safe return to port" security standards and meets all the requirements for the US Coast Guard and US Public Health Service. The Flying Clipper is the only sailboat in the world that has received the highest possible class for noise and vibration, reports Dnevnik.hr and Splitski Dnevnik on July 15, 2019. 

The boat is 162 meters long and 18.5 meters wide, with a load of 2000 tons, has five masts and boasts a total of 6,347 square meters. On five decks, the Flying Clipper can accommodate up to 450 people. It has 224 cabins, of which 150 are luxury cabins for 300 passengers and 74 cabins for 150 crew members.

On Monday, the Flying Clipper embarked on its first tour to Hvar thanks to the organizers of the Ultra Europe Festival, who even have plans to continue cooperating with Brodosplit.

"Ultra is an international story, a manifestation that has developed in Split for the past seven years. Likewise, the Flying Clipper is an international story and we are proud to be able to work with them. Our engagement with the shipyard started four years ago when our workers helped them set up scaffolds. This cooperation is proof that Ultra is the driver of development for the City of Split and together with Brodosplit, we want to build the future here. In our new home, Park Mladeži is another connection with Brodosplit where we have beautiful views from the Resistance stage of the Brodosplit Shipyard,” said Joe Bašić, the organizer of the Ultra Europe festival.

Bašić concluded by saying that this was the best Ultra so far and that he is sure that next year will be even better.

Over the next four days, the Flying Clipper will sail the organizers of Ultra Europe, dozens of foreign journalists and party leaders to visit the festival events on the islands of Brač, Hvar and Vis.

Recall, a 70 million euro contract between Brodosplit and Star Clippers owner Mikhail Krafft has recently been terminated because both sides claimed that it had been violated: Krafft had exceeded the deadlines and the Split shipyard failed to meet the conditions for completion. The dispute is still moving towards arbitration, but, according to unofficial information, negotiations over a possible compromise are also in parallel.

Thus, during that time, the ship is officially owned by the Split shipyard and will sail under the flag under which it was built - Malta.

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Brodosplit: Delivery of Flying Clipper Delay Approved

ZAGREB, June 14, 2019 - The Brodosplit dock on Friday confirmed for Hina that the completion and delivery of the sailing ship "the Flying Clipper", is running late compared to contracted deadlines adding however that the Split-based shipyard would not be held responsible as this was an approved delay and the ship will be completed.

A spokesman at the dock said that the Flying Clipper is the first sailing ship in the world to have 'Safe return to port' security standards installed and that it meets all the requirements of the US coast guard and its public health standards and it is the only sailing ship in the world that has been assigned with the highest category of noise and vibration.

"It has been extremely complicated to build that type of ship however Brodosplit will be completing it soon," Brodosplit said.

The Friday edition of the Novi List daily reported that the company Star Clippers from Monaco had in March terminated its contract with Brodosplit even though in May they said that they hoped an agreement with the Split dock would be reached to take over the ship.

Novi List further writes that it seems the situation finally "snapped" at the end of May, calling on sources from the ship's owner in Monaco and that the client has called for guarantees on advance payments of 15 million euro to be enforced and that they were allegedly paid this week.

According to unofficial information, the state has 12.7 million euro in active guarantees for the Flying Clipper while sources in the Finance Ministry earlier in the week denied the allegations by the Novi List about the activation of the guarantees.

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Monday, 10 June 2019

Brodosplit Building Polar Cruise Ship for Quark Expeditions

ZAGREB, June 10, 2019 - The keel of a groundbreaking polar expedition ship to be called the Ultramarine, which is being built for US client Quark Expeditions, was laid at Brodosplit shipyard on Monday.

The ship to be completed next year will be 128 meters long, with a beam of 21.5 meters, it will weigh 13,500 gross tons and have two helidecks and 20 fast life boats. Four electric and diesel engines will enable it to sail at 16 knots.

The ship will combine state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge safety features that will enable passengers to disembark more quickly and go deeper into the polar wilderness.

"This is a new business success for Brodosplit and a positive step forward on the market. This will be a beautiful ship that will accommodate 196 passengers who will be cared for by a 113-crew. With such ships, Brodosplit is definitely competing with the world market," said the dock's spokesman, Josip Jurišić.

He added that Brodosplit was operating in the black and its order books were full until 2022.

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Friday, 15 March 2019

Živi Zid Accuses Major Parties of Brodosplit Wrongdoing

ZAGREB, March 15 (Hina) - Following the announcement by the opposition Živi Zid party that it would file a criminal complaint against the owner of the Brodosplit shipyard, Tomislav Debeljak, the shipyard's management, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and his predecessors Tihomir Orešković and Zoran Milanović, and former Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak for financial wrongdoing at the Split-based shipyard, the ruling HDZ and the strongest opposition party SDP denied their responsibility for the current problems at Brodosplit, accusing each other of financial machinations.

The chairman of the HDZ parliamentary group, Branko Bačić, said that criminal complaints were Živi Zid's "modus operandi", adding that what people thought of them was best shown by a fall in their approval ratings. He said that the government of Prime Minister Plenković cared about the shipbuilding industry, especially about the Uljanik Group, but had to deal with problems of the previous SDP government.

"When (the SDP-led government) said in 2012 and 2013 that the five billion kuna invested was the last the government was giving and that there would be milk and honey after that, they obviously were not telling the truth. Already by the end of 2015, at the end of the SDP's term, a guarantee was issued to Uljanik which was not spent on what it was issued for, so that last year we had to allocate 916 million kuna so that workers could receive their wages. That was done by this government to give the management enough time to agree a restructuring plan and find a strategic partner, but it turned out that they did not find a partner and the plan was made sloppily," Bačić said.

Branko Grčić, an SDP MP and former deputy prime minister in the Zoran Milanović government, described Živi Zid's move as "the initiative of a group of people who never even ran a local council, which means that they never took care of thousands of people who worked or who work in the shipbuilding sector."

"They don't understand the significance of the shipbuilding industry for the Croatian economy and state. Shipbuilding accounts for about 15 percent of exports and that is reason enough to fight for this industry," Grčić said.

Grčić said that contrary to their statements, the present and previous HDZ governments had issued about 360 million euro in guarantees to Uljanik and a further 45 million dollars to the Uljanik shipping company, but nothing of that "was built into the ships". "After a while they faced a crisis at Uljanik, whereas what we did produced certain results and was visible in the delivery of newly-built ships."

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