Slano Marina: the new boost to the ACI chain


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Veljko Barbieri Slano Marina, the 22nd marina in the Adriatic Croatia International Club (ACI) chain, has been completed by Marinetek NCP as a perfect tie-in with ACI’s 33rd birthday. Slano is the first new marina to be built for ACI in 18 years.

Situated just 30km from the historic part of Dubrovnik and 49km from Cilipi Airport, Slano is a favoured tourist destination nestled in a 2km bay with sheltered swimming and sailing waters. The new 200-berth marina will in general accommodate vessels up to 20m in length and be home to small charter fleets. Larger visiting boats can moor up if space permits. “We expect berth occupancy to be 50:50 for Croatians versus overseas boat owners,” says Marina Director Danijela Stankovic. “Most of our Croatian customers will come from Dubrovnik so that they can be closer to the nearby islands. In terms of charter, we already have one client signed up with a 5 to 10 boat fleet that should eventually expand to twenty,” she adds.

Designed to exceptionally high standards and with a build cost in excess of HRK 60 million (over EUR 8 million), Slano Marina is configured with expensive Indonesian hardwood decked Marinetek concrete pontoons. Heavy Duty 3000AC pontoons were used to create two 120m long x 3m wide piers. Type 3800BR pontoons (without keels) form a breakwater to the north and a breakwater of 4300BRK units (with keels) protects the marina basin from the west. A 100m long x 4.3m wide walkway was also installed at the shoreline. As the marina is located in shallow water, dredging to a depth of 3m was required and most of the concrete sinkers were buried in order to maintain water depths of at least 2.5m at all times. All berths are full-service courtesy of Marex painted stainless steel pedestals with Smart Metering.

In addition to offering sheltered quality pontoon mooring, the marina has a pool, pub, restaurant, berth holder sanitary facilities and ample car parking.

As an undoubted asset to Slano, the marina has increased the value of nearby private property and will further boost local tourism. “Over the past three years we have helped local communities and municipalities by refurbishing our marinas and encouraging nautical tourism,” says ACI CEO Doris Perucic. “This good connection is very important to us.”

Marinetek NCP has been instrumental in the ACI renovation plans. “In addition to building Slano Marina from scratch, we’ve refurbished nine ACI marinas to date,” says Managing Director Boris Miskic. “It’s been very rewarding to help bring each marina up to top standard and a great pleasure to design, build and install such high specification infrastructure for ACI’s 22nd marina.”