Reinventing Rovinj: Marinetek creates a flagship marina for ACI


Once a small fishing village and today a prime Croatian tourist attraction, the town of Rovinj on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula has medieval architecture, narrow cobbled streets and the most modern marina in the Adriatic Croatia International Club (ACI) portfolio. Marina Rovinj, with all-new floating infrastructure supplied and installed by Marinetek, raises the bar for marina standards on the Adriatic coast.

The new marina, which replaces a facility built by ACI in 1984/85, has two separate basins – one for annual berth holders and another for visitors – that together offer 196 berths for vessels of an average length of 17m. Berthing for yachts up to 35m is also available and even larger visiting vessels can be accommodated.

Demand for larger berths and demand, in general, for quality mooring in Rovinj has been the driving force behind the €20 million investment, ACI’s biggest to date. Shoreside facilities are cleverly designed to maximise waterfront views and offer exclusive amenities in contemporary, elegant interior settings. Marinetek Heavy Duty pontoon elements have been employed to create four 3.3m wide floating piers, measuring 54m, 57m, 69m and 75m in length.

“We completed the design, delivery and installation of all the piers, associated equipment and anchorage systems to meet the agreed schedule of March 2019,” confirmed Marinetek Adriatic Managing Director Boris Miškic. The pontoons have sleek, high quality WPC decking in two shades of grey and coordinated alongside fenders. Identical decking is used on the 1.2m wide x 6.0m long access bridges. All pontoons are secured using chains and anchors, and vessels moor up Mediterranean style.

Marina Rovinj is one of 22 ACI marinas; the largest chain in the Mediterranean. The network stretches from Umag in the far north of Croatia down south to Dubrovnik and includes ACI’s newest site – Veljko Barbieri Slano Marina – delivered by Marinetek in 2016.

“We are delighted to have continued our long-standing working relationship with ACI to help create a new flagship facility in Rovinj. The rebuilt marina has been warmly welcomed by boat owners and can now offer a nautical service that was previously lacking in the town. By offering larger berths, Rovinj will also attract a new category of guest,” Miškic said.

ACI prides itself on operating marinas in scenic waters and historic locations. Rovinj fits the brief perfectly – with an archipelago of 14 islands to explore, and the commanding steeple of the church of patron saint Euphemia to guide every boat back towards the heart of the centuries-old town.