«Brodogradilište Cres» d.d. Cres developed on the foundations of two small well-known shipyards Chiole and Craglietto in April 1947.
Late in the 19th century about hundred ships of worldwide and great coastwise voyage were built in these shipyards. These ships were of the types: barque, brig, schooner, clipper, and we will mention only few of them:

• Nereo, Marizza, Giacomina G., Cherso, Drago G., Follia,
• Germano Antonio, Germana Antonio, Patrizio F.,
• Primo Neresinotto, Ricordati, Due Fratelli,
• Contesa Waldstein, Antonio P. ...

At the very beginning, after the World War II., it was a small shipyard («škver») on whose slipways small boats, fishing boats and sporting boats, were built.

Cargo boats built in those early days were:
• Volosko with 550 t carrying capacity; (today Adria – the biggest sailboat on the Croatian coast of the Adriatic)
• Ugljenar with 250 t;
• Alfa with 80 t

Six wooden fishing boats 14,5 m long, like Sotorišće, were also built. Sunj and Skarpunj were built in 1958, and Kokot and Vrana, 17,3 m long, in 1960, and ships Ćutin and Ranj were turned into ferries.

In 1957 the production of carts and cranes for palletizing in brickmaking industry for local and foreign market started, and a foundry for pig iron and non-ferrous metals was put in operation.

At the beginning the shipyard had two smaller slipways. Later one big and one small slipway were built, where wooden and iron ships up to 41 m in length could be pulled up out. A mechanical workshop and lay wharf 74 m long were also built.

Shipping Department was established in 1966 with 5 wooden ships:
• Lopar.............with 180 t
• Mornarić........with 170 t
• Njivice...........with 170 t
• Selce..............with 220 t
• Rabac.............with 220 t

It was a modest beginning, but an activity that was very developed in the 19th century was restored. According to its number and tonnage this activity was just behind Mali Lošinj and Volosko.

Later, following ships for transporting cargo and passengers inside the Adriatic sea and the Mediterranean were acquired:
• Zora;
• Palagruža;
• Sis;
• Zapuntel;
• Kimen;
• Merag;
• Valun;
• Buc;
• Pernat;
• Loznati;
• Nanos;
• Gorenjska;
• Hvar;
• Lovran;
• Ustrine;
• Poreč.

Today Shipping Department has at its disposal one vessel that navigates in Mediterranean, and this ship is:
• Pernat;

Also, the Shipping Department has two ships in its management:
• Adriacem I;
• Follia.

Turning-point in doing business of the shipyard, that is in the Shiprepair Department, took place on February 28th 1984 when a floating dock with 1000 tons lifting capacity was acquired. The first ship on the dock was the ferry-boat «Kalmar» owned by «Jadrolinija» - Rijeka.

The floating dock enabled the docking of bigger ships and made the work done on fishing boats easier since they were mostly pulled up out on slipways. In the same year, southern wharf and northern wharf with the trail for the crane (up to 5 t lifting capacity) were extended.

In the late 90s, by reconstruction, revitalization and building an annex to existing buildings, two plateaus for maintaining and keeping ships and vessels were built (the establishment of Yachting). In the same year a travel-lift with 100 tons lifting capacity that enables ships and boats to be beached was acquired.

In order to comply with new regulations of the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea (Convention SOLAS-ISM codex) and with current movements on the market looking for defined quality (Standard ISO 9000), the management of the shipyard decided to introduce to the company Safety and Quality Management System.
Codex and Standard bring regulations about controling and running a business and they practically affect the work of all employees in the company. One of the basic characteristics of both these systems is that actions take place in accordance with certain procedures, for every action it is known who performs it, how and when, who is responsible for what and that there are entries about everything.
Whether doing business of the company and ships meets the regulations of the system is established by controling the work and by issuing adequate certificates, in other words, it is being established whether employees work in accordance with corresponding standards.
The system has already been introduced in Shipping Department and the Department has been certificated with Croatian Register of Shipping. The system is also being gradually introduced in the Shiprepair Department and Yachting.

Today, the shipyard is qualified for repairs of iron ships up to 12000 t carrying capacity, all sizes of wooden ships and ships made of fiber-glass, for construction of wooden ships up to 15 m in length, repair and maintenance of engines and other ship equipment.

Today, along with the experience of the best island captains and ship-builders, the shipyard performs three basic acivities: shipbuilding, shipping industry and yachting.


The island of Cres is situated on the eastern coast of the Adriatic sea and it is the biggest island in Croatia. The extension of the island in the middle of the Bay of Kvarner in length of 65,5 km makes it the skeleton of Kvarner, that is, of the northern Adriatic. The Bay of Cres is 24 Nm distant from the main port and the city of Rijeka.
The shipyard is situated in the Bay of Cres in the town Cres and it has a good infrastructural support, satisfactory slope of the shore and sea depth and it is protected from bad weather, strong winds and waves.
The island is very well connected to the mainland by two ferry-boat connections (Porozina-Brestova and Merag-Valbiska), and thereby with Istria and the Adriatic Highway and through Rijeka by highway, railway and air connections with Croatian and European hinterland.
One of the advantages of the situation of the shipyard is in the favourable climatic conditions that enable repairs all year round.
Total area of the shipyard complex is 1,55 ha.

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