Project activities are focused on increasing the capacity, quality and safety of vessel berthing in the port of Sali, addressing drainage and water supply in the area concerned, and the rehabilitation and refurbishing of the quayside area.
The project envisages an extension of the port by constructing 149 metres of shoreline while securing a consistent draft of 4 metres. The new coastline will be positioned on 72 reinforced concrete piles with a 800/870 mm diameter. The construction will be followed by the rehabilitation of the quayside area adjacent to the new structure, and the construction of a 116 metre main breakwater for protection against wave action, resting on 18 drilled reinforced concrete piles with a 1300/1380 mm diameter.
Increasing the size of the port, adding new operating shoreline and building a breakwater will improve conditions for safer traffic and berthing of ships. The new shoreline and the inner part of the main breakwater will be used to moor public transport vessels, recreational and nautical tourism vessels. The construction of the breakwater allows temporary mooring of various vessels on the outer bank of the breakwater during the summer and in fair weather.
The goal of the project is to increase the safety of maritime traffic in the port of Sali, provide transport services throughout the year and improve the connection of Dugi otok with the mainland. The implementation of the project will contribute to the availability of sustainable, modern, safe and regular transport services for the local population and consequently improve the access to employment, education and other services for island communities.
With the realization of the project, the port of Sali will meet the safety conditions to accommodate ships even in extreme weather. The existing breakwater protects the port from wave action from the east and southeast, and the new breakwater will protect the port from other directions, after which the port will be fully protected. Investment in the upgrade of the port of Sali is necessary in order to enable the smooth functioning of regular liner and catamaran traffic.
The development of maritime infrastructure has a positive impact on the quality of life and demographic picture of the island, and the population of Dugi otok largely depends on good connections with the mainland. Therefore, it is necessary to provide the local population with quality and regular connections to the mainland and eliminate transportation challenges as a contributor to out-migration.
The project “Upgrade of port Sali” enables:
- Better quality of public maritime transport
- Greater passenger safety
- Long-term sustainability
- Improved overall quality of life
- Better transport connection of the island with the mainland
- Improved mobility
- Positive effects on economic development.