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Friday 20 July 2012 | 14:46:09 | Published in News

CroNoMar has been operational for 3 years in Sibenik since spring 2009. The company has been sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the project: Maritime Innovation Center in Sibenik and within the cooperative framework settled in Memorandum of Understanding - MOU for this purpose in December 2008. 

Intention set up in MOU - the project of establishing a Croatian - Norwegian Maritime Innovation Centre, located in Sibenik, with the capacity of hosting and supporting Croatian-Norwegian commercial and institutional co-operation while creating an attractive business premises for business start-ups and development projects in the Maritime sector has been full field in July 2012. First tenants are moving into the Centre.

The purpose of the project is to contribute to the creation of a favourable and recognizable environment for co-operation whilst increasing the interaction between Norwegian and Croatian institutions and businesses in the maritime sector. The project is also aiming to create work opportunities for highly educated people in the region.

The main objective of the project is to establish linkages between Croatian and Norwegian partners, and to create co-operation on the development projects related to innovation, business development and commissioned research within marine/maritime sector. 
As a major instrument for obtaining the goals, the Maritime Innovation Centre - iNavis has been established for hosting marine/maritime businesses and corresponding activities. Intention is that 50% of the Centre is “reserved” for well/already established companies, 25%  towards service providing companies and 25% to innovation part of the Centre. Different institutions and agencies are included in project securing long term support to the project and facilitating active cooperation with the relevant Croatian public bodies, such as different Ministries, and others as deemed necessary.

A summary of CroNoMar Achievements so far is as follows:

  • Together with City of Sibenik setting upthe Maritime Innovation Center – iNavis; attractive, open atmosphere both for employees and businesses. CroNoMar will within innovation area give business support to tenants including access to international networks, markets, cooperation with foreign companies, direct business support from Norway, consultancy services , seminars, advertising, etc.
  • Creating maritime business relations between Norwegian and Croatian maritime industry. So far 2 leisure boat production contracts has been operational and one contract for building of work boats for the international Aquaculture industry; creating in 2011 within project with NCP 20 mil kn of export value, project with Sasvektor 6 mil kuna, project with Marine Globe 4 mil kn. Within these projects 10 new work places in 2011 have been created and 40 of them preserved.
  • Creating Marine and Maritime R&D-collaborations between relevant institutions in Croatia and Norway, etc.

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  • Gordan Polonijo, Technical supervisor
    Gordan Polonijo, Technical supervisor

    M: +385 91 214 00 28


    Technical supervisor in CroNoMar, Croatian. MSc in Mechanical engineering - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture Zagreb, 17 years of experience in shipbuilding on various new building such as Cutter suction dredger, Jack Up platform, Chemical tankers, Livestock carrier, Car Carrier, Fisherman vessel, Bulk carrier, LPG tanks, Cable layer, Suction Hopper dredger, etc. In Uljanik Shipyard I was Head of QA/QC dept. I’m also playing a role as a member of Board of the director in Croatian society of Nondestructive testing HDKBR.

  • Malvin Villabø, CEO
    Malvin Villabø, CEO

    P: +47 92066640


    CEO of CroNoMar, Norwegian. 19 years of experience in management of innovation company in Norway. 20 years of experience as researcher and manager in MARINTEK - The Norwegian Marine Research Institute. 2 years in Shipping. MSc in Automation Engineering.

  • Ana Zajc - Senior Project Consultant
    Ana Zajc - Senior Project Consultant

    M: +385 91 124 00 22


    Senior Project Consultant in CroNoMar, Croatian. Educated in Economics and Criminology science. Certified for implementation of EU projects. 10 years of experience on development projects as senior consultant, 4 years of experience as technical director of Tino d.o.o. (export, transport, construction company), 6 years of experience as office manager of Trimag d.o.o. (marketing, tourism, architecture).

  • Željko Ninić, Senior Project Consultant
    Željko Ninić, Senior Project Consultant

    M: +385 91 214 00 25


    Senior Project Consultant in CroNoMar, Croatian. MSc in Mec - Faculty of Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering Zagreb, started engineering career from a workshop floor (CAD/CAM machining) in duration of 2 years, next 5 years as a product designer in R&D department (healthcare industry), 11 years of experience in project management (water supply and waste water engineering, marina installations and HVAC).

  • Zdenko Jerković, Technical supervisor
    Zdenko Jerković, Technical supervisor

    Present location – Pula
    M: +385 91 214 0024


    Technical supervisor in CroNoMar, Croatian. MSc in Naval Architecture - Faculty of Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering Zagreb, 22 years of experience in ship building,ship repair and off-shore from construction engineer position through the positions of project engineer, project manager, Seling dpt. manager, site manager, surveyor and consultant. Employments in companies Brodosplit, Vulkan, Brodoremont Vranjic, Viktor Lenac, RLE,ZIT, Adria-mar, TE Marin and on a contract base for foreign companies TTS, Songa offshore, Willtech…

  • Marko Kelava, Technical supervisor
    Marko Kelava, Technical supervisor

    Present position - Šibenik
    M: +385 91 214 00 26


    Technical supervisor in CroNoMar in CroNoMar, Croatian. Bsc in Naval Architecture – Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture Split, 11 years experience in ship building and ship repair trough the positions of Surveyor, Head of Assembly workshop, Project manager and Head of New building department. previous employee of Brodotrogir d.d., R.L.E. t.p., Solinbrodogradnja d.o.o. - Shipyard Vranjic.

  • Dalibor Varnica, Technical supervisor
    Dalibor Varnica, Technical supervisor

    M: +385 91 214 00 27


    Technical supervisor in CroNoMar, Croatian. BSc in Mechanical engineering – University of Split- Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. More than 20 years of experience in shipbuilding on various new building such as Frigo ship, Bulk carriers, Juice carrier, Heavy lifters, Ro Pax ferry, Yacht, Polar cruisers, Military patrol vessels and off shore projects through the positions of foreman, Workshop engineer, Workshop manager, Assembly manager, Ship manager and PM assistant, Head of preassembly and outfitting workshop and Project manager. All within the Brodosplit shipyard.

  • Zdenka Stošić, Administrative referent
    Zdenka Stošić, Administrative referent

    M: +385 91 124 00 21


    Administrative referent in CroNoMar, Faculty of Economy, 4 years of experience as sales manager in Plodine - managing and monitoring  sales, employment management, 4 years of experience as sales manager in Jolly - managing sales and assortment, 2 years of experience as accounting administrator – calculations, P&L account, 5 years of experience as external co operant in Prva stambena štedionica, Zagrebačka banka d.d. – Loans, savings, insurances, collaterals.