The idea about Maritime Innovation Centre has been initiated already in 2006. In December 2008 the Memorandum of Understanding between Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the City of Šibenik and former Trade and Investment Agency was signed convey partners readiness to realize the project of establishing a Croatian - Norwegian Maritime Innovation Centre, located in Šibenik.The main objective of the project was defined as establishing of the linkages between Croatian and Norwegian partners and creation co-operation on the development projects related to innovation, business development and commissioned research.
The Norwegian partners have established a Croatian company – CroNoMar in order to carry out the activities of the project in Croatia and to actively participate in further development of Croatian marine maritime activities.
In summer 2012, the Innovation Incubator of Maritime Innovation Centre - iNavis was opened. The Innovation Incubator is under CroNoMar-s management. The Centre has 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 Marine and Maritime sector.
From the very beginning until today, the pat that was set up in the Memorandum of Understanding has been followed, providing Co-location of Businesses, Services and Innovation Activities and the idea has become a reality!
CroNoMar is on daily basics assisting tenant companies to develop into successful businesses;taking care of startups and working on developing projects helping them to grow into a quality business companies. All tenants are able to share all other services needed for running and maintaining daily businesses (IT, maintenance, supply, etc..).
The results after first year - 80 % of the area is occupied and 2 tenant companies have signed a contract with Norwegian partners! The incubator tenants are different companies from the marine and maritime sector like naval architect office, hydro engineering – diving, seafarers, maritime equipment distributor, etc. together with service providers with “at site” service, all together forming the unique offer within marine and maritime sector in Croatia.
After one year of successful start, Innovation incubator is heading full speed ahead and the iNavis Centre is growing into the region's and Croatian leading Marine/Maritime Centre.
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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF OUR STAFF
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.