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Friday 28 September 2012 | 16:21:36 | Published in News

With the presence of the distinguished guests: the Ambassador of  Kingdom of Norway Henrik Ofstad  , the Croatian Minister of Business and Crafts Gordan Maras, the Mayor of Šibenik  dr. Ante Županović and many others,  Maritime Innovation Centre iNavis has been officially opened in Šibenik.

All distinguished guests were impressed by the project  that  was agreed upon at the highest level of the state officials few years ago and whose primary goal is to encourage  medium and small businesses in Šibenik and throughout Croatia. "Norway and Croatia have a strong maritime tradition, and I think that the opening of iNavis is only the beginning of greater cooperation which,  I believe,  will be intensified by the Croatian accession to the EU", the Ambassador Henrik Ofstad said while addressing the present guests and  entrepreneurs, as well as the  current and future users of facilities and services of business center iNavis and CroNoMar company. "This project was not built without facing many challenges but, with the support of the highest levels and unconditional help of the Šibenik local government, everything has been completed on  time.  I can see no reason why iNavis center would not succeed in its intention to help the local businesses greatly and to be the basis of future prolific cooperation between Croatian and Norwegian companies in many business areas.“

The inauguration program was moderated by Malvin Villabo, the director of CroNoMar company , who  did not hide his enthusiasm. "This is a great event for all of us. At this place, a year ago I saw only a skeleton of  these buildings, everything was so empty.  Today I can only say that I am delighted with the efforts and the achieved results", Villabo said.

"These projects are of particular importance in these times of crisis, because creating a positive business climate is of extremely importance nowadays", the Mayor of Šibenik, dr. Ante Županović said in his speech, not failing to notice the symbolism in a simultaneous celebration of the Day of the town and the opening of this center, whose activities should be of great importance for the local economy. "It is vital for the town of Sibenik, that this project opens up new opportunities for our businesses, and I also believe that this is just the beginning of a remarkable future cooperation", the Mayor concluded.

The Croatian Minister of Business and Crafts Gordan Maras sees the importance of iNavis opening in international cooperation, which, according to him, is basic in achieving  the planned annual growth of 5 % in  small and medium-sized enterprises. "The Croatian economy relies on the success of small and medium-sized businesses, and from the day I have arrived at the head of this department, we have been thinking about the various modalities of assistance and support to entrepreneurs. Because of that, the opening of  iNavis  is extremely important, as well as continued cooperation of Norway  and Croatia  at all levels", the minister said.

Another prominent guest, the director of  Norwegian governmental agency SIVA, Harald Kjelstad, pointed up that Croatia has made an important step forward when  decided  to connect with the strong Norwegian business associations. "This is a very wise decision and the guarantee of economy progress. I am proud of the fact that the project of iNavis center has been  completed so quickly", said the director of SIVA.

In addition to the speeches, the agreements on cooperation were signed between  domestic firm NCP - Repair Shipyard and Norwegian company Moen Marin, as well as between domestic boat manufacturer Sas Vektor and Norwegian company Rana Plast AS, both in the presence of distinguished guests and numerous journalists. These contracts are actually the continuation of the former successful cooperation  and because of that, the exports from Croatia  to the Kingdom of Norway  was increased  by 620% in the last year. The Norwegian clients have already contracted the new ship buildings with domestic shipbuilders, and delivery is expected by the end of 2012. and in the first quarter of 2013.

The inauguration program was continued in the afternoon, when the Norwegian experts presented their own knowledge and experience in the field of international business cooperation, maritime sector and the European funds exploitations for triggering the economic climate and creating a positive competitiveness. 

Author: Marko Podrug for Media in
Šibenik, 28.09.2012.

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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.