March 24, 2019 - The only maritime passenger line between the Montenegrin and Italian coasts this season will be connected by the ferry of the Croatian company Jadrolinija. The ferry begins operating on 21 May.
It will be the third season that the Bar-Bari line will sail using the "Dubrovnik" passenger ship from Rijeka, as the Montenegrin state-owned company "Barska Plovidba" still failed to buy a ferryboat that would inherit the ship Sveti Stefan II, sent to old steel three years ago because of the shortage and inability to meet the technical conditions.
Management of “Barska Plovidba” visited colleagues in Rijeka at the end of February, where the conditions of operations and the line of navigation between the Montenegrin and Italian coasts were discussed with the leaders of Jadrolinija.
"Certainly, in "Barska Plovidba," we have the priority to buy a used ferryboat that could meet the conditions of the Bar-Bari line. The company currently has no money for this investment," said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Barska Plovidba," Ljubo Kočović.
Representatives of the two companies in the presence of Croatia's Ambassador to Montenegro Veselko Grubišić signed a business cooperation agreement on the Bar-Bari line maintenance in 2019 on Friday.
The line starts on 21 May by traveling from Bari to Bar, and this year's first "Dubrovnik" entry into the Bar harbor is expected on 22 May in the morning.
"Dubrovnik" will connect the coasts of Montenegro and Italy with the following dynamics from the second half of May to the end of November: in May and June once a week, July and August twice a week, and in September, October and November once a week. The agreed financial conditions will be at the level of last year," announced AD Barska Plovidba.
During 2018, the Bar-Bari line "Dubrovnik" crossed the Adriatic Sea 74 times and transported 21,887 passengers, 3,955 cars, 888 trucks, 206 campers, 44 buses, 36 trailers, and 460 motorcycles.