Increase in the number of passengers in the first quarter of 2022
In the first quarter of 2022, a total of 3 million passengers embarked or disembarked in Croatian seaports. Compared to the same period of 2021, it was an increase of 23.7%.
In the first quarter of 2022, the number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships amounted to 2.95 million, which was 23.3% higher than in the same period of 2021. The increase in the number of passengers was recorded in all major ports as well as in international traffic. Furthermore, 21.4% more passenger cars and 92.2% more coaches embarked on and disembarked from ships compared to the same quarter of 2021.
Out of the total number of passengers in seaports, 9 thousand disembarked from cruise ships and visited, among others, the ports of Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. Given that there was no traffic of passengers on cruise ships in the first quarter of 2021, the return of cruise ships in Croatian seaports is noticeable.
Increase in goods traffic
The total traffic of goods at the level of the Republic of Croatia increased by 3.7% compared to the same period of 2021, as a result of the increase in the traffic of dry bulk goods of 30.7% (with the share of 32% in the total traffic) and the increase in tonnes of containerised goods of 17.9% (with the share of 19% in the total traffic). The traffic of liquid bulk decreased by 16.7% (with the share of 40% in the total traffic).
Of the five ports that account for 91% of the total traffic of goods in seaports, the increase in the first quarter of 2022 was recorded in the ports of Ploče (52.5%) and Rijeka (10.9%) compared to the first quarter of 2021.
1 TRAFFIC OF SHIPS, PASSENGERS AND GOODS IN SEAPORTS
2 TRAFFIC OF GOODS IN SELECTED1) SEAPORTS, FIRST QUARTER OF 2022
1) Ports that had the total annual traffic of goods greater than or equal to 1 million tonnes in the last three years.
3 TRAFFIC OF PASSENGERS IN SELECTED1) SEAPORTS, FIRST QUARTER OF 2022
1) Ports that had the total traffic of passengers greater than or equal to 200 000 in the last three years.
4 EMBARKED AND DISEMBARKED PASSENGER VEHICLES, BY HARBOUR MASTER’S OFFICES, FIRST QUARTER OF 2022
Cumulative data do not always equal the sum of individual monthly results due to the rounding of numbers to the nearest thousand.
Since 2013, detailed monthly data have been available on the official website of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, under “PC-Axis databases”, where it is possible to browse and print data in various forms. Databases are updated quarterly.
Sources and methods of data collection
The Croatian Bureau of Statistics carries out the statistical survey on the traffic in seaports by using the databases of the Croatian Integrated Maritime Information System. The Croatian Bureau of Statistics takes over a part of the database from the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, after which it performs further processing.
The Croatian Integrated Maritime Information System (CIMIS) has been used as a uniform platform for the recording of arrivals and departures of ships. Among other data, ships submit information on the traffic of goods and passengers to CIMIS through authorised maritime agents and shippers. The accuracy and completeness of the data in the official proceedings of registration is verified by the harbour master’s offices.
The detailed notes on methodology are issued in the publication entitled "Methodological Basics for Statistical Survey Traffic in Seaports", which is also available on the web site of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.
Data on traffic in seaports include arrived and departed ships, embarked and disembarked passengers and loaded and unloaded goods and relate to activities in all public seaports in the Republic of Croatia.
The statistical survey includes all ships under the national and foreign flags that arrived to or departed from the seaports in the Republic of Croatia, regardless of the activity they perform. Ships in ballast are included.
Data on traffic of passengers also include the passengers on cruise ships on excursions and present only their disembarkment.
Statistical port consists of one or more ports, normally controlled by harbour master’s branch offices able to record ship and cargo movements.
Ships are vessels with a length of more than 12 m and of over 15 GT or those authorised to carry more than 12 passengers.
Sea passenger is considered to be every person that makes a sea journey on a merchant ship. Service staffs assigned to merchant ships are not regarded as passengers. Non-fare paying crew members travelling but not assigned and infants in arms are excluded.
Cruise passenger excursion is a short visit by a cruise passenger to a tourist attraction associated with a port while retaining a cabin on board.
National traffic of passengers refers to the traffic between two national ports.
International traffic of passengers includes the traffic between a port of embarkment of passengers in the Republic of Croatia and a port of disembarkment of passengers abroad and vice versa.
Goods are any goods moved on sea. This includes all packaging and equipment such as containers, swap-bodies, pallets or road goods vehicles. Goods carried in lorries, trailers or semi-trailers are included. Conversely, the following items are excluded: bunkers and stores of vessels, fish carried in fishing vessels and fish-processing ships, goods carried internally between different basins or docks of the same port.
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