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Montenegro’s Coastal Ambition: A New Port in Ulcinj

Montenegro is charting new waters with a €15 million investment in a state-of-the-art fishing port in Ulcinj, heralding a new era for the nation's maritime and economic landscape

Montenegro is setting the stage for a significant maritime development, earmarking €15 million for the construction of a new fishing port at Cape Đerana in Ulcinj, signaling the nation’s commitment to bolster its maritime infrastructure and economic prospects. This initiative is part of a broader vision that includes proposed ports in Herceg Novi and the Marine Bar area, although these plans are awaiting approval.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Montenegro has disclosed that the commencement of construction works is anticipated post the summer tourist season of 2025, with a two-year timeline for completion. This development comes amidst a backdrop of cautious optimism and meticulous planning, with the ministry currently finalizing the project brief for engaging experts to draft the main project and tender documents.

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The initiative is a strategic move, following Montenegro’s agreement with the World Bank in 2018 under the MIDAS 2 project, aimed at institutional development and strengthening of the agricultural sector, overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Ulcinj port project, however, extends beyond mere economic development, promising environmental stewardship and community enrichment.

The Environmental Protection Agency has recently greenlit the Environmental Impact Assessment for the port, planned on the eastern side of Cape Đerana. Envisioned as a multifunctional haven, the port will cater to fishing, tourism, and recreational activities, featuring facilities for fish storage and packaging. The project promises to generate at least ten new jobs and accommodate 79 vessels up to 20 meters in length, enhancing the local economy and tourism sector.

Nestled between Pinješ Hill and the expansive Velika Plaža, near the Port Milena channel, the port’s strategic location is poised to leverage Ulcinj’s natural beauty and maritime heritage. With 67 parking spaces and a 35,000 square meter footprint, the port is set to become a pivotal hub for Montenegro’s southern coast.

As Montenegro embarks on this ambitious maritime project, the eyes of the region and beyond are watching. The port in Ulcinj is not just an infrastructure project; it’s a testament to Montenegro’s vision for a sustainable and prosperous maritime future.

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