Help for yacht-owners
A SeaHelp spokesperson: “Often, yacht owners have already booked services at the new marina that they would like to take advantage of before the upcoming start of the water sports season. We offer assistance in towing them to the new marina by sea in the Croatian Adriatic, acting as an extension of the local owner’s arm in times of COVID-19”.
Calm sea – also in terms of shipping traffic
Yet SeaHelp’s maritime forces in the Adriatic Sea are in the enviable position of being almost alone. Only a few ships from government agencies cross their path every now and then. In the marinas that they pass on their way from Pula to Novigrad, the first yachts are being prepared for the upcoming season, but apart from that there is still some peace and quiet.
Marina Novigrad – everything safe
This also applies to the Novigrad Marina. When the SeaHelp towing team arrives, there are marineros on site to take over the new yacht and moor it properly. The Marina Rovinj is situated in a quiet and peaceful spot in the spring sun. Here, too, people are preparing for the imminent border openings and expect a rush of owners who can hardly wait to get their yacht back into service.
Adriatic Marinas: Turnover missing
A SeaHelp survey of Croatian marinas showed that they too are naturally suffering from the current situation: Sharply declining sales in service operations, closed café bars and restaurants, a partial lack of overnight guests where such facilities are offered and, of course, the loss of transit berths are already making themselves felt in the cash register. At the same time, the yachts in the marinas and on the dry berths demand much more attention than if the owners were on site.
Towing service to be continued
“In April and May, heavy rain or bora is always to be expected, so we have to take special care of the yachts entrusted to us,” says a Marina employee. Members who are thinking about changing marinas can still contact Europe’s leading breakdown service at sea, the towing service will continue.