The number of passengers in the third quarter of 2021 continues to increase
In the third quarter of 2021, a total of 15 849 thousand passengers embarked or disembarked in Croatian seaports. Compared to the same period of 2020, it was an increase of 50.1%, while, compared to the same period of 2019, it was still a decrease of 15.9%.
The circumstances brought about by the spread of the COVID-19 disease in 2020 have directly influenced the decrease in the traffic of passengers and vehicles in Croatian seaports, which are now beginning to recover.
In the third quarter of 2021, passengers on cruise ships continued to return, their number amounted to 162 thousand, and the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Šibenik, Hvar and Zadar recorded a significant increase in the traffic of passengers on cruise ships. Compared to the same quarter of 2019, it was a decrease of 74.9%.
In the third quarter of 2021, there was a significant increase in embarked and disembarked vehicles compared to 2020. Compared to 2019, a total of 5.2% more passenger cars and 52.0% less coaches embarked on and disembarked from ships.
Decrease in the traffic of goods in seaports
The total traffic of goods at the level of the Republic of Croatia decreased by 8.9% compared to the same period of 2020, which was caused by the decrease in the traffic of liquid bulk goods of 15.7% (with the share of 53.0% in the total traffic of goods) and in the traffic of dry bulk goods of 3.2% (with the share of 24.0% in the total traffic of goods), as compared to the same period of 2020. On the other hand, the traffic of containerised goods increased by 6.9% (with the share of 16.0% in the total traffic of goods).
Out of five ports, which generate 93.0% of the total goods traffic in seaports, a decrease in the third quarter of 2021 was recorded in the ports of Omišalj (22.8%), Rijeka (0.8%) and Bakar (39.5%).
1. TRAFFIC OF SHIPS, PASSENGERS AND GOODS IN SEAPORTS
2. TRAFFIC OF GOODS IN SELECTED1) SEAPORTS, THIRD QUARTER OF 2021
1) Ports that had the total annual traffic of goods greater than or equal to one million tonnes in the last three years.
3. TRAFFIC OF PASSENGERS IN SELECTED1) SEAPORTS, THIRD QUARTER OF 2021
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, THIRD QUARTER OF 2021
1) The index exceeds 999.
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 web page of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (http://www.dzs.hr) within Databases, where they can be browsed and printed in various formats. Database is 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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