To mark the Day of Sailors that coincided with the St. Nicholas Day, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure recognised Marina Kaštela for its contribution to the development of maritime commerce. The award ceremony took place in Zadar during the official ceremony on the Day of Sailors and Captains.

Mrs. Maja Markovčić Kostelac, a State Secretary, gave the award for the contribution to the development of maritime commerce to Mr. Joško Berket, the owner of Marina Kaštela. The award was given for the construction of the nautical tourism port – Marina Kaštela in Kaštel Gomilica. The marina was developed in several phases, with 400 sea berths and 200 dry berths. The following was emphasized at the award ceremony;

– the facilities at Marina Kaštela are private investments for public use by the residents of the City of Kaštel. In addition to being a tourism and a maritime institution, Marina Kaštela also plays an important role in the development of the city. The presence of the marina in the Bay of Kaštel also implies participation in the community and supporting its development. Marina Kaštela, through the establishment of the sailing, rowing and female volleyball teams and sponsoring other sports clubs, cultural, educational and humanitarian projects, such as the Calm Sea Project, has been assisting persons with special needs for more than 12 years.

In accordance with the award ceremony protocol, Cap. Berket addressed everyone present and thanked them on behalf of all award winners. He acknowledged Mr. Oleg Butković, a Minister, and Mrs. Maja Markovčić Kostelac, a State Secretary, whom he congratulated on her new position as the EMSA Director (European Maritime Safety Agency).  Captain Berket directed a few words to Mr. Ante Gotovina and his wife congratulating them on their involvement in the fishing industry and on their entry into the circle of families who make their living from the sea.

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