ZAGREB, April 18, 2020 (Hina) – The ferry service for cargo transport between Zadar and Ancona will be restored on April 26, after its recent suspension as part of the measures imposed to curb the outbreak of COVID-19.
The reintroduction of this ferry connection with that Italian seaport is a result of an agreement reached by the Croatian Transport Ministry and Croatian road haulage companies, members of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), the chamber said on Saturday.
Before the suspension, this service provided twice a week by the Jadrolinija shipping company was used by some 70 trucks from all Croatian counties every week.
The ferry route between Zadar and Ancona brings financial and time-saving benefits for many hauliers as they avoid more border crossings, the HGK says.
The reintroduction of this ferry line will be conducive to faster transfer of goods and to the normalisation as well as to better connectivity and economic cooperation of the two countries, said Mirjana Cagalj of the HGK.
Last Thursday Transport Minister Oleg Butkovic hinted at possible relaxation of coronavirus-related restrictions in the transport sector, proposing the gradual restoration of the public city and suburban rail transport for commuters.
In maritime transport, he said, the ministry will propose the restoration of the line between Zadar and Ancona for cargo transport and some catamaran routes, and he underscored that this would be done in line with social distancing rules and all the recommendations made by epidemiologists.