The mission

of the Mare Nostrum association is to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of Croatian shipping on the global and European markets while respecting and promoting a culture of security and protection of the marine environment.

The association achieves this mission by representing the interests of its members in the appropriate bodies at the national, regional, European, and global levels.

The association continuously and persistently cultivates a culture of dialogue both among its members and with the appropriate bodies, other associations, and the scientific and professional public to promote the goals of the association and to increase awareness of the importance of maritime affairs, but especially the shipping industry.

Mare Nostrum advocates the principles of excellence and promotesa quality shipping industry.

Mare Nostrum is the centralplace for discussions on all of the important professional questions in the shipping industry, the co-creator of maritime policy, and the central place for analyzing the future of the shipping industry. Mare Nostrum encourages innovativeness and development, gathering knowledge and providing counsel to its members.

In carrying out its mission, Mare Nostrum cooperates with social partners, other related professional associations, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, recognized organizations and prominent bodies, maritime schools, other academic institutions, and the university community.

Mare Nostrum represents the interests of its members and promotes solutions to questions of interest to the shipping industry in the Croatian parliament, especially before the committee responsible for that industry, the appropriate ministries, and other institutions.

Mare Nostrum actively participates in the work of the European Shipowners' Association. Through this association it articulates, implements, and protects the interest of its members before European bodies.

Mare Nostrum represents the interest of its members in international maritime organizations and the International Labour Organization.


Mare Nostrum has been a recognized, reliable and successful representative of the interests of the Croatian shipping industry at the national, European and global levels.


In achieving its vision, and in cooperation with other bodies, institutions and organizations, Mare Nostrum promotes the following fundamental values:

Our work is based on knowledge - we test, investigate, gather, discuss, and get together with the goal of acquiring knowledge, on the basis of which we reach or encourage decision-making.

We are a reliable partner - We respect agreements we have made, we stand behind our word, and we expect the same from our partners and collaborators.

We are efficient in our work - the measure of our success is the achievement of our goals and getting results. We work on long-term goals and we seek long-term solutions but we do not neglect the need to create and implement short-term goals and to create an environment for the solutions of specific questions.

We pledge ourselves to quality in the shipping industry, to the security and protection of the marine environment. We are dedicated to those conditions in the shipping industry that will stimulate quality and security in the shipping industry.

Strategy and Goals

In achieving our mission and vision, Mare Nostrum works in particular on creating satisfactory conditions for the shipping industry, especially in regard to the registration and certification of ships, tax policies, competitive employment conditions, satisfactory financing and insurance conditions, and the reduction of administrative barriers to business.

Our strategic goals are:

  • Enhancing the competitiveness and attractiveness of the Croatian shipping industry in Europe and around the world.
  • Strengthening the association by bringing together all of the relevant factors in the shipping industry.
  • Ensuring the recognisability of the association and its goals.

News and events

European Shipping Summit 2023

Europan Shipping Summit was held in Brussels on 19-20 September 2023. Strategic importance of shipping and seafarers for the EU economy and security was emphasized as it transports more than 72% of the EU's external trade and secures the supply of essential goods such as food, energy, pharmaceuticals and raw materials. European shipping represents almost 40% of the global fleet. Important aspects of the green transition in shipping were discussed, such as low and zero carbon shipping, clean fuels, innovative technologies, vessel designs, as well as how adequate ship finance is key for implementation of sustainbility and achieving green transition and climate objectives.


Signed Collective Agreement for seafarers on ships that carry out transportation in liner coastal shipping

On June 29, 2023, in the morning hours in Rijeka, on the premises of Jadrolinija, the Collective Agreement was signed for seafarers on ships that carry out transportation in coastal shipping.

The Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković, President of the Jadrolinija Board David Sopta, representatives of the Croatian Shipowners' Association Mare Nostrum, representatives of trade union partners and other esteemed guests were present at the ceremonial signing of the Agreement.

The signatories of the agreement are the Croatian Shipowners Association Mare Nostrum, the Croatian Seamen's Union and the Independent Croatian Passenger Ship Seamen's Union.


118th Session of the Assembly of the Croatian Shipowners' Association Mare Nostrum

On Thursday, May 18, 2023, the 118th session of the Assembly of the Croatian Shipowners' Association Mare Nostrum was held at the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Pula.


Meeting about the Supervision of Croatian ships in foreign ports by port state inspectors

The meeting about the Supervision of Croatian ships in foreign ports by port state inspectors was held on April 4, 2023.


Happy Easter!


Croatian Shipowners’ Association Mare Nostrum is a full member of the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA)

From 1 January 2023, Croatian Shipowners’ Association Mare Nostrum is a full member of the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA). 


Towards a more sustainable maritime transport: research and innovation for route optimization in Puglia and in Croatia

Is it possible to improve and enhance maritime transport and, at the same time, contribute to reduce emissions in the field of mobility? The pathway towards a more sustainable ferry transportation can now benefit from a new and effective routing tool. This is thanks to the GUTTA project.

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