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

Merry Christmas and Happy 2021!


Investigating the carbon intensity of ferries

Ferry emissions are over-proportional with respect to the number of these ships. Half of the European ferry emissions stem from the Mediterranean, this largely reflecting a greater number of ships operating in this sea. Which factors affects ferry carbon intensity and energy efficiency? New insights and perspective from a study realized by the CMCC Foundation in the framework of GUTTA project activities.


Ammonia as a fuel for shipping: challenges and opportunities

On December 16, 2020, the director of CSA Mare nostrum, Sandro Vidas, participated in the webinar Ammonia as a shipping fuel: challenges and opportunities.


Green Shipping Expert Group

EU funded STEERER project kick starts the work of the newly formed Green Shipping Expert Group with first workshop

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