Thanks to the Italy-Croatia Programme-funded project AdriaMORE, the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region procured a firefighting boat, which is now moored in Dubrovnik. The vessel is equipped with a satellite radar for off-shore firefighting operations and will be tasked with the monitoring of the southernmost part of the Adriatic that is difficult to be reached overland.
The vessel named Saint Florian after the protector of firefighters was delivered to the Firefighting Association of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region on the occasion of the International Civil Protection Day, on March 1st, 2019, is almost 10 meters long and will be mainly used for firefighting actions at sea and along the coastline near Dubrovnik.
Because of its size, it would also be suitable for interventions in case of pollution, not only for the installation of the floating dams, but also for quick interventions by chemical means in the event of minor pollution of the sea surface. Other possible uses may be for urgent medical interventions, pumping the sea in case of possible shipping damage, as well as towing damaged ships and for other maritime accidents of the sort.
The Saint Florian is considered as one of the most important outputs of the AdriaMORE project with a value amounting to over 125.000,00 Euros, of which 85% was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Italy-Croatia Programme and 15% by the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region’s own funds.