Šibenik port is one of the oldest and best-sheltered ports on the Croatian part of the Adriatic coast (43° 44' N, 15° 53' E). It is located at the inundated river Krka estuary, which forms a unique natural resort 75 km long with an altitude difference of 360 meters. The Port is naturally sheltered from waves and winds, and is accessed through St. Ante's channel (2700 meters long and 120-300 meters wide), which enables access for vessels up to 50 000 DWT.
Total port surface is 430 ha (348 ha of sea surface). The port is 10 km long, 300-1200 meters wide with depths between 8-40 meters.
Average sea salinity in the port is 18-20 per mill on the surface and 35.4 per mill at the depth of 4 meters. Speed of current in St. Ante's channel varies from 0.5 to 2.5 knots, depending on the season, i.e. water level in the Krka river. Tidal range fluctuations are insignificant, ranging from 0.25m to 1.10m.
Facilities: Accommodation. Well sheltered harbour. Entrance through a channel 2.2 km long. Berthing Quays, 1625 m, depth 5.20-10 m. - On the NE of Vurnaza Bay is timber loading Quay Šipad 294 m long with 5-8 m (16’-16’) alongside. In the N part of Klobusak Bay is the Rogac Quay, 432 m long, 7-11m (33?) alongside. 2/7 t and 3/5 t cranes. Hydrants for fresh water supply. On the N coast of Dobrika Bay is Gat Vrulje Quay, It is trapezoidal and is used for loading ore, general cargoes, bags cargoes and bulk cargoes. The head of the quay has a length of 113 m with a depth of 7,2 m (23'6") alongside, the SE side of the quay has a length of 132 m with a depth of 9 m (29,5’) alongside. The NW side of the quay (RO-RO pier) has a length of 90 m with depths of 7-7,2 m alongside. The quay is provided with hydrants for water supply. From Gat Vrulje to inner bay is Dobrika Quay, 228 m long with a depth of 9,8 m (32’8") alongside. Equipped with 1/400 t cap unloader for Phosphates. In NW part of harbour there is Crnica Pier120 m long with depth of 7,5 m (24’6”) alongside. 1/8 t crane. Obala Hrvatske mornarice quay 444 m long with depths from 3-3,5 m (10-18’) for yachts.
STORAGE Warehouse space, 5.000 m2. Tank space 2.000 m3. Open storage 95.000 m2
BULK Two berths, 10 m depth, shore cranes with grabs and open storage space of 20.000 m2. A phosphate terminal of 105.000 t cap with equipment for handling 4.000 t/day, depth 9,6 m (9,8 m using wooden distancers).
GARBAGE Garbage collected in plastic bags.
BUNKERS Diesel oil and Gas oil available in small quantities and with advance notice.
PROVISION ISSA members available.
REPAIR "Remontno brodogradiliste" - Fax (22) 333-505. Dock for vessels up to 1.500 DWT.
TOWAGE One 1200 hp tug available and compulsory for vessels over 2.500 DWT entering/leaving the port. For vessels over 20.000 DWT 2 tugs compulsory (one available from Split on advance notice).
IMPORTS-EXPORTS Imports: phosphates, potash. Exports: fertilisers, timber, clay.
AIRPORT Split, 60 km.
WORKING HOURS Three shifts, 07:00-15:00, 15:00-23:00 and 23:00-07:00 only with grabs.
CARGO-WORKED Phosphates, 4.000 t/day. Timber, 200 m3/hatch/day. Fertilisers, 2.500 t/day.