New electric boats presented at Krka National Park (Croatia)

Two electric boats built in the Dalmont Shipyard in Kraljevica, Croatia, will carry a total of 100 passengers and 4 crew members, with space for 4 wheelchairs. These two boats will have a direct effect on long-term nature preservation

Named with local names - Visovac and Miljevci, they are two new electric boats in Krka National Park, near Croatian town Šibenik. Their purchase is a part of the project Unknown Krka: hidden treasures in the upper and middle court of the Krka River. One of the project aims is to develop sustainable development and preservation of the ecosystem of the Krka River.

Electric boats are the most acceptable ecological solution, particularly in protected areas. All activities in Krka National Park are aimed to implement the highest quality solutions that will have a long-term impact on conserving and protecting the biodiversity of the Krka River. The electric boats were constructed to the newest and the highest ecological and technological standards, which confirmed the hundreds of years of know-how of Croatian shipbuilding. The 14 metres long electric boats have been built using the highest-quality aluminium with the solar panels on the roof structure, which during the summer ensure an additional 10 hours of energy. This was an imperative concerning the water quality of the Krka River and the ecological factors that had to be met in order for the living water world to develop unhindered by the presence of humans. Krka National Park area is among the sunniest regions in Croatia (an average of 2647 sunny hours per year in Šibenik and 2377 in Knin), so it is obvious that this renewable source will be powering the boats during the summer season.

The Unknown Krka project, financed by the EU operational programme, worths over 10 million euro in total. It includes numerous infrastructure interventions within Krka National Park, the introduction of a lot of presentational and interpretational content for visitors, new walking paths and the improvement of the content management and visitation system. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop the national park and achieve better spatial and temporal distribution of visitors, which will improve their experience but also the the situation in and around the national park regarding economy, ecology and society.