UPLS November 8, 2019
PHOTO: Milivoje Shujdovic

Kao šit is known that in Novi Sad and in Apatin or Bezdan, ships leave the country when leaving for the Republic of Croatia (ports of Vukovar or Osijek). It would not be worth mentioning that the ships do not have to return to one of the ports in the Republic of Serbia. Here we come to a very interesting situation. For example, we will list only one of the possible situations that boatmen and employers face, that is. shipowners.


The ship sails to Vukovar for unloading, performs an exit audit in Novi Sad. In Vukovar, he performed the entry audit, completed the unloading, made the exit audit and has a scheduled loading in Bogojevo. The ship must sail downstream to Novi Sad, do an entrance audit and then sail upstream again towards Bogojevo. And what's weird about that, the uninitiated wonders. It is strange that Vukovar is at 1335 km and Novi Sad at 1255 km of the Danube River, and Bogojevo at 1367 km of the Danube River !!! By a simple calculation, we come to the point that the ship crossed 80 km downstream and then 112 km upstream instead of sailing upstream from Vukovar to Bogojevo and crossing upstream ONLY 32 km !!!

If we take that the average fuel consumption per hour is about 200 liters, and the ship travels an average of 10 km / h, we come to the figure of almost 3500 euros of net fuel loss. To this must be added the daily allowance of the crew members and the lost time in sailing. The total loss due to the outdated bureaucracy and the lack of will of those responsible, is between 2000 and 5000 euros, depending on the ship and sailing conditions.

There are quite a few such cases in one year. We have ships that sail beyond all logic and common sense.

All this, of course, increases the cost of doing business and with simple math we come to large sums of money. It is worth mentioning that by sailing ships like this, in our opinion unnecessary, we also increase the pollution of the environment with exhaust gases due to bureaucratic anomalies.

As a possible solution, we from the Association of Professional Boatmen of Serbia suggest the following:

That audits are determined in Bogojevo and Backa Palanka, such as audits for passenger ships in Donji Milanovac. When a passenger ship arrives from abroad in Donji Milanovac, customs officers and police are sent in a passenger vehicle and the entrance to the Republic of Serbia is done on the spot. We do not see any obstacle for the same procedure to be applied to ships coming from the Republic of Croatia to the ports of Bogojevo and Backa Palanka. Needless to say, there is a regular land crossing between Serbia and Croatia in these cities. We believe that this would not in any way jeopardize the activities of the services in charge of the procedure of crossing the state border. In practice, such a way of controlling the crossing of the state border is already functioning, it should only be applied in the mentioned sector. This would make it easier for shipping companies to operate, reduce operating costs and make the already very difficult job of people working on ships easier.

Captain Miodrag Pancic
UPLS On 06.11. 2019