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Basic Information
Port of Sibenik authority

Šibenik is big and one of the best protected ports in Croatian Adriatic (43° 44’ N, 15° 53’ E). It is situated in an inundated estuary of the Krka River, which with its 75km long flow and 360m of total fall, creates a unique natural reserve.
The port is naturally protected from the influence of wind and waves. The ships sail into the port through the channel of St. Anthony (2.700 m long and 120-300 m wide), which is easily navigable for ships up to 50.000 DWT. The port is 10 km long, 300 – 1200 m wide, and 8-40 m deep.

Weather conditions: gale-force winds can be bura (north-eastern wind) and jugo (south wind). Bura is the strongest in the north-western part of the port, and the weakest in the part of the coast from the Cathedral to the Krka pier. Jugo creates high and short waves.

Sea currents: in the area southwest from the entrance in the channel of St. Anthony outgoing current prevails. Its speed goes from 0,5 knots when the river flow is low, to 3 knots when river flow is strong. In the area southwest of the entrance in the channel of St. Anthony, the currents are weak, up to 0,4 knots. In case of gale-force jugo, the speed of NW current along the coast is 0,5 knots.

Sea level: average amplitudes of tides are from 0,2 – 0,4 m. Longstanding gale-force winds and abundant precipitations can rise the sea level up to 1,0 m (cyclonic jugo) and lower it for 0,4 m (anticyclonic bura).

Sea density: in the surface layer (depth 1-3 m) density ranges from 1.010,0 kg/m³ (during strong river flow) to 1.025,0 kg/m³ (during the dry season). Deeper than 3m, density ranges from 1.023,0 – 1.028,0 kg/m³.

Anchorage: anchorage is possible in the port area with the approval of the Harbour Master's Office in extraordinary conditions. The best places for anchorage are WSW and SSW from the cathedral.

Šibenik area:

Extends southeast from the island of Pašman and Kornati archipelagos to the cape Ploča and represents the continuation of the navigation ways from Middle and Pašman Channel through the sea of Murter towards the ports of Šibenik area. From the sea of Murter towards southeast, navigation is possible through the channels of Žirje, Kakan, Kaprije, Zmajan, Zlarin and Šibenik, and from the cape Ploče you can sail towards Split area.

From the open sea this area is accessible through passage of Samogradska vrata (between south part of Kornati islands and the island of Žirje) and south between the island of Žirje and the mainland.

Three passages lead to Šibenik channel: through Logorunska vrata towards the north part of the island of Prvić; through Šibenska vrata between the islands of Prvić and Zlarin, and between the island of Zlarin and the islet of Dvainka. Usually, ships sail through the passage between the islands of Prvić and Zlarin. When approaching Šibenik channel from the south in case of southern winds, it is recommended to sail through the passage between the island of Zlarin and the islet of Dvainka.

External anchorage of the port of Šibenik is situated 1-2 NM SE from the island of Zlarin and it is used in extremely bad weather conditions.

Internal anchorage of the port of Šibenik is situated west of the island of Krapanj, between the island of Drvenik and tourist resort Solaris on the mainland and it is defined with points:

A
latitude
43° 40’ 30" N  
C
latitude
43° 40’ 40" N
longitude
15° 52’ 45" E
longitude
15° 53’ 00" E
B
latitude
43° 41’ 25" N  
D
latitude
43° 40’ 00" N
longitude
15° 52’ 45" E
longitude
15° 53’ 50" E



 
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