Barbara, Protectress of the Sea


The central celebrations of the National Maritime Day, which took place in Koper on 7th March, also encompassed the commissioning of a new operations vessel purchased by Luka Koper as part of its maritime protection service. The Omnia 10.60 craft was christened Barbara after Ms Barbara Humar, manager of the European Energy Terminal at Luka Koper. The launch ceremony was attended by, among others, Mr Radovan Ċ½erjav, Slovenia’s Minister of Transport, Mitja Bricelj, state secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, the honorary Ambassador of EU Maritime Affairs, Mr Marko Pavliha, and an especially welcome guest, Mr Mohammed Mansour, Egypt’s Minister of Transport.

Manufactured by the Omnia Nautica shipyard in Aquileia Italy, the 10.6 m-long, 8-tonne Omnia Classic 10.60 fast patrol boat has been additionally equipped, whilst its twin 280 HP engines can propel the Barbara at 40 knots. The vessel has an open deck with a pair of derricks for manipulating equipment, and carries a copious supply of absorbents and solvents necessary to treat and contain oil slicks and other potential pollutants. In accordance with statutory provisions and Slovenian Maritime Administration regulations, ancillary equipment and stores afford the Barbara optimum capability in the carrying out of its intended duties. 

This vessel is one of total five that will in the future allow the Luka Koper’s Maritime Protection Service to provide its operations. This year Luka Koper intends to purchase another – possibly even two – larger (cca. 20 m) environmental-protection vessels to further bolster and facilitate Maritime Protection Service operations, and - upon any eventual larger accident at sea – efficiently and independently render prompt action.