The Transport Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Peter Mutafchiev visited Luka Koper on the 8th of May 2007 accompanied by his Slovenian colleague Mr. Janez Božič. Together with the members of the Management Board of Luka Koper the high guests discussed the possibilities of cooperation between the two countries on the field of maritime transport. Our business operations and our development plans were presented as well.
The Port of Koper was once already connected with Bulgaria with a regular ro-ro line twice a month to the Port of Bourgas. The shipping line was active till 1996 when it ceased due to a major decrease in traffic. In year 2006 the Bulgarian traffic via Koper amounted to 73,500 tons. Nowadays Bulgarians are using Koper for their exports of dry bulk cargos and imports of cars manufactured in Asia.
Although Bulgaria has it own ports, there is a high interest in establishing new shipping connections to Koper. Both the Slovenian port as well as the Bulgarian ports will gain by redirecting some cargo flows which are currently moving in the direction Central Europe - Black Sea and Caspian region and vice versa. In this way the road traffic network of both the countries would be disburden in accordance to EU directions which are aimed to stimulate the development of short sea shipping.