One of the rare countries that ships come from at Malta is the Balkan Country – Montenegro. In the afternoon of Monday 22nd April, 2013 the 2012 built bulker KOTOR entered Grand Harbour for the first time.
She was built in China by Shanghai Shipyard at Shanghai with 179.98 metres as length overall (loa) and a beam of 28 metres built as KOTOR for the Crnogorska plovidba A.D. Kotor.
The founder of the Company is Government of Montenegro, or more precisely its Ministry of Capital Investments which provides any kind of support and has full control over Company’s activities. Crnogorska plovidba A.D. Kotor is 100% state owned stock company whereof Government of Montenegro posses 99,97% of shares while Employment Agency of Montenegro balance shares of 0,03%. The Company is shipowner / shipmanagement carrying on business on an open international maritime dry cargo market in accordance with principles and standards of international maritime market.
KOTOR reason of port calling was a ship repair call at Palumbo Malta Shipyard which was her maiden call both to Malta and the Shipyard.
She’s the first cargo ship in international shipping that a Montenegrin shipping company acquired after the collapse of the Jugooceanija Kotor and Preococeanska plovidba Bar fleets.
And last 10th July, 2023 KOTOR called at her homeport for the first time since she was built in 2012 and entered home – to the Bay of Boka Kotorska of which made a 360′ circle around the entire bay and sail in front of the city which according to tradition, was greeted by ship’s siren.
This was the first time that an ocean going merchant ship arrived at Boka Kotorska and that it is welcomed since October 24th, 1996, when in Kotor the last ship acquired in its history was formally welcomed in a similar way. the company Jugoocenania – used and then 12-year-old bulk carrier PELINOVO of 30.650 tons.
The arrivals and festive receptions in Boka of newly built or newly purchased used ships that Jugooceanija had in its fleet from 1955 to 2003, when that company definitely failed, were a common thing and a holiday for all the inhabitants of the bay, which for centuries lived primarily from of seafaring.