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Mladen Bolanča – Port Captain and Port Facility Security Officer: Equipment aboard the Royal Romance Yacht Is the Latest in Technology and the Yacht Is Easy to Operate

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An elegant blue uniform, fitted with golden buttons and epaulets, frames the figure of the main protagonist, the ship or port captain. The description is not off the mark, since this indeed is part of the captain’s image, albeit a small one, seeing that his time spent at work requires plenty of activity, most often accompanied by a hasty work routine and atmosphere, in which circumstances there is certainly no room for pomp and elegance.   
For Mladen Bolanča, captain of the Brodotrogir port master, the business of the day is very pressing and filled with obligations. Most of the time, the captain’s uniform made of fine fabric is hung up, to be worn only on rare occasions, while his days are spent in an overall, as there are many operations to be coordinated and performed, as well as ships to be welcomed and sent off. Every day he can be seen in the port, ashore, where he welcomes and sends off the ships and carefully supervises the developments in the port, all in order to keep the people, ships and equipment safe and protected from unfavourable and unforeseen factors.  Every time a ship arrives, he embarks on board and helps the ship master safely sail into the dock or berth to the outfitting quay. Determining coordinates and providing information about the course, speed and wind direction is of great help to the ship masters and ensures that the ship will be positioned in the designated place without difficulty, usually onto the blocks placed in advance in the small or big dock. Since the ships are for different purposes and of various sizes and highly valuable, coordinating the activities guarantees good work performance, to the satisfaction of all the participants.

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The Royal Romance yacht has recently sailed into the big dock. It is the biggest of its type at present, a ship of extraordinary length and value. With regard to such characteristics, it could be assumed that it was harder and more demanding to operate, however, the experienced captain Bolanča said:
“Every operation involves a degree of positive anxiety, especially with regard to ships of high value, but the equipment aboard the Royal Romance yacht is the latest in technology and the yacht was very easy to operate, as opposed to some older ships which do not have such sophisticated equipment”.  

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Apart from overhaul, the duties of captain Bolanča are also connected with operating the hulls during launching, navigation related to docking and trial runs. Although he is a very experienced seafarer who sailed the world seas several times, captain Bolanča's first ship launching was that of Hull 325 – Songa Fortune.
“Although I have a fair amount of experience at sea, I had imagined that my first launching would be a lot different and more intense. I expected that the "uncontrolled" sliding of the ship off the slipway into the sea will be felt a lot more strongly, however, there is a lot of adrenaline involved, but the sliding was gradual and insensible, and in just a few moments, the ship was in the sea, where it was met by tug boats to help moor it to the shore”.  

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Considering that works in the shipyard are currently underway on two hulls, while the third one is under construction on the slipway, captain Bolanča might briefly replace his work clothes with the fine uniform from the beginning of the story, since there will certainly soon be more launchings, deliveries and acceptances in our shipyard.

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