In the year 2015 the world cruise fleet counted with 322 vessels (GT >1.000). The large resort ships (GT >50.000) consisted in 52% of the cruise fleet in number of ships deployed and 83% of the passenger capacity. During the period 2017-2019, 25 new cruise ships will be delivered, out of which 18 will accommodate 2.500 passengers and more. The average vessel capacity is 3.344 passengers. The increasing size of cruise ships is driven by economy of scale and new on board product development, generating new income to ship owners and diminishing the free part of passengers’ budgets for spending at the destination. Large cruise ships, for a better utilisation of their various on board products, stay shorter time in port minimising the time of passengers to spend at the destination. Short port stay creates peak traffic jams for vehicles and pedestrians, while the carrying capacity of tourist attractions impose limitation in number of visitors, resulting in disappointed passengers. Emergency response and preparedness for mega cruise vessels in small port communities requires complex logistical chains, which are not always affordable in small and remote destinations.
Antun Asić obtained a Doctor in technical sciences of the University of Rijeka. Specialized in marine and river traffic and transport technologies, he has over 40 years’ experience in the maritime and shipping industry. He has a wide expertise in international ship and port safety, he obtained the ISO 9002 & IMO – ISM Code and worked over fifteen years as Nautical Inspector, safety and security officer at the Head Office of Atlantska Plovidba Company. He has a strategic management approach of maritime industry, he worked as Special Project Department Manager at the same company, and in 2012 he was appointed General Manager of the Port Authority of Dubrovnik. He has been lecturer at the University of Dubrovnik and has several publications around the passenger port efficiency.