The city of Kotor is town of rich cultural heritage under the protection of UNESCO. The geographic position and the natural values of the vicinity make Montenegro and Gulf of Kotor one of the most attractive resorts on the Adriatic coast. Gulf of Kotor is a winding, fjord like inlet of the Adriatic coast in Montenegro. It is a good natural harbour, composed of four Bays linked together. It is deeply cut into the highest (of) South-East littoral Dinarides Mountains (Orjen 1895m and Lovcen 1749m). It has a convenient position considering the traffic too, as it is situated on the roads belonging to the so called "East Mediterranean road lines".
The area of Gulf of Kotor is one of the brightest in the Mediterranean, with the average temperature of over 18°C, and about 200 sunny days a year.
Besides all these facts, Gulf of Kotor is also very well known as maritime educational centre. The first maritime school in the Adriatic coast was founded in Perast in 1512. The Perast fleet had about 60 ships in that time and all were under command of captains educated in this school. In 1739 Maritime school was founded in Prcanj as well. Maritime high school was founded in Kotor in 1849. It is still active with its three departments: nautical, engineering and shipbuilding. Maritime college in Kotor was founded in 1959. In the beginning there were only two departments; nautical and engineering. Today it has few more, such as nautical economy, electronic techniques. Every year it educates 60 graduated cadets and 60 engine assistants.
As mentioned, Kotor was the headquarters of our merchant fleet "Jugooceanija" (which was) founded in 1955 and (had) operated in 1991 with 27 vessels from 6000GRT to 60000GRT to transport containers, bulk and general cargo.
Main export-import port Bar is situated on south of the Montenegrin coast, 100 km from Kotor, an important connection from Adriatic to Central and Eastern Europe. Bar was also headquarters of Prekookeanska plovidba founded in 1960 which in 1991 operated with 18 vessels, such as general cargo, bulk carriers and containers.