Nautical Information Service (nIS), a free application for smart phones developed by Croatia's Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, was promoted in Rijeka on Thursday.

This free application, available in 12 languages is intended for crews of yachts and boats, fishermen, divers, swimmers and other people who spend time on the coast and at sea.

nIS has been developed to offer "substantial and detailed information in a simple and quick way" about ports and marinas, contact information for public institutions, including health care institutions. It can provide users with available information relevant to their own safety at sea and along the coast, the ministry stated on its web site.

The application has been developed for 12 months, and the project cost 1.5 million kuna. Currently, the application is on trial run that ends in April 2017.

Deputy Transport Minister Miro Skrgatic said at the presentation that there were 19,000 yachts and 118,000 boats sailing through Croatia's part of the Adriatic. Furthermore, 22,000 arrivals of foreign vessels were registered in the first half of this year. Over 4,800 vessels are registered in the charter system annually, with 400,000 people on board.

Assistant Minister Goran Sarin said that some 1,100 traffic accidents were registered annually in Croatia's Adriatic area.

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