23. April 2021

Interview with Ivan Perić

Mr. Ivan Perić has over 15 years of professional experience in port logistics. After finishing the study of Maritime and transportation, he started to work in the logistics sector. Before he joined Luka Koper – Port of Koper, he had worked for several smaller logistics companies, mainly involved in forwarding and warehouse distribution. He joined the team of Luka Koper more than 15 years ago. He started his career path within the company in operations on the container terminal and has changed various positions in the company since then. He worked in the marketing department for several years, where he was responsible for different sectors. Later he joined the bulk terminal as a sales manager and after a year he took over the position of the director of the bulk terminal in the Port of Koper. From the 1st of January 2021, he accepted a new challenge in his life and became the representative of Luka Koper for Slovakian and Czech markets, stationed in Prague.

1. Undoubtedly, coronavirus pandemic had affected the global cargo flows significantly. What is your strategy for the near future in the light of your recent investments?
Luka Koper continued with intensive investments in 2020, as post-pandemic conditions are expected to bring back increased cargo volumes. 68,1 million EUR were allocated for investments in 2020, a 74 % increase compared to 2019. A new RO-RO berth and railway sidings for the car terminal were built in the north-east part of the port. The construction of the garage for cars is continuing, while the works on the third truck gate Bertoki are almost completed. The most important investment which started last year is the container terminal extension, which represents the key investments for maintaining a competitive position in the container segment. The first phase – the quay extension – should be finished in mid 2021, while additional stacking areas are to be completed in 2022.
2. At Port of Koper, you have a dedicated Environmental Manager. Could you please tell us a little more about your sustainability policy and practises, that you have implemented in order to maintain the highest environment protection criteria?
The Luka Koper’s business policy pursues prudent management of the environment to preserve it for the generations to come. The port is located very close to urban areas and managing environmental impacts has thus become part of the regular activities of the company. In 2010 we obtained the EMAS certificate and became compliant with the very highest environment protection criteria. The fact that Luka Koper, d.d. manages the entire area of the port makes it possible to implement the protection system at all terminals and in all its activities. We regularly monitor gas and noise emissions and water quality on various points in the port area and we systematically manage wastes. Extensive information about every aspect of environment protection is published every year in our Sustainable development report.
3. Do you consider the increasing vessel capacity as a disruptor for the Port Services development?
The ever-increasing size of container vessels is still a trend, but not so pronounced as it was ten years ago. During this time most seaports adapted  their facilities with proper infrastructure, draft allowance and new handling equipment in order to remain competitive. But ports are just one link in the logistic chain and new challenges arise from other operators, covering road and rail segments.
4. Port of Koper serves around 25 intermodal destinations across CEE and therefore, it is a strategic partner for this region. What verticals are you mostly handling in connection with Central and Eastern Europe?
As a port operator we are independent, but we of course work with our partners to develop regular and efficient intermodal connections. Today, many global logistic players and manufacturers rely on port of Koper and include it in their supply chain. Having a vast network of railway services is the answer for these demanding partners and a competitive advantage for the whole Koper’s transport route.
5. What is your opinion about positioning WOF EXPO in Central and Eastern Europe region?
Such events are welcome in this part of Europe. With the growth of various production plants, factories and engineering projects across Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the last decade, the logistic sector followed the economic growth of these countries. The logistic and transport sector has made big steps forward in this region and should be supported with such event.
Luka Koper, port and logistic system, d.d. is a public limited company which develops and manages the Port of Koper, the only Slovenian seaport of very strategic interest. The company operates all 12 specialized terminals, handling all types of cargo: containers, cars and Ro-Ro, various general cargo products, dry bulk, liquid bulk and passengers. The Port of Koper is the largest container terminal in Adriatic and one of the most important car terminals in Europe. The majority of the port’s throughput is destined for the hinterland countries, namely: Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and others. Maritime connections include Mediterranean feeder and other short sea trade services. Koper has especially good container connections with Far East and South-East Asia.