Over centuries Dubrovnik, with its long seafaring and merchant history, has been a relation between two parts of the Mediterranean. Besides it had a very significant position at the eastern Adriatic seafaring route. With development of commerce and arrival of railroad to Dubrovnik, a need for a new sea port appeared, because the Old port couldn’t fulfill the required standards of a cargo port neither by its position nor by its possibilities.
In the beginning the port was a cargo / passenger port and according to that there was one passenger quay, and the rest of the port was built as sea port for cargo ships with lifts for loading and unloading of ship goods. Also there was a terminal for load and unload of rail wagons with which they transported different goods throughout whole region. The port was specialized for reception and transportation of wooden materials, but with further development of the port they built a cold storage for reception and storage of easy damageable alimentary products.
Also there was built one terminal for reception of passengers with restaurants and other facilities necessary for passenger transportation.
During the homeland war after days of bombing cold storage was completely destroyed and passenger terminal suffered great damages.
At that time Dubrovnik was in complete blockade and the port was the only connection with the rest of the world.