Uljanik, an old and still-operating shipyard, rests in the bay in Pula, Croatia. The company's success is in its innovations; they build ships for such tasks as breaking up ice, carrying chemicals, underwater terraforming, as well as for shipping cars. It was surprising to hear someone explain that the average worker at the shipyard is paid modestly; in hindsight, some of us conjectured that these are tolerable circumstances in a country with universal healthcare.
Having circumnavigated Earth by ship through a "Semester at Sea" program in 2009, I had visited many ports. Arriving at and exploring Uljanik reminded me fondly of those three months at sea.