Capt. Petar Margic – General Director of the Secretary of Danube Commission
Capt. Petar Margic was born in Sisak, Croatia in March 1953. From 1972 to1978 he studied at the Faculty for International Trade in Zagreb and from 1985 to1988 – at the Nautical Department of the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka.
In 1993 he obtained the German “Binnenschifffahrt Patent” – a Boatmasters’ Certificate for inlandwaterway navigation in Germany (apart from the Rhine) (WSA, Wasser und Schifffahrtsamt Regensburg) and in 1995 – the “Rheinpatent – Großes Patent”. By obtaining the “Rheinpatent” he became the first European captain with certificates for independent vessel navigation on two largest river basins in Europe (the Rhine and the Danube river basins).
In June 2010 the Danube Commission awarded him the gold “Commemorative Medal for promoting the development of river navigation on the Danube”. For the first time in the history of the Danube Commission this medal was awarded to a person still in active service.
He is a member of the “Lions Club“ in Sisak and a member of the Board of the Sisak swimming club.
He is a permanent member of the European Commission Expert Group “EC CEG on professional qualifications and training standards in inland navigation”, which deals with creating of common, pan-European requirements for obtaining professional qualifications and training of personnel in inland navigation.
From 2008 to 2013 he is a permanent member of the “UNECE CEVNI Expert Group“ (expert group of the UN Economic Commission in Geneva, which works on the harmonization of European rules and regulations for inland navigation
Since 2013 he has been Director General of the Secretariat of the Danube Commission. He was previously a counsellor for nautical issues in the Secretariat of the Danube Commission, representing the Republic of Croatia. He was also General Manager of “Nautica Vukovar” and “DDSG Vukovar”.
Capt. Petar Margic received the Doctor Honoris Causa honorary title of Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy on 14.10.2015.