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A legacy at the water’s edge

Porto Montenegro is a destination like no other – a waterfront sanctuary steeped in maritime heritage and lasting charm. Established as a naval base in the 19th Century, our shores were the place where ships and submarines were repaired and ceremoniously relaunched. Over the years, it has evolved into a shimmering marina resort decorated with luxury residences and vibrant activity. From shipyard to playground, no matter its role, its legacy as a prestigious place to work has stood the test of time.

Marko Krivokapic’s family have been working on the Porto Montenegro grounds for generations. The first member of the Krivokapic family – Marko’s grandfather – started work here in 1962, followed by Marko’s uncle in 1980, then his father a year later.

Marko joined the Porto Montenegro team as a summer intern whilst he was still a student in 2012. Now a technician responsible for the surveillance system throughout our village at the water’s edge, Marko is carrying on the Krivokapic tradition with pride.

 

What is your full name and where are you from?

My name is Marko Krivokapic, I am from Tivat.

How long have you been working in Porto Montenegro?

My job in Porto Montenegro started from the day I was a student. My first job was seasonal after which I started working all year round. This is the 9th year of my work in the port. In the early years, I learned a lot from my older colleagues. People working in maintenance have many years of experience in the work of repairing warships, at home and abroad. They selflessly passed on that experience to us younger ones, so that we can learn some skills that can rarely be learned today.

What members of your family used to work on these grounds before? Their names? Roles? The period when they worked?

Several generations of Krivokapic’ family worked at “Arsenal”. A former military nautical base on the site of which Porto Montenegro was built. My grandfather and my uncle worked in an explosives plant. My grandfather started in 1962 and my uncle started in 1980. My dad was working on engine parts of the ships and started his 1981. His work engagement included working in Libya as an “Arsenal” worker, and as a guy that is responsible for engine functioning, he participated in the overhaul of warships and war submarines in the military base in Tripoli. My dad and uncle left the “Arsenal” in 2007 when it was officially closed just to return to the same place several years later under slightly different circumstances. This time their job was not in a military base but on the contrary, a tourist resort called Porto Montenegro. My father is the supervisor for the team that is responsible for the 27 pools in the village including the largest PMYC pool. Since my father worked on overhaul projects for military ships and war submarines, this job was unusual for him at first, but he managed to adapt very quickly. My uncle also worked on pool maintenance.

What is your role here / where do you work?

I work in a facility team. My responsibility is all low voltage installations on the PM site. In other words, I am responsible for all video surveillance, which consist from more than 500 cameras, as well as for all access controls in buildings and settlements. The job is dynamic, responsible and demanding, but all these obligations do not fall so hard when you work for a company like Porto Montenegro.

What do you love the most about your job?

I enjoy my job because of an opportunity to do what I love, I also have the opportunity to progress and learn something new.

What is the most extraordinary thing about working in PM?

Definitely the people. I have had the opportunity to make a lot of great friends, which I become very close with during the years. I have learnt from the best in an environment where I can progress independently as a person and as a professional. In addition I have the opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful marinas in the world where the most impressive yachts ever built are anchored.

What is your favorite part of PM (favourite place, activity, time of day)?

My favorite part of Porto is Arena, since I am a nature lover. I love coming there to relax and enjoy the view of the greenery.

What do you like to do in your time off?

In my free time I spend a lot of time in nature. I like hiking and skiing. I generally like sports activities – that’s my way of recharging my batteries.

What types of people do you meet at Porto?

A lot of people from different parts of the world work at PM. I am honored to have the possibility to learn a lot about their culture and business experiences. It gives me the opportunity to progress both privately and professionally.

How has Covid affected business in Porto Montenegro?

The pandemic certainly had a negative impact on the PM business like the rest of the world. I hope that the situation will stabilize soon. It is up to us to work together to overcome this situation. There is an upside to it though, in that we spend a lot more time with our family than before.

Would you say Porto is a good place to be in a pandemic?

I think PM is a good place during a pandemic. The company has made an effort to allow a certain number of people to work from home, which reduces the possibility of transmitting the Covid virus. The most important think is that PM employees have stayed positive, despite the situation.

 

Stay tuned for Summer 2021 vacancies in Porto Montenegro.