Tulcea is a Danube River cruise port and city in Dobrogea Romania (Dobruja region) with population around 75,000.
The town was established in the 7th century BC under the name "Aegyssus". The Romans conquered it in 15 AD and later rebuilt it. The Byzantine rule started in the 5th century AD. Tulcea was abandoned by the first half of 7th century due to Barbarian invasions. The territory fell under the rule of Bulgarian Empire (681-1000; 1185-14th century). Inhabitation was restored during the 2nd half of 10th century, because the Byzantines erected a fortress on the site after reconquering the area. In 1064 the fortress was destroyed by an attack of Uzes. Around 1420 the Ottoman rule was imposed, and lasted for the following 4 centuries.
Under its current name, the town was first documented in 1506. In 1848, Tulcea was a small shipyard town, which in 1860 was awarded city status. Along with Northern Dobruja, in 1878 Tulcea was given to Romania. During WW1 (1914-1918) it was occupied by the Central Powers.
VARD Tulcea shipyard
Tulcea shipyard is owned by the VARD company - subsidiary of the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. The shipbuilding yard is located upstream of Tulcea, on Danube River's right bank.
Currently, the yard has over 3000 employees and also provides jobs to many Romanian subcontractors. VARD's other Romanian shipyard is in Braila.
- VARD is one of the world's largest marine vessel designer companies and a renown shipbuilder of specialized and customized vessels. The company is headquartered in Ålesund Norway and has around 9000 employees, VARD operates a total of 9 shipbuilding yards located in Norway (5), Romania (2), Brazil (1) and Vietnam (1). Through VARD's specialized subsidiary companies are developed power plants, navigation and automation systems, deck equipment, stateroom solutions, design and engineering.
- VARD's majority shareholder (79,34%) is Fincantieri Oil & Gas, which is wholly owned by FINCANTIERI SpA. The shipbuilder FINCANTIERI is headquartered in Trieste Italy, and is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding companies.
In October 2010, at the VARD Tulcea shipyard was inaugurated the company's Basic Design Department, with constantly employed over 200 engineers developing marine vessel documentations (technical and production, also cruise ship design). The new Department is connected with VARD Design (Alesund Norway).
VARD's marine vessel design projects utilize advanced model testing and analyses. Here are also developed deck layouts and the main onboard equipment, as well as technical documentation (capacities, main features, structural strength, machinery, electrical systems).
The Tulcea cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Tulcea, Romania.
If you lose the Tulcea location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.