With such a foreground, it is probably hard for a small town to survive. This coal loading/unloading unit claims a similar amount as the whole city of Bakar. Up to the nineties it served a coke oven plan, which is not running any more. It has had a changeful history: Up to the first world war, the Austro-Hungarian navy had one of its most important bases here.
In spite of the advantageous natural situation of the bay, the Italian army managed to capture it in a surprise attack of only 30 soldiers coming on speedboats. It took a probably a long time to overcome this defeat.
Now the croatian flag is flying high again, but Bakar has lost its importance.