Brodarski Institute is founded back in 1948. for development of shipbuilding and maritime technologies, in the period of very difficult economical and political circumstances, just three years after end of 2nd World War.
Group of university professors, engineers, naval officers and politicians developed idea of new scientifically based approach towards design and development of ships, shipyards, marine technologies and navy.
In the fields of future Novi Zagreb, traffic roads were first built to reach construction site of future Brodarski Institute. Design and construction of the complex as well as equipping of laboratories took only one decade and on September 10th, ceremonius opening was organized as well as first test in the large towing tank, 20 000 dwt Tanker for Uljanik Shipyard.
Head of Institute from founding 1948-1951 and later in period 1953-1957 was professor Stanko Šilović, first graduated naval architect in University in Zagreb (graduated at Technical University in 1924.) and is largerly credited for foundation of Brodarski Institute.
In the period 1956-1958 Institute was functioning under Directorate for Naval and Technical Research with Admiral Josip Černy as Director. In the period 1959-1966 Institute was operating under Directorate for Naval and Technical Institutes, gathering three Institutes: Institute for Ship Hydrodynamics, Institut for Armament and Equipment and Instiute for Shipbuilding, at three different locations.
Further construction and upgrade of laboratories and office spaces enabled conditions in 1967. for unification of all three institutes at the same location in unique institution Brodarski Institut.
In close cooperation with other institutions, shipyards and industry as well as universities many ships were renewed and developed and built such as: Training ship Galeb, destroyers Split, R-21 i R-22, destroyer escort ship Učka, Biokovo i Triglav, minehunters, torpedo boats, patrol boats (klasa Mirna), landing craft and auxillary ships, water tanker, tankers and submarines (Class Heroj, Drava, Sava) i midget submarines (Class Una), missile boat (Petar Krešimir IV).
As to the experimental work, first ship models were tested at the improvised polygon at Bajer Lake near Fužine before laboratories on site were finished.
Largest project was definitively development of diesel-electric submarines. In 1967. Director of Institute became Žarko Alujević Feđa, Naval Architect and submariner who took special efforts to establish own development of submarines. Only about 10 countries worldwide were competent for such development in these times. Submarine of HEROJ Class was fully reliable during 30 years of exploatation without any human victims or even serious injury.
At the beginning of Croatia War of Independence, after first air raid on Zagreb, on September 15th in 1991. units of KRIZNI STOŽER in cooperation with Institute workers took over Institute and placed its potentials at the disposal of the Government oft he Republic of Croatia. Only one month later, Institute was as Institution of special interest for Republic of Croatia, put in register of research and development organizations in the scientific field of engineering and naval architecture. In 90ies priorities were short term tasks which contributed to improvement of combat capability of Croatia in war.
After this period Institute significantly diversifies activities and oriented toward commercial civil projects and is regularly present at international market. From 1992. Institute is registered as Limited Liability Company owned by Republic of Croatia. In 2007. First activities related to EU projects started (4 projects gained within EU 7th Framework Programme FP 7) and gained domestic award Zlatna Kuna for innovation.