Klaipeda Port Cargo Volumes Increase
- New Europe Investor
- August 15, 2015
In official statistics released by the port authority, Klaipeda Port in Lithuania has experienced a 6.2% increase in the volume of cargo for the first six months of 2015, compared to the same period last year.
The port handled 18.86 million tons of cargo between January and June of this year, an increase of 1.1 million compared to the first six months of 2014.
Klaipeda is a hugely important shipping port in the Baltic region, being the only year round ice free harbour on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. It is an important hub in the provision of goods to and from the Baltic states, but also Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine.
According to its website, it currently has a handling capacity of 60 million tons.
In 2014 the port received worldwide press coverage when Lithuania opened an LNG terminal at the port, purchasing Liquid Natural Gas from Norway’s Statoil. The event was significant because it meant Lithuania was no longer fully dependent on Russian gas as it had been previously.