Water Transport

Republic of Lithuania Water Transport

      Republic of Lithuania water transport is one of the branches of transport of the Republic of Lithuania which joins companies, institutions and organisations engaged in shipping, port and wharf operations, waterway maintenance and management and other shipping-related activities into an industrial and technological complex.

Republic of Lithuania Water Transport Management

       State management (administration) of merchant shipping, maritime safety and inland waterway transport is organised by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and implemented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications together with the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration.

       The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shapes the maritime and inland waterway transport policy and coordinates its implementation.

       The Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania establishes the requirements for merchant shipping and maritime safety as well as the procedure for implementing the requirements laid down in EU legislation and international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania which govern water transport activities and maritime safety; this ministry also publishes mandatory legislation.

        The Water and Railway Transport Policy Department under the Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for implementing the state water transport strategy and policy, coordinating water transport activities and projects, and representing Lithuania in international organisations and institutions. These functions are performed by the department’s Water Transport Division.

        The following water transport institutions and companies are subordinate to the Ministry of Transport and Communications:

• The Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration;

• The Klaipėda State Seaport Authority;

• The Lithuanian Inland Waterways Authority;

• AB Smiltynės Perkėla.

The Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration establishes the technical and organisational requirements which govern maritime safety, controls the implementation of legislative requirements at shipping companies and on ships, and performs the functions assigned to it in the Republic of Lithuania Law on Maritime Safety, the Republic of Lithuania Law on Merchant Shipping, and the Republic of Lithuania Inland Waterways Transport Code.

The Maritime Transport Sector

      Maritime transport is made up of the Lithuanian maritime merchant fleet, Klaipėda State Seaport, Šventoji State Seaport and the Būtingė Oil Terminal (AB ORLEN Lietuva), and companies and agencies which provide shipping agent services, freight forwarding, ship supply, towage and other services.

      The Lithuanian maritime merchant fleet is made up of ships that belong to the following companies: Limarko Shipping Company AB (six vessels), DFDS Seaways AB (10 ferries, of which eight are Ro-Pax, and two are Ro-Ro). In addition to these main shipping companies, there are also ship owners operating one or several seagoing vessels.

Detailed data of the Register of Seagoing Ships of the Republic of Lithuania can be found by link: http://www.msa.lt/en/papildomas-meniu_1502/statistics/ships-registered-in-6f9b.html.

101 ships were registered at the Register of Seagoing Ships of the Republic of Lithuania on 01/01/2017.

Klaipėda State Seaport and its Management

      The Seaport Authority was established by Resolution No. 192 of 14 May 1991 of the Government of Lithuania. It was registered on 6 August 1991 with the Klaipėda City Municipality. The founder of the Seaport Authority is the Republic of Lithuania Ministry of Transport and Communications (hereinafter – MTC).

      The Seaport Authority management bodies are the institution fulfilling the rights and duties of owner of the Seaport Authority (MTC), and the collegial management body of the Seaport Authority is the board.

      The port’s land, waters, hydraulic equipment, embankments, navigation routes and channels, navigation equipment and other infrastructure facilities are the property of the state. The Seaport Authority controls, uses and disposes of the port waters, land, infrastructure facilities and other designated or created property under law of trust, in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.

      Klaipėda State Seaport is an ice-free port with well-developed transport links (railway, roads, air transport, inland waterways) with inland towns and neighbouring countries. It is a universal, deep-water port that can accommodate vessels with a maximum draught of 14.5 m. 40.14 million tons of cargo gone through Klaipėda State Seaport in 2016.

Šventoji State Seaport

      The Government of the Republic of Lithuania founded Šventoji State Seaport in 2004, and allocated it 15.33 hectares of state land and 209.6 hectares of outer port waters in 2009. The Law on Šventoji State Seaport was adopted in 2006. The Government of the Republic of Lithuania entrusted the Klaipėda State Seaport Authority with carrying out the functions of the Šventoji State Seaport Authority. This was legitimated by the Republic of Lithuania Law on Amendment of the Law on Šventoji State Seaport adopted by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on 9 December 2010.

      The Port of Šventoji is located just 35 km from Klaipėda. Opportunities are currently being sought for the implementation of its reconstruction. If reconstructed, the Port of Šventoji would accept small pleasure boats and yachts, and local fishermen would be given opportunities to utilise the port. This would encourage the development of tourism in Šventoji

Inland Water Transport

      Inland water transport is an integral part of the Republic of Lithuania economic and social infrastructure for shipping and the transport of people, baggage and/or cargo via inland waterways.

Inland water transport consists of inland waterways, inland ports and wharfs, and means of inland water transport (ships).

      VĮ Vidaus Vandens Kelių Direkcija (SOE Inland Waterways Authority; hereinafter – the Authority) has been appointed as manager of the inland waterways of the Republic of Lithuania; during navigation, the Authority controls, manages, looks after and runs inland waterways of national importance and ensures that they meet the guaranteed depth.

      The total length of inland waterways in the Republic of Lithuania is 920,31 km, of which 822 km are of national importance and 60,3 km are inland waterways of local importance; approximately 35 km (the precise length will be established when they are ascribed as waterways of national or local importance) are perspective waterways.

      In implementing the ‘Assurance of Waterway Transport’ programme, the Authority operated (marked the fairway, cleaned the riverbed and installed regulatory barriers, did hydrographic work) 424,7km of inland waterways of national importance during the navigation period in 2017.

      The fairways of inland waterways of national importance which are used during the navigation period are marked with navigational aids. Luminous navigational signs are used to mark the Kaunas Reservoir fairway from the Kaunas Algirdas Brazauskas Hydroelectric Power Plant to the Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant (24 km), the Nemunas River fairway from Žalgiris Arena to Kulautuva (20,5 km) and from Smalininkai to the mouth of the Atmata (113 km), and the Curonian Lagoon fairway from the mouth of the Atmata to Klaipėda State Seaport and from Nida to the national border (69.3 km) for a total of 227,3 km.

      Unlighted navigational signs are used to mark 166,8 km, and the remaining stretches – only if such a need is established.

      A total of 291.2 km of inland waterway along the Nemunas River from Kaunas to the mouth of the Atmata and in the Curonian Lagoon from the mouth of the Atmata to Nida and Klaipėda (99.9 km from Kaunas to Jurbarkas, 126 km from Jurbarkas to the mouth of the Atmata, and 65.3 km in the Curonian Lagoon) have been included, by a decision of the Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, in the pan-European core inland waterways network and have been ascribed to the E 41 inland waterway of international importance. This waterway joins into the E 70 waterway in the Curonian Lagoon near Nida (a 4 km stretch from the border to Nida merges with the section of E 41 from Nida and Klaipėda); the E 70 provides access to the Western European inland waterway network via Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia).

      Of the inland waterways of local importance that are in operation (or used more intensively for shipping), the following are noteworthy: the 8.7 km stretch of the Curonian Lagoon from Juodkrantė to Dreverna (which merges with the E 41), the 5 km stretch of the Šyša River (which connects the Šilutė small ship port with the E 41), the 4,3 km stretch of the Akmena–Danė River in the city of Klaipėda, and the 4 km route of Lake Galvė in Trakai. The other inland waterways of local importance are not yet in operation.

The following registered inland waterway ports are currently in operation: Kaunas Winter Port, Uostadvaris Port, Nida Passenger Port, and Castle Harbour (in Klaipėda).

According to 1 January 2017 data of the Register of Inland Waterway Vessels of the Republic of Lithuania there were:

• 71786 recreational craft, personal watercraft;

• 896 sail yachts;

• 542 inland waterways craft;

• 9496 outboard engines.

Shipping Control

      According to the Maritime Regulations of the Republic of Lithuania, shipping control in inland waters is performed by the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration (hereinafter – the Administration), which was established in 2002. The main task of the Administration is to control how international maritime safety requirements as well as those established in legislation of the European Union and the Republic of Lithuania are implemented at shipping companies, on vessels and in ports.

      The Administration performs the functions of the managing body of the Register of Seagoing Ships of the Republic of Lithuania, the Register of Inland Waterway Vessels of the Republic of Lithuania, and the Register of Seafarers of the Republic of Lithuania.

      The Administration compiles charts and hydrographic surveys for the seaports, territorial sea waters and exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Lithuania and publishes hydrographic data.

      In carrying out its functions, the Administration strives to ensure that ships flying the flag of Lithuania comply with international requirements for maritime safety and the prevention of pollution from ships. Concurrently, there are continued efforts to create appropriate conditions – through means of national legislation – for Lithuanian shipping companies, seafarers and other entities involved in the shipping business to improve their competitiveness.

      On 1 July 2010, the State Inland Water Navigation Inspectorate was incorporated into the Administration; the Administration has therefore taken over the functions assigned to the Inspectorate by the Republic of Lithuania Inland Waterways Transport Code.

Klaipėda State Seaport Authority

J. Janonio str. 24, 92251 Klaipėda, Lithuania
Tel. +370 46 499 600
Fax +370 46 499 777
E-mail: info@port.lt

The Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration

J. Janonio str. 24, 92251 Klaipėda, Lithuania
Tel. +370 46 469 602
Fax +370 46 469 600
E-mail: msa@msa.lt


SE Inland Waterways Authority

Raudondvario pl. 113, 47186 Kaunas, Lithuania
Tel. +370 37 322 844
Fax +370 37 328 341
E-mail: vandenskeliai@is.lt

The Yachting Union of Lithuania

Žemaitės str. 6, 03117 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel. +370 5 278 8446
Fax +370 5 278 8446
E-mail: ltulbs@takas.ltinfo@lbs.lt

Lithuanian Seamens Union

Vilties g. 6-5, 92231 Klaipėda, Lithuania
Tel. +370 46 410 448
Fax +370 46 410 449
E-mail: aleknagy@takas.lt

Association of Lithuanian Shipowners

Malūninkų str. 3, 92264 Klaipėda, Lithuania
Tel. +370 46 219416
Fax +370 46 219416
E-mail: info@llsa.lt

Association of Lithuanian Stevedoring Companies

Nemuno g. 51, 91190 Klaipėda, Lithuania
Tel. +370 46 250001
Fax +370 46 380010
E-mail: info@ljkka.lt

Marine Casualties and Incidents Research Manager

Lietuvos Respublikos teisingumo ministerija

Gedimino pr. 30, LT-01104 Vilnius

Tel. (8 5) 266 29 81

Faks. (8 5) 262 59 40

El. p.  rastine@tm.lt

 
 

 

For further information, please contact project manager Gintaras Motiejaitis el. p. g.motiejaitis@is.lt

 

Last updated: 31-08-2017