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Investments in the Port of Klaipėda: reconstruction of wave breakers, expansion of the port area

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2021 05 04

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In the next 4 years, it is planned to invest around 400 million euros in the Port of Klaipėda; it is expected that EU funding will make up part of the investments. Some of the most important projects are the reconstruction of wave breakers and the expansion of the port area, which will grant a qualitative advantage to the port. Such plans have been set in the strategic operational plan approved by the State Enterprise Klaipėda State Seaport Authority.

“Important projects are planned for the coming years which will take the Port of Klaipėda to a new level. Last year, despite the complicated period, our port handled 47.8 million tons of cargo and was the absolute leader among the ports of the Baltic countries, and it is basically the only port in the eastern region of the Baltic sea which concluded the year with a load increase. The results of the first quarter of this year show stability,” says Nerijus Udrėnas, the Chairman of the Board of the State Enterprise Klaipėda State Seaport Authority.

According to Udrėnas, target investments are one of the main factors allowing the port to achieve exceptional results and generate benefit and return to the State. He says that in order to successfully compete and adjust to global market changes, the Port of Klaipėda should look ahead and systematically invest in infrastructure development.

Throughout 2021–2024, the Seaport Authority plans to invest 400 million euros in the operation of the port. It is planned to allocate more than a half of these funds to the expansion of the harbourage, the repair and construction of quays and the reconstruction of wave breakers. The latter will improve the security of maritime transport and contribute to the implementation of environmental measures. 

According to Algis Latakas, the director of the port, the port needs some attention so that it would meet the requirements of the changing market; the infrastructure must be oriented at the improvement of the capacity of the port and the security of maritime transport. 

“There are evident global tendencies which show that it is aimed to ensure the effectiveness of the shipping business by employing larger ships. The same tendency can be observed at the Port of Klaipėda: the average capacity of the ships that come to the Port of Klaipėda increased by 35 % throughout 2015–2020“, Latakas stated. 

Works for dredging the shipping channel have been started at the beginning of this year. If the depth of the shipping channel from the northern part of the port to the Gulf of Malkų is increased up to 15 metres and the permissible draught is increased up to 13.8 metres, the vessels coming to the port will be able to carry more goods and this will decrease the expenses of shipping cargo. 

During the scheduled period, it is also planned to expand the port area up to 15.5 metres and to reinforce the slope of Kuršių Nerija. EU funding is expected for these projects.