PORTS. The Port of Klaipėda as a Reliable Direction

 

In recent years the northernmost ice-free port on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea with its clear strategic direction has been showing top results in the region according to cargo flows. The seaport of Klaipėda is regarded as a safe, transparent and reliable port, rapidly pacing step in step with latest innovations and being able to guarantee highest quality services, speed and flexible schedules for its partners.

Being the largest and most important transport nod in Lithuania, the port of Klaipėda is the intersection of marine, land and railway routes from East and West. It can offer the shortest land routes to the major industrial regions of the Eastern countries, an easy access to the European Union and Scandinavian markets; the port of Klaipėda also sits on the major shipping lines to the Western European, South-Eastern Asian and American ports – these are the geographic advantages usually highlighted by the port’s partners, choosing namely these routes and directions for their cargo and goods.

“The port of Klaipėda is one of the keys to success and the gate to the export markets not only for the region, but the entire Lithuania. The port opens excellent opportunities for regional companies to take advantage of the available geographic location and develop service centres in the region. After all, the port features excellent access to Scandinavia, while these neighbouring states have been relocating their service centres to the cities of their neighbours in order to reduce their costs.” spoke Robertas Dargis, President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, listing the aspects that make the port of Klaipėda attractive both to Lithuanian and foreign business.

Full speed ahead

“The port instantly envisions business needs, looking for flexible ways to optimise costs and finding fast solutions. The port’s operation is the continuation of the major promise, made to the clients of Klaipėda Free Economic Zone (FEZ). In 2017 we were the first in the world to be acknowledged for our advantage in providing opportunities for investors’ fast establishment and development.” stated Eimantas Kiudulas, Director of the FEZ Management Company.

The cargo turnover achieved at Klaipėda seaport last year was 43.17 million tonnes. According to calculations, one hectare of the port’s territory handles about 80 000 tonnes of cargo. The maximum usage level of the port’s territory shows that the processes here are particularly rapid, implemented using latest technology. Being aware that time is one of the major factors in freight forwarding, the port’s terminals focus huge investments into high-end modern technology.

The increasing dynamics of cargo turnover at the port reaffirm the right strategy and the port’s competitiveness.

Focus on innovations

Innovations and creating added value at the port of Klaipėda is an additional factor for increasing the port’s cargo handling volumes, increasing efficiency and port development. The port has developed IT technology, which enables to document various procedures fast and with no human resources. The single-window system connects cargo shippers, receivers, carriers, handling companies, regulating state authorities in implementing freight forwarding, handling and control procedures.

The latest inter-port communication systems ensure operative reception of vessels at the port. The simple and transparent vessel and cargo control procedures applied at the port enable to save time and costs.

In turn, the cargo handling companies operating at the port implement latest innovative technology, which not only allows saving time, but also contributes in improving the environmental situation.

Transparent and reliable

“Klaipėda seaport meets all European Union requirements for ports.” stated inspectors from the European Commission and European Maritime Safety Administration, visiting Klaipėda state seaport last year. European Union experts conducted a thorough inspection of keeping to safety requirements at the port, the port’s infrastructure and superstructure (terminals), as well as whether the Seaport Authority has been implementing its functions, related to safety, appropriately.

“We are a safe, innovative and increasingly environmentally-friendly port, implementing transparent policy. Our partners and contractors often list our transparent, clear and understandable operations as our greatest advantages.” said Arvydas Vaitkus, Director General of Klaipėda State Seaport Authority.

The partners of the port of Klaipėda often highlight that the port is attractive not only for its convenient geographic location – they pick Klaipėda primarily for the port’s transparent and very clear policies. Moreover, both investors and clients appreciate the state’s ability to fulfil its obligations.

No time to stop

Klaipėda seaport is making ambitious development plans. The major goal is to make sure that the services provided here meet the highest standards and pace step in step with time. The port of Klaipėda is aiming to be ready to accept all types of vessels, including the largest ships that can enter the Baltic Sea.

“The state has set the goal to develop the port and attract new cargo flows without increasing internal competition at the port – we value our current port users and partners.” highlighted A. Vaitkus. The port features high-end terminals, providing highest quality services and able to process all kinds of cargo. As of last year the port of Klaipėda has also started providing LNG bunkering services. The Seaport Authority is constantly investing into the infrastructure, while the business operating at the port – into superstructure, thus creating attractive conditions for the clients.

“We are glad about our close cooperation with the port. Working together we’ve become the most attractive location for such giants as the General Electric, Philip Morris, Heidelberg or Indorama – the largest PET producer in the world, while Klaipėda FEZ has been established as the most successful free economic zone in the region of the Baltic Sea. We also very appreciate the decision to develop the outer deepwater port. It will enable us to step even further – I believe that we’ll become a significant point in the map of the international business and expand the city’s possibilities to attract new advanced industrial companies.” said E. Kiudulas.

The transport sector takes a significant place in Lithuania, creating approximately 13 % of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). Thus, this sector, including the port of Klaipėda, which generates more than 6 % of Lithuania’s GDP, is the state’s priority area.

 

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