Klaipeda is a Baltic Sea port and city in western Lithuania, ranked by population (around 150,000, metro over 205,00) Lithuania's 3rd largest (after the capital Vilnius, and Kaunas). The nearby Palanga is a picturesque seaside resort town with a 11-km long sandy beach, backed by pine woods and dunes.
The settlement dates back from 7th century AD, but in 1252 was destroyed by the Teutonic Knights, who then constructed the Memelburg fortress. Held briefly by Sweden (1629-1635) and Prussia (1635-1919), the town became Memel's (East Prussia's) capital in 1920. In 1923, it was passed to Lithuania and renamed from Memel to Klaipeda. In 1939 it was occupied by Germany, and in 1945 incorporated into USSR's Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic. Since 1991, it is part of Lithuania.
Klaipeda is Lithuania's largest seaport. It is located at the mouth of river Akmena-Dane, and have great importance as one of the few Baltic Sea ports that are ice-free the whole year-round. It is also an important It serves as a popular call port for Northern Europe-based cruise ships, as well as major cargo and ferry port. Regularly scheduled ferries (run by TT Line and DFDS Seaways) connect Lithuania (via Klaipeda) to Germany (Kiel, Travemunde) and Sweden (Karlshamn, Trelleborg).
Following country's independence from Russia (1991) was founded the managing company "Klaipėda State Seaport Authority", responsible for port's infrastructure maintenance, development and modernisation. However, cargo and passenger shipping operations are managed by a separate terminal operators. Port's land and infrastructure are state-owned, with partial privatisization underway.
Port Klaipėda (officially "Klaipeda State Seaport") has capacity to handle vessels with LOA length up to 250 m (820 ft), max draft 13,5 m (44 ft) and is served by two railway stations, plus highways connecting to Moscow Russia (via Kaunas-Vilnius and Minsk Belarus). Port's annual capacity in 2010 was over 31 million tons (cargo) and around 321,000 international ferry passengers shipped to/from Germany (Kiel, Mukran), Sweden (Åhus) and Denmark (Copenhagen, Fredericia). In 2011, the port handled 382,000 TEUs (containers) carried on boxships.
In the following years, the port authority company plans to make investments (EU-funded) in major infrastructure works, including breakwaters (rehabilitation and extensions), channel entrance dredging (widening and deepening), installing new monitoring fenders and steel moorings, current monitoring system, plus privatization of services.
- In September 2018 was constructed a new coastal protection wall and were completed soil dredging from dock pits and quay reconstruction (SC Western Shipyard's quay berths 137A, 138A, 139). New railways were also added. These quays are used for ship repairs and also cargo handling. In 2018, SC Western Shipyard acquired (for EUR 27,1 million) new drydock where can be repaired some of world's largest vessels - from icebreakers to oil platforms (offshore drilling rigs).
- In early-November 2018 were launched large-scale infrastructure development projects, among the first being dredging (entrance channel, also in Malku Bay). The dredging project features planned excavation of approx 1,5 million m3 of soil in Malku Bay, with budget EUR 15,63 million. The contractor is the Rotterdam-based Dutch company "Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors BV".
- The entire Malku Bay dredging and protection project was funded by EU Cohesion Fund. As result, port's max draft will be increased to 14,5 m (48 ft).
Klaipeda cruise terminal
Cruise ships and ferries in Klaipeda are served at the Pempininkai quay. The facility (Central Klaipeda Terminal) is managed by UAB “Baltijos pervezimai", has address "40 Baltijos av. 93270 Klaipeda. Lithuania", and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Port Klaipeda cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Klaipeda, Lithuania. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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