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Liepaja is a Baltic Sea port and city in western Latvia, which by population (around 70,000) is ranked country's 3rd largest - following Riga (capital) and Daugavpils. STENA LINE operates regularly scheduled Germany-Latvia crossings (between Travemunde-Lubeck and Liepaja) with the cargo ferry Urd and the cruiseferry Stena Nordica.
While the port is ice-free, the city experiences constant breeze from the sea, ranking Liepaja as Latvia's windiest city. This is why nearby was constructed country's largest wind farm - consisting of 33 German / Enercon-made turbines).
In 1967 (when Latvia was part of USSR / Soviet Union), Port Liepaja was completely closed to commercial traffic. It was re-opened in 1991 (after the fall of USSR). Here is homeported country's largest naval fleet. Facilities also include Baltic's largest warehouses (for ammunition and weapons).
Beside the seaport, the city is served by well-developed transport network (mainly buses and mini-busses), single 2-way tram line (running northeast to southwest), railway (linking to Jelgava and Riga, also connecting the seaport), northward railway (to Ventspils), 2 highways (A9, A11) connecting (city and the port) to the rest of Latvia - A9 northwest towards Riga, and A11 south to Lithuania (Port Klaipėda and Palanga International Airport).
Liepaja International Airport (one of country's 3) is outside the city (near Cimdenieki). It serves mainly domestic / charter flights, and airBaltic (state-owned airline) connects to Riga.
Port Liepāja hass 3 main parts.
- Winter harbor (Trade channel) serves small-sized fishing vessels and medium-sized cargo ships.
- To the north of Trade channel is Main Port (with breakwaters separating it from Baltic Sea). It has capacity to handle large vessels (boxships and cruise liners) and ferries.
- To the north of Main Port is Karosta harbor (former military harbor) which is now used for shiprepair and other commercial services.
- The port also has moorings for yachts and leisure boats entering through Trade channel and berthing almost in downtown.
Liepaja cruise port videos
The Liepaja cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Liepaja, Latvia.
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