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The city of Klaipėda has been involved in maritime trade since as early as the 13th century, and probably during prehistoric times, since it is located on the Amber Road. For several centuries its administration and its merchants defended the port and competed with the Port of Danzig and the Port of Königsberg. It was heavily fortified. At the beginning of the 19th century the port was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Lithuania. Before World War I
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Photo 1. Two barefoot, female friends walking along a wall.. In 1991, after Lithuanian independence was declared, the Klaipėda State Seaport Authority was founded. It administers the port and supports its integration into the larger scheme of Lithuanian transport. The Port Authority is responsible for the maintenance, reconstruction and modernisation of the port infrastructure, while loading and unloading operations are managed by separate independent terminals. The port's land and infrastructure b
Photo 2. Old wooden fishing boat on display in Klaipeda, Lithuania.. old wooden fishing boat on shore display in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The Port of Klaipėda is the most northerly ice-free port in the Eastern part of the Baltic Sea. The port can accommodate ships of up to 250 meters in length with draughts of up to 13.5 meters. The port is served by two railway stations, and highways link Klaipėda to Moscow via Kaunas, Vilnius, and Minsk.
Photo 3. Dock crane on the floating dry dock in the port, in Klaipeda, Lithuania.. Huge blue and white crane fixed to the floating dry dock in port in Klaipeda, Lithuania. In 1997, 16.13 million tons of cargo were handled at the port, increasing to over 31 million tons in 2010. About 321,000 international passengers transhipped the port of Klaipėda in 2010, on ferries servicing Kiel and Mukran in Germany, Åhus in Sweden, and Copenhagen and Fredericia in Denmark.
Photo 4. Merchant ship Gomain Naree leaving post in Klaipeda, Lithuania.. Medium sized merchant vessel with three on board deck cranes is under way, apparently empty, leaving port in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The port of Klaipėda is also the leading port among the Baltics by handling of containers (382 th. of TEU in 2011). The World Bank is sponsoring improvements at the port:
Photo 5. Merchant ship Gomain Naree leaving port in Klaipeda, Lithuania.. Medium sized merchant vessel with three on board deck cranes is under way, apparently empty, leaving port in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The main objectives of the Klaipeda Port Project are to strengthen the long term competitiveness of this Baltic region port, and, to improve environmental conditions, by preventing spills, improving waste reception facilities, and monitoring environmental conditions.
Photo 6. Passengers inside a small fishing boat in Klaipeda, Lithuania.. Public Transport, Lithuanian style. A fishing boat acting as a small ferry boat bringing people to the beaches. The two main components are: 1) Investments in civil works, which will include the rehabilitation of breakwaters at the port entrance, through detailed investigations, and, build an extension of both the northern, and southern breakwaters, to limit wave energy from entering the port.
Photo 7. Docks in Klaipeda Port, Lithuania. Docks in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania. In addition, the channel entrance will be dredged, widened, and deepened, allowing a realignment away from the oil terminal, in accordance with international agreements. Specifically designed monitoring fenders will be installed, combined with steel mooring lines. Safe maneuvers will be ensured following the installation of a wave/current monitoring system.
Photo 8. Docks in Klaipeda Port, Lithuania. Floating Dry Docks in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania.
Photo 9. Docks in Klaipeda Port, Lithuania. Docks in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania. Studies will determine the requirements for marine environment protection, and the financing of necessary equipment, and training. 2) Technical assistance will be provided, through studies to estimate the appropriate level of land lease rates, to avoid cross subsidies with harbor dues, and review lease management contracting, and procurement procedures, and, will focus on privatization practices for port services.
Photo 10. Docks in Klaipeda Port, Lithuania. Floating Dry Docks in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania. Also management. Training will be provided for port pilots on skillful navigation practices.
Photo 11. Docks in Klaipeda Port, Lithuania. Dry Docks in the Port of Klaipeda, Lithuania
Photo 12. Passenger ferry Kintai, in Klaipeda, Lithuania. blue and white ferry bringing passengers into Kleipeda.
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