The second best cargo handling result within the period of the Port history has been achieved

2013 01 09
The second best cargo handling result within the period of the Port history has been achieved

The data submitted on the 4th of January 2013 testify that during 2012 the Klaipėda Seaport handled 35.24 million of seaborne cargo, i.e. by 1.35 million tons less or by 3.7 percent less than during 2011. The cargo handling turnover – 32.24 million tons – achieved in 2012 was the second best cargo handling result in the history of Klaipėda Seaport.

in 2011 in 2012 Change in pct.
The total cargo handling 36,59 million t. 35,24 million t. -3,7

382 185 TEU

4,27 million t.

381 278 TEU

4,36 million t.



Fertilizers 11,61 million t. 9,73 million t. -16,2
Oil products 9,14 million t. 8,26 million t. -9,6

261 196 units

4,91 million t.

264 448 units

4,84 million t.






The basic reasons that made the greatest impact on the changes of cargo handling in Klaipėda Seaport within the respective year were as follows:

1. More sluggish rates of import and export to (from) CIS countries
2. While assessing the container handling (TEU) results in Klaipėda Seaport it should be noted that within the period of March–June of 2011 extremely intensive import of cars carried by containers from the USA was recorded due to the fact that since the 1st of June of 2011 the higher import taxes would be implied on cars transported to Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. Therefore it is natural that when the new order took an effect the calm down of the container handling turnover has become evident. On the other hand the cargo turnover increase in the previous year demonstrates that containerisation and the demand for consumer goods have not stopped growing.
3. The less demand for fertilizers resulted into the drop down of the turnover of fertilizers in 2012.
4. The basic reason that has determined the considerable drop down of the handling of oil products in 2012 were the overhaul works performed at the petroleum refining company „ORLEN Lietuva“. The production of this company constitutes ½ of all oil products handled by SC „ Klaipėdos nafta“.
5. Since the beginning of 2012 the competitive shipping lines operating in the neighbouring ports have started decreasing (dumping) their prices in order to enhance their attractiveness. This factor resulted into temporary preconditions to re-distribute the part of Ro-Ro cargoes in the Baltic Sea region.
6. The changed situation in the sphere of the ownership of railway cars and platforms in Russia determined their deficiency in Klaipėda Port, therefore the part of previous Klaipėda Seaport clients transferred their operations to the seaports of Latvia as, due to more extensive export of Russian cargo via these ports, more Russian railways cars and platforms were delivered to Latvian seaports.

Records reached in 2012:

1. THE LARGEST TONNAGE CONTAINER SHIP– 277,3 metres in length, 40,00 metres in breadth, with the draft of 14,5 metres and the capacity of 5762 TEU – the container ship „MSC KRYSTAL“ was accomodated in Klaipėda Seaport on the 20th of January, 2012.
2. In July of 2012 the Seaport of Klaipėda reached the record Ro– Rocargo turnover per month (including railway cars) – 25 404 units.
3. According to preliminary data the record of port dues collected per month, i.e. 13.4 million Lt., was reached in December of 2012.

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