The cargo turnover at Lithuanian State Seaport of Klaipeda increased by 3.4% yoy since the beginning of the year. The cargo throughput of the port for the period January-August 2016 amounted to 26.2 million tons. With such increasing turnover, Klaipeda Seaport occupied the 3rd standing in the list of the busiest Eastern coast Baltic Seaports. During the reported period, 4,496 vessel called at the Lithuanian State port, which represent an increase of 2% compared to the same period last year. The growth of cargo volumes is mostly due to the location of the northernmost ice-free port on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, connecting sea and inland traffic lanes.
However, the cargo turnover in August 2016 of Klaipeda State Seaport decreased by 2.6% yoy to 3.07 million tonnes. The general cargo throughput increased by 3.5% to 0.958 million tons and the bulk volumes handled at the port grew by 4.3% yoy to 1.45 million tons, while the liquid dropped significantly by 21.9% yoy to 0.669 million tons.
Klaipeda State Seaport is the main transport hub and the gate of Lithuania to the world. This is one of the most important northernmost ice-free port on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Klaipeda State Seaport was established in 1991 after merging of commercial and fishing ports. The cargo turnover at the end of 2015 amounted to 38.51 million tons, from which largest part is based on fertilizers and oil products.