The cargo throughput in Port of Klaipeda in Lithuania rose by 2.8% yoy in first quarter of 2017, amounting to 10.303 million tons. The positive result reflect jump in cargo handling during the beginning of the year, which succeeded to offset the March delay. During the reported period, the liquid cargo handling in Port of Klaipeda decreased by 16.6% yoy to 2.682 million tons, general cargo handling decreased by 2.1% to 2.981 million tons, while bulk cargo turnover rose by 23.4% and amounted to 4.64 million tons, being the main engine of the Baltic Sea port growth. During first quarter of 2017, totally 1,622 vessels docked the port compared to 1,625 vessels during the same period last year.
In March 2017 the turnover of Port of Klaipeda decreased by 1.5% yoy to 3.46 million tons, mostly due to sharp drop of liquid cargo throughput. The liquid cargo throughput dropped by 27.3% to 0.842 million tons, general cargo turnover decreased by 7.8% to 1.071 million tons, while bulk cargo handling increased by 29.6% to 1.546 million tons, but failed to offset the slid in other types.
Port of Klaipeda in Lithuania is one of the few ice-free ports in northernmost Europe, and the largest in Lithuania. It serves as a port of call for cruise ships as well as freight transport in Baltic Sea.