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Klaipeda started to become involved in sea trade in the 13th century. For several centuries the magistracy and the merchants defended the port affairs and fought with the competitors: the ports of Gdansk, Königsberg, Liepaja. Up to the second half of the 18th century, when Klaipeda was a port-fortress, all the defence equipment and the waters belonged to the State. At the beginning of the 19th century the port was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Lithuania. Lithuania has allotted funds for the development of the port. Before the First World War, the Port of Klaipeda was known as a timber port. In the beginning of the 20th century, newly-built mineral fertiliser and cellulose enterprises stimulated the growth of the port. In 1935-38 the Port of Klaipeda exported 75%-78% of Lithuania's total exports and imported 66% of total imports.

During the post-war years, an independent Fishing Harbour and Commercial Harbour, ship repair yard and ship building yard were established. Those structures belonged to different ministries of the former Soviet Union.

When Lithuanian independence was restored, the idea of creating a united, modern and universal seaport was promoted. The structure of Klaipeda Port has been fundamentally reorganised to match the model of West European countries. In 1991, the Klaipeda State Seaport Authority was founded. It is in charge of the functioning of the port and its integration into the Lithuanian transport complex. The Port Authority is responsible for the maintenance, reconstruction and modernisation of the port infrastructure, while loading/ unloading operations are managed by separate independent terminals. In 1996 Klaipeda Port Act was promulgated. The port's land and infrastructure belong to the state, but the superstructure can be privatised. Some private stevedoring companies already operate in the Port of Klaipeda.

The Port of Klaipeda is the most northerly ice-free port in the Eastern part of the Baltic Sea. The port is able to accommodate ships of up to 195 m in length with draughts of 10.5 m. Every year about 7000 ships enter the port from more than 45 foreign countries. The Port is able to handle up to 20 million tons of various cargoes: metal, fuel oil, fertilizers, timber, ro-ro containers and other general cargo. There are six stevedoring companies, three ship repair yards and one shipyard in the Port of Klaipeda. Cargo throughput almost reached 15 million tons in 1996. More than 60,000 passengers travelled through the port in 1996.

Via regular shipping lines, Klaipeda is linked to Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Poland, Ecuador, Morocco and South Korea. There are well-known shipping lines to Kiel, Copenhagen, Mukran, Ahus (operated by LISCO), a container line from Rotterdam and Felixstowe, the Kursiu Line, and the DFDS Baltic Line to Copenhagen and Malmö.

Inland connections are perfect. The port is served by two railway stations. Motorways link Klaipeda to Moscow via Kaunas, Vilnius and Minsk. The nearest airport is at Palanga, 28 km away.

Choosing Klaipeda Seaport, you choose the shortest way between East and West.

Klaipeda -- Lithuania's gateway to the world.

Portal cranes with lifting capacity of up to 40 tonnes.

The international ferry terminal.

Annual throughput of metal has reached 3.5 million tons.

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