Klaipeda Port's largest vessel (so far) docked on December 19, 2018. Klaipeda is Lithuania's largest seaport. Though it is often only looked at as a jumping-off point to the Curonian Spit, Klaipeda is a lovely city that is worth visiting on its own. However, like the rest of the country, Klaipeda was also subject to both Nazi and Soviet occupation until secession from the union in 1990. Most of the plants are labelled, so you are able to know what they are. Port's land and infrastructure are state-owned, with partial privatisization underway. Throughout most of its history, Klaipeda was part of the Kingdom of Prussia, and the city was called Memel. Boats leave roughly every 30 minutes and costs €1 per person for a return ticket, regardless if you are travelling with a bicycle or not. If the weather is nice, it is also possible to hire a pedal boat on the river. As of 2020, BLRT Grupp owns 3 shipyards - Tallinn Shipyard (Estonia), Western Shiprepair (Lithuania) and Turku Repair Yard (Finland). As cruise port, Klaipeda offers several ship docking options/berths that can handle vessels with max LOA length 315 m (1034 ft) and max draught 8,5 m (29 ft). By this project, port's annual cargo capacity will be increased from 800.000 to 1,2 million TEUs. The park contains 116 sculptures that were constructed between 1977 and 1991 and it is an interesting place to wander through while in Klaipeda. Port Klaipeda (officially "Klaipeda State Seaport") has capacity to handle vessels with LOA length up to 250 m (820 ft), max draft 13,5 m (44 ft) and is served by two railway stations, plus highways connecting to Moscow Russia (via Kaunas-Vilnius and Minsk Belarus). The facility is owned by BLRT Grupp and was reconstructed at Naantali Shipyard (Finland). Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, J. Janonio str. Serving fresh, locally sourced, and inventive food, this restaurant has reimagined the local cuisine and it is definitely worth checking out. In 1923, it was passed to Lithuania and renamed from Memel to Klaipeda. While Klaipeda hasn’t seen the culinary revolution to the scope that Lithuanian cities like Vilnius and Kaunas has, there are still a number of great places to eat in Klaipeda. Seeing the tall ship amongst the backdrop of the classical architecture of the Old Town will take you back to a Klaipeda of long ago. Because of its proximity to the popular Curonian Spit, there are a number of places to stay in Klaipeda. The Port of Klaipėda is not only indispensable for the domestic Lithuanian market, but functions also as the main import/export hub for Belarus as well as is an important transit node for traffic to/from Russia and the CIS. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "ad6120c39b29217f4f7a855e531a2b1f" );document.getElementById("jbe871ee98").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); © 2020 The World Was Here First • All rights reserved. Being one of the largest cities in Lithuania, getting to Klaipeda is fairly easy and it is well connected both domestically and internationally. The production of the first of the two luxury expedition cruise ships ordered from Helsinki Shipyard Oy started on April 27, 2020. Have you been? Located just a little bit outside the Old Town, this is a popular spot with both tourists and locals alike. Unlike many port cities, however, Klaipeda has none of the industrial facilities or dodgy vibes commonly associated with cities such as this. You will find evidence of the German influence scattered about the Old Town. Click here to see their latest prices. Because of its volatile ecosystem, there are no bridges to the Curonian Spit and the only way to get there is by ferry. 14 big stevedoring companies, ship-repair, and ship-building yards operate within the port and all marine business and cargo handling services are being rendered. There is also a collection of crosses and fencing exhibited here that were once part of the cemetery that has become the sculpture park. Klaipeda State Seaport is the northernmost ice-free port on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. The settlement dates back from 7th century AD, but in 1252 was destroyed by the Teutonic Knights, who then constructed the Memelburg fortress. It is the most important and the biggest Lithuanian transport hub, connecting sea, land and railway routes from East to West.