OREANDA-NEWS.  February 07, 2012. Freight traffic passing through Port of Klaipeda in January 2012 grew by 9.4% year-on-year, to 2,878,102.8 tons, the SE Klaipeda State Seaport Authority said. 

Handling of general cargo fell 7% to 851,947.4 tons, shipment of liquid bulk rose by 2.4% to 1,025,178 tons, of suction and grab cargo - dropped by 20.5%, to 1,977,400 tons. In January, the port handled 555 ships, the same number as a year before.

Monthly volume of crude oil shrank by 3.8% to 839,793,100 tons, including 800,252,200 tons (-0.2%) shipped from Butinge Oil Terminal. Total deliveries of fertilizers decreased by 18.5% to 833,858.9 tons. Handling of Ro-Ro cargo fell 12.3% to 350,828.3 tons.

Container traffic slid 0.5 percent year-on-year, to 27,555 TEUs.

State-run Port of Klaipeda, the northernmost ice-free port on the East coast of the Baltic Sea, is the largest Lithuanian transport hub, connecting sea and inland traffic lanes. There are 17 stevedore companies, shipyards and other operators at the port, providing a broad range of services.