The Port of Klaipėda in Lithuania has completed the dredging of its channel after one year of work.
The dredging and widening of Klaipėda State Seaport Navigation Channel was implemented by Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors. Following the contract agreement, the Dutch company dredged 4.432 million cubic meters (about 156.5 million cubic feet) of soil, worth about 127.297 million Lithuanian litas (approximately US$48.0 million). The port’s navigation channel increased up to 150 meters (about 492 feet), from 394 feet, and was deepened up to 48 feet, from 43 to 44 feet, allowing it to receive post-Panamax vessels.
Klaipėda Port handled 129,839 20-foot-equivalent units in the first four months of 2013, increasing 7.4 percent, or 8,988 TEUs, compared with the same period last year.