The capital dredging works of Klaipeda Seaport Navigation Channel, between quay No. 9 and the Seaport gates, officially started last week.
During this dredging project, scheduled for completion in autumn, an Austrian construction company “Strabag” will remove approximately 300.000 cubic meters of material from the mentioned area.
The Seaport Navigation Channel will be deepened by half of the meter – from 14,5 to 15 meters.
According to representatives of the Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, these works are the first step towards the depth up to 17 meters in Klaipeda Seaport.
“In order to remain competitive and to accommodate large vessels, it is vitally necessary to have appropriate depths both in navigation channel and nearby the quays. By now the largest vessel entering the Seaport of Klaipeda was 317 meters in length vessel “Celebrity Eclipse”. Already this week the new record of the largest and the longest vessel will be set. On the 4th of June the 324,8 meters in length container carrier “MSC Charleston“ will call our Seaport,“ said Director General of Klaipeda State Seaport Authority Arvydas Vaitkus.
The capital dredging operations of the navigation channel in the northern part of the Seaport have also just started, while the maintenance dredging works are already in full swing.