Germany’s largest seaport Hamburg and Lithuania’s seaport Klaipeda intend to cooperate more closely on developing and implementing joint projects and creating new logistics routes between Germany and Lithuania. In addition, Lithuania invites German companies to participate in the construction of an offshore wind farm near Klaipeda and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the port of Klaipeda.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on May 5 by the heads of the two ports following a meeting between the Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodžius and the Minister of Economy and Innovation Michael Westhagemann during his visit to Hamburg with the Lithuanian delegation. The agreement covers a 5-year cooperation.
“Sea and rail links between Lithuanian and German ports are an important part of international logistics chains, which become even more important in today’s geopolitical context. We have great potential to develop transport links between the two regions, strengthen economic ties between the countries and carry out more freight transport, cooperate on various projects and exchange best practices in the use of state-of-the-art technologies”, said Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications M. Skuodžius.
The ministers discussed opportunities to strengthen cooperation between the Port of Klaipeda and Lithuanian Railways, and urged German partners to take advantage of the growing opportunities in rail freight transport to the Baltic Sea region. The European railroad line Rail Baltica, which is being built in the Baltic States, opens up new prospects and is already transporting cargo from Europe to the intermodal terminal in Kaunas.
The Lithuanian minister also invited German companies to participate in the construction of an offshore wind farm near Klaipeda and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the port of Klaipeda, as well as in the development of the southern part of the port of Klaipeda, through research, technical projects and contract work, reports the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Lithuania.
“Lithuania is actively preparing for an offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea near the port of Klaipeda – the Seimas recently gave the green light for the country’s first offshore wind farm, which could meet up to a quarter of Lithuania’s electricity needs. We invite German companies to participate in this project – to start operations at the port and expand them”, Minister Skuodžius said at a meeting with city and port officials.
Working with German partners in this area has great potential – Hamburg is home to some of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers and leading developers of offshore wind projects.
Source: Ministry of Transport and Communications of Lithuania