Modern freight-handling system for Baltic shipping

In Lithuania, we built a modern container terminal for global shipping group MSC.

Klaipėda is the northernmost ice-free port on the Baltic Sea’s eastern coast, and MSC is transforming its terminal there into an international hub. The shipyard covers an area of 142,000 square metres. Our job was to build a new terminal on the territory of an old one without disrupting the flow of freight between ships, trains and trucks. 

The upgrade means that Klaipėdos Smeltė terminal can now service very big container ships, which will cut costs for transporting goods in the Baltic Sea region and further east. 

That is good for consumers who gain from lower costs. It is also good for the environment, since more efficient shipping will cut emissions by some 50,000 tonnes a year. And Lithuania’s economy will benefit from growing trade and new jobs. 

Versatile and challenging project

The project, Lemminkäinen’s biggest yet in Lithuania, involved ground preparation and paving of shipyard, plus power, lighting, drainage, rain and waste water removal and other infrastructure. 

The tight schedule was challenging, and also the fact that we had to work in different parts at different times, as the terminal was operating continuously. The team also came across buried remains of old structures, high groundwater and bouts of bad weather. In addition, some changes were made to the initial plans, so innovative solutions and a lot of negotiations were brought into use, in addition to technical expertise.

The project started in April 2013 and was scheduled to be ready in November 2014. We finished on time, met the very strict technical demands, and didn’t have a single accident. 

We had 70–80 people working at the site on average, and 120 at the peak, including subcontractors.

Facts

  • 132,000 square meters of asphalt surface, 5,400 square meters of concrete paving and 4,600 square meters of concrete pads
  • Systems for drainage, waste isolation, 13.7 kilometres of pipes plus several underground tanks
  • 5 substations to supply the terminal with electricity

 

Details

Modern freight-handling system for Baltic shipping
MSC
Klaipeda
Lithuania
2015