OUTWARD BOUND: Klaipeda port is investing in its facilities as cargo handling volumes increase.
VILNIUS - Klaipeda Seaport Authority signed a contract agreement on Dec. 30 with the company Josef Mobius Bau-Aktiengesellschaft on reconstruction of piers No. 8 and No. 9, reports news agency LETA. The agreement provides reconstruction of the southern 90-meter long part of the piers No. 8 and reconstruction of piers No. 9 in Klaipeda port.
The cost of the work is 24,037,000 litas (6.9 million euros), including value-added tax (VAT).
The envelopes containing offers on the open tender on construction of this project were opened on June 22, 2010. Seven offers on reconstruction were submitted for this tender. One was submitted by the only independent participant, a Lithuanian company, and the remaining offers were submitted either by consortiums with activities in other countries or by foreign companies from Germany, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Russia.
On Aug. 5, 2010, a preliminary ranking of tenders was produced, whereas the best offer was announced from Josef Mobius Bau-Aktiengesellschaft at its winning offer price. Second place was given to Merko Ehitus, acting under joint activity agreement with Getelit; the price of the offer was 26,446,970.09 litas, including VAT. The third rank was for Latvijas Tilti with an offer price of 26,568,556.97 litas, including VAT.
The duration of contract work will take 15 months from the date of contract signing.
“We are glad that during the last days of this year we may be proud both of port cargo handling records as well as large volumes and value contract agreement implementation, which will result in the higher competitiveness of our port,” said the director general, Eugenijus Gentvilas.
The total length of reconstructed piers No. 8 and No. 9 makes up 255 meters. The port water area depth will reach up to 14.5 meters, and this will allow servicing ships with 13 meters draught.
Last year, Klaipeda port handed 31.2 million tons of marine cargo, an increase of 12 percent year-on-year, or a 4.3-percent increase compared with 2008, the best year in the port’s history, show preliminary estimates. “These results were guaranteed by the timely decisions concerning the administrative reform and business optimization. Over one and a half years, we not only reached the levels of 2008, but also exceeded them,” Transport Minister Eligijus Masiulis said.