The geographical location of Klaipeda has defined its historical role as intermediary in the economic relations between East and West for 750 years, arguably longer. It has the northernmost ice-free port on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea and good land routes into the continent. Klaipeda is large, multi-modal transport junction of sea, land and railway routes, connecting Eastern and Western industries and markets in the shortest possible ways.
The port handles all types of general and specialised cargo such as metal, steels, oil products, fertilisers, timber, containers, refrigerated products, grain, railcars, trailers, trucks and passenger cars. The annual capacity of the port stevedoring companies is up to 30 million tons of cargo.
The Klaipeda port is distinguished in the context of the Baltic Sea region. In the beginning of 2005, the Klaipeda port received ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:1996 certificates, confirming Quality and Environmental Management. Klaipeda is the first port in the Baltic States region to receive two ISO certificates.
The Butinge Terminal is the newest facility of Mazeikiu Nafta situated in an all-year-round ice-free area of the Baltic Sea. Its history started in 1995, when the company Butinges Nafta was established for the purpose of constructing and operating the Terminal. In 1998, Butinges Nafta was merged into Mazeikiu Nafta.
The first tanker was loaded in Butinge in the summer of 1999 and took onboard a shipment of YUKOS crude oil. The Terminal can export up to 14 million tons of crude oil a year. As an import and export terminal, it is capable of not only exporting crude oil but also accepting import cargoes.
July 1, 2004 ISPS Code came into force in Klaipeda and Butinge port. The port carried out the ISPS requirements earlier the intended date and the last data were presented to IMO a week earlier.