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Klaipedos Smelte Container Terminal (KSCT) in Lithuania reported a jump in its container throughput in June to 5,000 teu, from a monthly average of 1,200 teu. The terminal is aiming for a minimum throughput of 40,000 teu this year.

Throughput climbs at KSCT

A good part of the increase is attributable to an increase in traffic carried by shipping line MSC. The carrier is now calling at least three times a fortnight at the terminal with larger feeder vessels, after it was guaranteed a draught of 11.5 m for its ships. Among the containerised cargo carried by MSC is a growing number of new and secondhand cars destined for Lithuania and other CIS countries.

China Shipping Container Lines has also increased its throughput, while Maersk Line has launched a reefer service carrying fruit and frozen meat from the Americas for onward distribution by rail in the Baltic region. In addition, Aarhus-based Unifeeder has joined the list of common feeders calling at KSCT. The terminal has recently taken delivery of three new Linde reachstackers to support the growth in volumes.