Port of Liepaja

From Global Energy Monitor

Port of Liepaja is in Liepāja, Latvia. It is a multifunctional and non-freezing port on the coast of the Baltic Sea. It handles various goods, including coal.[1]


The port is in the Liepaja Special Economic Zone along the Baltic Sea.

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The Liepaja Special Economic Zone (LSEZ) was formed in 1997 with the goal of developing and promoting trade, industry, shipping, and air traffic, as well as international exchange of goods, through Latvia.[2]

A general cargo handling terminal is the first terminal developed by "Liepājas ostas LM," and was originally established for metal cargo handling. A bulk cargo terminal was also implemented in cooperation with the Swiss company "Bunge," the Danish company "Dan Store," and "Liepājas osta LM" in 2005. A second phase at the terminal was completed by 2011.[3]

Coal handling in Liepaja port was the highest in 2018 reaching 1.47 million tonnes. From January to September 2019, it appears Russia (and potentially Kazakhstan) exported approximately 1 million tonnes of coal via Liepaja.[4][5] Since then, coal handling volumes decreased dramatically to practically zero in 2021 and 2022.[5] Total cargo of Liepaja port in 2022 was 7.6 million tonnes.[5]

As of 2023, there are 15 stevedore companies operating in Liepaja port. It appears that LSEZ "Ekers Stividors LP" is the only terminal that provides transshipment of coal, among other products.[6][7][8]

Abandoned Expansion Plans

In 2010, a new coal terminal was proposed at the Port of Liepaja by Russia's Baxet Coal Terminal (BCT) company. The BCT Company and the Latvian government were to invest an estimated 50-100 million Euros. Funding would also possibly come from the EU. The coal would be transported from Russia to Liepaja via rail and shipped to US, Western European, and African markets.[9][10][11] These plans were later abandoned.[12]

LSEZ SIA "Ekers Stividors LP" also planned to build another terminal Karosta which would handle coal with 0.8 million tonne per annum capacity. However as of 2021, these plans were changed and the terminal will handle other goods.[13]

Project Details

  • Owner: LSEZ Ekers Stividors LLC
  • Parent: Private individuals
  • Location: Liepāja, Latvia
  • Annual Coal Capacity (tonnes): 1.5
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports
  • Source of Coal: Russia


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  2. "History," Liepaja SEZ, accessed October 2021
  3. "Terminals," Liepaja Port, accessed October 2021
  4. "Russian And Kazakh Coal Export Jan-Sep 2019," Contemporary Analytical Agency, 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Kravu apgrozījums Liepājas ostā" (PDF). www.vialatvia.com. 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Terminals". liepaja-sez.lv. Retrieved November 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "SIA "Ekers Stividors LP"". www.ekerslp.eu/. Retrieved November 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "LSEZ SIA "Ekers Stividors LP" rūpējas par vidi". www.youtube.com. September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Russians plan to develop coal terminal at Liepaja port," Offshore Energy, March 5, 2010
  10. "New Coal Terminal Planned For Liepaja, Latvia," Dry Bult International, April 19, 2010
  11. "Угольный терминал в Лиепае: вопрос отложен," Port News, March 12, 2010
  12. "Atsakās no ieceres par 50 miljonus vērtu ogļu termināli". /m.db.lv/. unknown. Retrieved November 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= and |date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ""Karosta LP" vairs necer uz ogļu kravu pārkraušanas iespēju (". irliepaja.lv. February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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