Green Horizon: Klaipėda Port Boosts Fleet with Hybrid Pilot Boats

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In a significant move towards environmental sustainability and operational efficiency, the Klaipėda Port Authority has announced the acquisition of two new hybrid pilot boats, set to join the port’s fleet within the next year and a half. The contract for these innovative vessels has been sealed with Estonia-based shipbuilding company, Baltic Workboats AS.

Director General of the Klaipėda Port Authority, Algis Latakas said “At the end of next year, a hydrogen-powered waste collection vessel and two new-style hybrid pilot boats will be sailing in the Klaipėda Port Channel. Klaipėda Port is undergoing renewal and modernization while taking a comprehensive approach to environmental improvement within the port.”

These state-of-the-art pilot boats are designed to operate round the clock, ensuring seamless navigation for ships entering and leaving the port. Even in adverse weather conditions, with waves reaching up to 5 meters and winds up to 30 m/s, the boats will maintain their operational efficiency. Equipped with advanced search and rescue amenities such as an onboard crane, rescue platform, and searchlights integrated with thermal cameras, they prioritize safety alongside functionality.

A notable feature of these hybrid vessels is their propulsion system. While maneuvering within the port, they will solely rely on electricity, minimizing emissions and noise pollution. However, when higher speeds are required for navigating beyond the port’s gates into the open sea, the engines will seamlessly transition to diesel power. This dual-mode operation not only ensures environmental sustainability but also enhances the boats’ versatility in varying operational contexts.

Gintaras Petreikis, Fleet Manager at Klaipeda State Sea Port Authority said “It is worth pointing out that pilot boats will use only electricity to move around the port. However, if more speed is needed, especially when sailing out to sea, beyond the port gates, the engines will switch to diesel. This will reduce emissions at Klaipėda Port.”

To support the efficient operation of these hybrid vessels, electric charging stations will be strategically positioned at the Port Authority’s new fleet base and near the company’s upcoming administration building. This infrastructure investment underscores the port’s commitment to sustainability and underscores its proactive approach to embracing eco-friendly technologies.

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Manufactured at the Baltic Workboats AS shipyard on Saaremaa Island in Estonia, these pilot boats are slated to arrive at the Klaipėda Port by the end of 2025. Each boat represents a significant investment, with the Port Authority allocating EUR 3.242 million per vessel, excluding VAT.

The addition of these hybrid pilot boats marks a milestone in Klaipėda Port’s journey towards environmental stewardship and operational excellence, setting a precedent for sustainable maritime practices in the region.

About Klaipėda Port

Situated as Lithuania’s premier transport nexus, the Port of Klaipėda seamlessly intertwines sea, land, and railway routes, serving as the nation’s vital link to the global arena. Its pivotal role in Lithuania’s economy is undeniable, annually yielding returns for every citizen and fostering an environment conducive to business growth. Through steadfast investment in development and modernization.

The Port of Klaipėda has emerged as a beacon of advancement and competitiveness in the maritime industry. With direct connections to 70 countries worldwide, Klaipėda welcomes approximately 6,000 vessels annually, facilitating the transit of roughly 45 million tonnes of cargo. Moreover, the port serves as a gateway for tourism, welcoming up to half a million visitors and passengers via cruise and passenger ships each year, bolstering Lithuania’s position on the global stage.

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