We are situated in a beneficial transport connection point between the EU, CIS and Central Asia and are considered to be one of the core network hubs in Latvia and the Baltic Sea region between the East-West transit corridor and the European TEN-T transport network. To us a high level customer service means the ability to offer an infrastructure that responds to our customer demands – efficient transport routes and their combinations in both global and regional transport chains.
The Port of Ventspils serves as a TEN-T base for effective delivery of goods in the Northern part of the EU. We offer complex transport solutions to companies by using sea, road, rail and air transport links. Ventspils is also connected with the Russian oil pipeline system Polotsk – Ventspils with the total capacity of 6 000 000 tons per year.
E-22 Motorway and East-West Railway Corridor Connections
The single 1520 mm railway system of Latvia, the Baltic and CIS countries and the single road transport system is one of the benefits of the Ventspils transit development.
The dual way motorway E-22 runs through Ventspils and continues up to Russia (United Kingdom – the Netherlands – Germany – Sweden/Norrköping – Ventspils – Rīga – Russia/Moscow). An efficient logistics network reaches from Ventspils up to other Baltic and CIS countries.
Ventspils is a part of the East-West railway corridor, which is integrated in the common Eurasian transport system. It connects Europe and the regions of Asia with the Baltic Sea ports, and is one of the busiest traffic connections in the Baltic States. The railway maximum capacity is 34 million tons per year.
Ferry Traffic to Germany and Sweden
One of the world’s largest ferry operators with the broadest network in Europe – Stena Line – provides 2 regular ferry lines from Ventspils to Sweden and Germany every week.
Ventspils – Nynäshamn (Sweden, 58 km from Stockholm, 545 km from Oslo) runs 8 times a week. The fastest sea route connects Stockholm, the central part of Sweden and also the economic activity centers of Norway with Latvia, from where it is possible to reach Russia, other CIS countries and further regions with the help of land transport.
Ventspils - Travemünde (Germany, 84 km from Hamburg, 330 km from Berlin) runs once a week and provides regular supply of goods for the German market.
Air Traffic of Ventspils
The Ventspils Airport is located in the territory of the Freeport of Ventspils. The airport specialises in servicing general aviation flights. The airfield is certified to perform visual flights in the daylight and darkness. The technical parameters of the airfield are as follows: one 1,298 m long and 32 m wide asphalt runway for servicing aircrafts with the maximum takeoff mass up to 30 tons. The Ventspils Airport has passenger terminal, meteorology information service (ATIS) and aviation fuel is available 24 hours a day.
Unoccupied area adjacent to the Ventspils Airport is available for locating new businesses and production plants.
Ventspils is located approximately 175 km or 2 hours away from the biggest air traffic center in Latvia — the Riga International Airport (RIX).
Businesses currently in Freeport of Ventspils
Member of the Board of Ventspils Welding Plant Jevgēnijs Lapkovskis:
– It is much easier to work in Ventspils than in Riga – less red tape and cooperation with the municipality make Ventspils attractive for us. One of the factors making the city unique is the ability to combine tourism and industry. The North Kurzeme Vocational Education Competence Centre offers training programs that are directly related to the company’s field of activity, e.g. Metalworking, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering Technology and others.
Member of the Board and manager of EUROLCDS Ilmārs Osmanis:
– Thanks to the support of Ventspils municipality and the Freeport Administration, we can successfully operate in the largest clean room in Latvia as well as in a totally new industrial building. A perfectly developed infrastructure is also ready for us to use. We evaluated several sites for placing our liquid crystal display manufacturing plant. The benefits of Ventspils, that were not present in other sites, were the available industrial park with enough energy capacities, which was of utmost importance for us, as well as the promise of Ventspils Freeport to build an industrial building and rent it to as, plus the Ventspils University College in which electronic and IT engineers are studying. We need engineers with fresh knowledge as well as managers.