KALININGRAD, February 24. /TASS/. Lithuanian shipping companies are showing interest in capabilities of the ferry line from Russia to Germany bypassing Poland, an official with the TransExim company, which is the ferry operator said on Wednesday.
The ferry line linking the port town of Baltiisk in Russia’s Kaliningrad region with the port town of Sassnitz in Germany was launched on February 21.
"Lithuanian companies have paid attention (to the ferry line - TASS) and are ready to sign agreements to rent from 20 to 30 seats (for their road trains) on each regular route three times a week," - the representative said. Considering that Russian shipping companies are already interested in the ferry line it is quite promising and will continue to function, the representative added.
The decision to launch the ferry line was taken following the problems with the transit of cargos between Russia and Poland in early February. When the transit of cargos across Poland was blocked shipping companies had to use detours. Lithuania became a "transshipment terminal" for goods shipped from Poland and the EU and back. According to experts, the overland routes became at least 500 km longer and the shipping costs increased by 30-50% or even 100%.