International Cooperation

Membership in organizations

Cruise Europe (CEO)


In order to popularize and develop cruise traffic in Northern and Western Europe, 27 European ports established the Cruise Europe Organization. At the moment more than 70 ports participate in this organization. The organization not only promotes the activities of its members but also maintains close contacts with cruise lines and operators, taking care of navigational SOLAS safety and the surrounding environment as well as of the improvement of facilities offered by the ports.

Baltic Ports Organization (BPO)


Included in BPO, Baltic Ports Organization are forty or more of the most significant ports in the nine countries on all sides of the Baltic Sea with total throughput of more than 800 MLN tons a year The main objective for BPO is to improve the competitiveness of maritime transport in the Baltic region by increasing the efficiency of ports, marketing the Baltic region as the strategic logistics centre, improving the infrastructure within the ports and the connection to other modes.

European Sea Port Organization (ESPO)


ESPO represents the seaports of the Member States of the European Union and has observer members from countries of the European Free Trade Association, accession countries to the EU and European countries in general. The principal task for the ESPO is to represent the interests of port authorities, as well as to achieve maximum effectiveness of the European ports in the nearest future and to strive towards this goal by simplifying and co-coordinating traffic procedures, promoting the electronic data exchange that will replace innumerable piles of paper documents, wherever possible.

International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)


The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) were established with the view to represent navigation interests on a global scale. Today the Association comprises 230 world ports in 89 countries, which co-operate in various fields, as well as about 100 associated organizations representing navigation industry. Approximately 60% of the world maritime trade and 90% of the world container traffic is passing through the IAPH ports.

German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Latvia


German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (DBHK) provides support to entrepreneurs from the Baltic states who consultations in order to start up or develop their businesses in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia. Services offered by DBHK are especially appropriate for the needs of small and medium size enterprises.

International Association of Cities and Ports (IACP)


The IACP was created in 1988 on the initiative of cities, ports and their institutional and economic partners to create a permanent structure for the exchange of information and contacts in order to follow projects through in the best possible conditions. The IACP is an international network of economic and political bodies representing port cities. The IACP is the only organisation, which furthers exchanges of information and contacts between the world of the city and that of the port. The IACP is a network for benchmarking and promoting the city-port, acknowledged by public authorities and international institutions.

International Harbormaster Association (IHMA)


The International Harbour Masters Association is a non-profit making professional body that unites Harbour Masters around the world. The principal objective of IHMA is to promote safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound conduct of Marine Operations in Port water and their approaches, as well as to represent the professional position, interests and opinion of harbor masters in international, regional and national scope.


The Port of Santander


The Port of Santander is located on Spain's northern coast, in the capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria. Located on Spain’s north central coast, it is conveniently located as a base of trade with the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, and many countries in South America. It also enjoys commercial trade with Russia, Baltic countries, South Africa, Japan, and China, making it a truly global port. The mouth of the port is 18 meters deep and 1700 meters wide. The Passenger Terminal at the Port of Santander is located near the city center and commercial areas and can accommodate vessels up to 439 meters.

On 8 May 2001, a sister-ports agreement was entered into with the Port of Santander (Cantabria, Spain) for the purpose of achieving a stable institutional Cupertino model between the Port Authorities. This agreement promotes trade and business relations among enterprises and companies of the port association, exchange of the latest information, establishing of a working group with the view to analyze the possibilities of attracting new technical and financial resources.

The Port of Le Havre

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The port of Le Havre is situated on the right bank of the River Seine estuary in the North-Western France. It is the second largest French port and the fifth largest North-European port with 80.5 Mt handled in 2008. The shipping conditions are adapted to the largest vessels and it has a strategic location as the first main port called at in Northern Europe. With its wide range of port terminals, the port of Le Havre can process every type of cargo, as well as it can accommodate cruise ships.

The main purpose of the cooperation agreement with the port of Le Havre is to promote the information exchange regarding the port development and environment protection issues.

The Port of Casablanca

The port of Casablanca is located on Morocco’s Northwestern shores, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the one of the largest and the most important ports in Morocco and North Africa. The port is also considered to be the largest artificial port in the world. It transships more than 20 million tons of cargo every year. Furthermore, the port has a very important role in the economy of country as it employs 56% of all industrial workers in Morocco.

In the end of 2008, the cooperation agreement between the Freeport of Riga Authority and Casablanca Port was signed, that stipulated identification and implementation of all necessary measures with the aim to promote international cooperation of port services in property management and development areas, by using the latest IT solutions in cargo storage and inventory control.

The Port of Rijeka

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The port of Rijeka is located on Kvarner Bay off the Adriatic Sea and lies on a narrow strip of land between the Adriatic and the Julian Alps. It is the most important and largest port in Croatia, and the amount of cargo transshipped reaches 13 Mt per year. The port is located where the Adriatic Sea retracts most deeply into the European continent, and this geo-transport location is naturally the most convenient exit to the open sea for Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic. The main advantage of the port of Rijeka, in comparison with competitive ports, is its natural sea depth in the bay, as well as in the port areas (up to 60m). Compared to the ports of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the main advantage is the shortest sea route between Europe and the Near, Middle and Far East.

In 2008, the Freeport of Riga Authority signed a cooperation agreement with the port of Rijeka. The main purpose of the agreement is the exchange of information and experience regarding the flow of goods, application and introduction of new port technologies, the ports’ development and security measures in ports, environmental protection, as well as potential clients. The agreement also provides a framework for a joint advertising support and for miscellaneous activities.

The Port of Santos

Located in the city of Santos-SP, this port is the largest of Brazil and one of the busiest ports of Latin America, currently serving 26 Brazilian states. In 2014, its total cargo turnover was 83 million tons. The Port of Santos is especially important for the São Paulo state’s economy, around 90% of its industrial base is located within a radius of 200 kilometers from the port. The port operation provides for 28% of the Brazilian foreign trade volume.

On 11th July 2011 the Port of Santos (Brazil) and the Freeport of Riga (Latvia) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim to promote more active cooperation between the two ports. The Parties shall exchange information on port standards, regulations and laws that may contribute to the development of both Parties, and improve the efficiency of port operation. In particular, it refers to the port computerization procedures. The signatories of the Memorandum agreed on cooperation, with a view to identify actions to be taken in order to promote trade between the two countries.

The Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade (Port of Miami)

The Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami, now stylized as PortMiami, is a seaport located in Biscayne Bay in Miami (Florida, United States). PortMiami is recognized, and has been for many years, as the "Cruise Capital of the World" and "Cargo Gateway of the Americas". Today it is the largest and busiest cruise port in the world - it processed close to 4.8 million multi-day passengers in 2014. The Port of Miami is an island port that is spread across an area of over 600 acres. As one of the leading container ports in the United States, it transports approximately 7 million tons of cargo every year. The Port of Miami additionally serves clients in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. On 8th July 2014 the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade (United States of America) and the Freeport of Riga (Latvia) signed an International Sister Seaport Agreement.

Cooperation agreements

The Free Economic Zone “Minsk”