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RIKON AS plans to launch manufacturing of mobile cranes in the Port of Riga

The Port of Riga company RIKON AS, which currently successfully competes in the market of manufacturing and maintenance of gantry cranes, plans to expand its production portfolio and launch manufacturing of mobile cranes, also.

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Port of Riga presented in Germany as an attractive destination for sailing tourism

Last week, the largest European sailing and water sports exhibition was held in Düsseldorf, Germany, where representatives of the Freeport of Riga participated to promote Riga as an attractive destination for sailing tourism.

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New container transport line “Poland-Finland Express” launches operation in the Port of Riga

COSCO Shipping Lines, one of the world's largest container shipping companies, has launched operation of its container shipping line “Poland-Finland Express” at the Port of Riga. The Baltic Sea route of the new line is Gdańsk-Helsinki-Riga-Klaipeda-Gdańsk, returning to the Port of Riga weekly.

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Work begins for creation of new Port of Riga development plan

The Freeport of Riga Authority has begun work on creation of the port development plan for the next decade. “It will be a comprehensive plan highlighting planned  development trends for the Port of Riga over the next ten years, starting from infrastructure improvement and development of new logistics routes, to sustainable environmental policy,” emphasizes Freeport of Riga CEO Ansis Zeltins (Ansis Zeltiņš).

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In 2018 the Freeport of Riga Authority will continue to enter new markets for cargo and passenger attraction

In 2018, the marketing activities of the Freeport of Riga Authority will be focused both on preserving existing markets and active work in new regions, attracting new cargo and passenger flows to the port, In the marketing area, the Freeport of Riga Authority will continue strategic cooperation with port operators, supporting them in attracting cargo and investments.

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Freeport of Riga Ready for Winter and Ice Navigation

At the end of last year, a running test of the icebreaker Varma, owned by the Port of Riga was performed. Based on test results as well as information provided by the Freeport of Riga services, the Freeport of Riga Captain  Artūrs Brokovskis is convinced that the Port of Riga is ready for winter and ice navigation.

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Exercise on Eliminating the Consequences of an Accident Involving a Chemical Substance Is Taking Place at the Freeport of Riga

In order to check the ability to respond to emergency situations, improve cooperation of response teams in containing and eliminating the consequences of an accident as well as test new methods and technologies in containing and eliminating chemical pollution, the annual exercise EKO 2017 is taking place today within the administrative territory of the Freeport of Riga, in Kundziņsala, within the territory of Baltic Container Terminal Ltd. The exercise included the simulation of the spill of a chemical substance with a high hazard level on land area and in the Daugava River involving victims, which occurred as a result of a container ship accident.

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The port of Riga handled 31.1 million tons of various types of cargo during the first 11 months of this year

This November was especially successful for the port of Riga, as it was able to handle more than 3 million tons of various types of cargo, displaying one of the highest monthly results this year. Positive indicators are mostly related to an increase in turnover for container cargo, coal, cereal products and wood pellets.

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Strengthening Cooperation between the Port of Riga and India

In early November, Ansis Zeltinš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga, together with representatives of the sector, went on an official visit to India within the framework of the delegation headed by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in order to participate in a range of events related to the strengthening of business and international relations. At a transport and logistics conference in Mumbai, representatives presented the logistics sector of Latvia and its advantages in Eurasian transit corridors, as well as familiarised Indian entrepreneurs with the opportunities of using the Latvian transit corridor for delivering cargo to Northern Europe. During the visit to Mumbai, the Latvian delegation visited the largest container cargo terminal in India, JNPT, and became acquainted with its operations. This terminal currently handles 4.7 million containers per year and mainly specialises in the processing of cargo intended for the domestic market of India and the handling of Indian cargo.

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Port of Riga Introduces New and Innovative Dry Bulk Handling Technology

In continuing developing the terminal and increasing the effectiveness of cargo handling, the company Rīgas universālais termināls Ltd. (RUT) has introduced a new technology: containerised dry bulk handling.  This technology is often called a revolution in dry bulk logistics and the Port of Riga is the first port in Europe to use this technology.

The company RUT is currently using the containerised handling method for handling wood pellets on large dry bulk ships. Pellets are delivered from warehouse to pier in special-purpose open-top 20-foot containers. Using a portal-frame container lift equipped with a revolute system (revolver), the entire contents of a container are delivered onto the ship by turning the container over into the holds.

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The International Transport and Logistics Exhibition

The International Transport and Logistics Exhibition “TransKazakhstan / TransLogistica 2017” is taking place in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, on November 1–3. The Port of Riga is represented by the Freeport of Riga Authority and Riga Container Terminal Ltd. This exhibition is the main transport and logistics sector event in Central Asia, gathering the leading professionals of the sector from Kazakhstan, CIS countries and China, as well as European countries, who attribute importance to creation of Eurasian logistics chains. The Port of Riga is participating in the exhibition as a part of the national stand of Latvia together with Latvijas dzelzceļš group, Freeport of Ventspils, Liepāja SEA and other industry companies.

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Reconstruction at the Company B.L.B. Baltijas termināls Will Reduce the Spread of Bad Odours in the Vicinity of the Port of Riga

Today, November 16, the Board of the Freeport of Riga adopted a decision to accept the activities planned by the company B.L.B Baltijas termināls JSC: reconstruction of the petroleum products handling and storage terminal and the construction of a new railway scaffold bridge for the discharge of heavy petroleum products from tanker-cars. The decision of the Board determines that activities are to be carried out according to the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and conditions set in the opinion of the State Environmental Bureau.  The modernisation of B.L.B. Baltijas termināls JSC is aimed at improving the effectiveness and competitiveness of the company’s operations, as well as at significantly reducing the environmental impact of its operations.

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LDz Loģistika Ltd. and the Freeport of Riga Present the Advantages of the Latvian Transit Corridor in India

Verners Lūsis, Chairperson of the Board of the Latvijas dzelzceļš SJSC subsidiary — LDz Loģistika Ltd., and Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga, went on a visit to India this week within the framework of the delegation headed by Māris Kučinskis, Prime Minister, to participate in a range of activities related to strengthening of business and international relations. Including tomorrow, November 4, managers of the companies will participate in a transport and logistics conference in Mumbai, where they will present Latvia’s advantages in international transit corridors.

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The Largest Ro-Ro Vessel “Endurance” has Arrived at the Port of Riga

The US vessel “Endurance”, which is the largest Ro-Ro vessel (vehicles carrier) ever accepted at the Port of Riga, arrived at the port this week.  The 265-metre-long vessel moored and was handled by the company Riga Universal Terminal Ltd. (RUT), which loaded helicopters, cars and containers of the US Armed Forces onto the vessel to deliver them back to the US within the framework of armed forces rotation.

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Participants of the 16+1 Format Transport Conference Introduced to Investment Opportunities at the Port of Riga

Mārtiņš Ziemanis, Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga, participated in the meeting and business conference of transport ministers from China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (16+1 format) The 16+1 format activities took place on October 25–26 in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, with an aim to facilitate cooperation between countries involved in the field of transport and logistics.

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