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Port of Riga Introduces New Technologies for Handling Cargo

Comprehensive cargo containerisation is a growing trend in cargo shipments across the world. Currently, sea containers are used to transport not only consumer goods, but also the most diverse piece goods — metals, timber, cars and even goods which traditionally have been transported as bulk cargo, i.e., grain, metal ores, etc. Companies operating in the Port of Riga are also following the containerisation trend by developing and improving cargo processing and handling technologies.

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Workshop 25th - 26th April, 2018, Rīga,Latvia

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Workshop “Port Dues and Other Incentives for Greener Cruise Ports” (WP4-E17) of the GREEN CRUISE PORT (GCP) project will take place in Latvia, Riga 25-26 April 2018 and will be hosted by the project partner from Latvia- the Freeport of Riga Authority.

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Logistics Challenges: Single Management System and Security

What are the next steps in the development of transit and logistics in the age of various challenges? How will it be affected by global innovations and which technologies created in Latvia will facilitate this development? Answers to these and other crucial questions were sought at the international conference “Global Transport Security and Safety for a Century” organised by the OECD International Transport Forum and the Ministry of Transport last week, gathering approximately 160 participants from 59 countries.

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Riga Port has the potential to become a significant transit hub for the New Silk Road

Last week, a number of high-ranking officials from the Chinese capital of Beijing visited Riga, showing particular interest in the Port of Riga. A delegation headed by the Vice Mayor Mr. Zhang Gong of the Chinese capital visited the Freeport of Riga. It was an opportunity for the Freeport of Riga Authority to present the Port of Riga as an effective transit hub for the transportation of Chinese container cargoes and as a good place for Chinese investment.

The guests from China met with the CEO of the Freeport of Riga Mr. Ansis Zeltins (Ansis Zeltiņš), got acquainted with the performance indicators of the Freeport of Riga, its infrastructure, services and development projects. The representatives of the city of Beijing were informed of the potential investment and cooperation opportunities in the Port of Riga.

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Freeport of Riga Authority honours the best employees of port enterprises

The Port of Riga has been one of the main economic drivers of Riga for already 817 years. Also today, the Freeport of Riga is one of the largest employers in the country.

At present, the port employs more than 5,000 people, which operate in 88 companies at the port area - in total, 34 stevedore companies or port terminals, cargo storage companies, production companies, and various shipbuilding and repair companies. In addition, there are about 120 other companies operating in the Port of Riga, which on a daily basis provide shipping agency, supply, control, cargo transportation and handling, tugboat, waste management and hydrotechnical services.

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A spacious, multi-functional cargo handling, warehousing and logistics centre to be built in Kundzinsala

Already this year, in the Kundzinsala territory of the Freeport of Riga, it is planned to begin construction works for the development of a spacious, multifunctional cargo handling, warehousing and logistics centre that will serve as the centre for cargo distribution and consolidation for goods and products from India and other countries to the markets of Northern Europe, Russia and the CIS.

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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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The Freeport of Riga is actively getting ready for the new cruise ship season

Cruise travel is currently one of the most rapidly growing tourism segments in the world, chosen for recreation by approximately 23 million passengers every year. Market trends suggest that the number of cruise passengers may increase by another third by 2030, revealing more and more new tourist routes and market niches. A significant increase in the number of cruise passengers has also been observed at the Port of Riga for several years now. Last year Riga was visited by 86 cruise ships, bringing almost 90 thousand passengers from more than 120 countries, thus hitting a new ten-year passenger record at the Port of Riga. According to the information summarised by the Freeport of Riga Authority, the number of cruise ships continues to grow in 2018 as well: at the moment, 91 cruise ships, including six ships which will visit Riga for the first time, have already applied for entry to the Port of Riga this season.

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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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"Activity of Latvian ports within the period since 2010 has become more stable, sustainable and diversified"

"Among the Baltic States, Latvia continues to maintain its leading position in the field of transit: since 2010 about three times more cargo has been transhipped in Latvian ports than in Estonian and by 1/3 more than in Lithuania," said Aivars Jurcans (Aivars Jurcāns), finance and investment expert. According to his calculations, when comparing the performance of the Baltic ports in 2017, it can be observed that almost half of the total cargo volume in the Baltic States was handled by Latvian ports, i.e. almost the same volume as transhipped within the ports of Klaipeda and Tallinn.

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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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Agreement to be reached on measures to take to bring order to the territories of Andrejosta and Eksportosta after coal cargos have been shifted to Krievu island

In order to facilitate reaching the goals of the "Development of Infrastructure on Krievu Island for the Transfer of Port Activities from the City Centre" project co-financed by the European Union (EU) Cohesion Fund, the Board of Directors of the Freeport of Riga has ordered the Freeport of Riga Authority, in cooperation with the Riga City Council and the involved stevedoring companies, to agree upon a set of required activities and a coordinated plan to ensure that the company’s territories in the area of Andrejosta and Eksportosta, as they are, would be freed from coal and other dust-raising bulk freights on a timely basis and that in the beginning of 2019 the processing thereof would be completely ensured in the newly built terminals on Krievu island.

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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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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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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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