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Latvia’s Best SUP Rowers Show Excellent Results on Boards Manufactured at the Port of Riga

This year, establishing a new tradition, the Freeport of Riga Authority invites citizens of Riga and city guests to the first ever SUP festival during the Port Festival on August 16-17. Within the framework of festival activities, there will be an opportunity to watch the stage of the Latvian SUP Sprint Championship, where Latvia’s best SUP athletes will participate, performing and showing excellent results on SUP boards manufactured at the Port of Riga. 

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Parade of Ships at the Port of Riga Opens the Latvian Navy's Centenary Celebrations

Today, 9 August, a parade of military ships took place in the Port of Riga next to the Sea Gate in honour of the centenary of the Latvian Army’s Navy, and the port solemnly welcomed the ships of the naval forces of Latvia and its allies. 

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The territory of the port of Riga has been landscaped in collaboration with neighbourhood residents

At the initiative of and in collaboration with local residents, the Freeport of Riga Authority has constructed sports fields and courts and landscaped recreational territories in the residential area of Kundziņsala and in Mangaļsala at the “Auda” yacht club.

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New Cooperation Opportunities with the Chinese Great Stone Industrial Park for the Port of Riga

“Baltic Container Terminal”, the largest container terminal of the port of Riga, signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Chinese holding company “China Merchants Group” (CMG) while taking part in the Belt & Road Forum for Regional Cooperation and Development “Great Stone Industrial Park - Global Opportunities” in Minsk. The memorandum envisages cooperation by promoting container cargo shipments between China’s Great Stone industrial park in Belarus and the “Baltic Container Terminal”. For the port of Riga, this means an opportunity to increase container transhipment volumes and to demonstrate its competitiveness with respect to the port of Klaipeda, which can be considered the fiercest competitor within the framework of this project.

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LNG vessels will protect the environment and increase container turnover at the Port of Riga

By officially welcoming the new container ship Containerships Polar, the Port of Riga has started regular port services to LNG-powered container vessels. It is planned that the first two 100% LNG-powered vessels Containerships Polar and Containerships Nord owned by the CMA CGM group container line will arrive at the Port of Riga three times per week, and it is expected that a third LNG vessel will join them in the autumn. Thus, the Port of Riga has made a large step towards its goal of becoming a green port and reducing the environmental impact of its operations. As the new LNG vessels are one of the largest container ships that make regular stops at the Port of Riga, it is expected that the volume of container cargo will also increase.

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Zeltiņš: When it comes to the environment, we won’t accept any compromises

“From the perspective of the infrastructure built, there should not be any dust generated as a result of the reloading of various dry goods cargoes, nor any type of water pollution,” stressed Freeport of Riga boss Ansis Zeltiņš in an interview with the Diena newspaper.

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Chinese-Latvian Trans-border E-commerce Hub Sends First Container from the Port of Riga

Last week the first cargo container was shipped from the largest container terminal in the Port of Riga, the “Baltic Container Terminal”, to Ninbo, China marking the launch of the newly-established Chinese (Ninbo) - Latvian trans-border e-commerce hub. The first container was filled with paint products from Riga Varnish and Paint Factory. To celebrate this new beginning, an official opening ceremony was organised by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Latvia, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) and the Central and Eastern Europe E-Commerce Hub Development Association, the Freeport of Riga Authority, and Baltic Container terminal LLC.

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Maintaining protected territories helps to preserve biological diversity within the Port of Riga

The Port of Riga is one of the rare ports in Europe, whose territory contains several protected nature reserves, which occupy a total 75 ha of the port’s area. Protected nature territories within the Port of Riga include the Krēmeri nature reserve and Mīlestības Isle, which is part of the Piejūra nature park. Thus, in addition to the duties related to operations of the Port of Riga and its development, the Freeport of Riga Authority invests funds and manages and maintains protected territories.

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Port of Riga Maintains Stable Cargo Volumes

During the first quarter of 2019, the volume of cargo handled at the Port of Riga remained stable, amounting to 11 million tonnes. Though the volume of bulk cargo decreased by 6.1% and the volume of liquid bulk by 7.7%, this was offset by growth in general cargo. Year on year, cargo turnover increased by 4.2%, amounting to 2.82 million tonnes. Moreover, 1,184 cargo vessels were served at the port during the reporting period.

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Four cruise ships visit the Port of Riga at the same time

Four cruise ships are visiting the Port of Riga today, 19 June. This is the largest number of ships that the Port of Riga can currently host at any one time and testifies to the port’s capacity and potential. The ships Marina Majuro, Seven Seas Explorer, Clio and Aida Cara have brought a total of about 3,500 people to the capital. It is notable that, for the first time in a long time, the first cruise ship Marina Majuro has berthed at the Riga Central Terminal’s Export Port dock, which was previously used for handling dry goods. As a result of the relocation of dry goods cargo to Krievu Isle, the docks can be used for other purposes and cruise ships are one potential avenue for development for this section of the port.

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Surveillance camera installed by the Freeport of Riga Authority on Krievu Island for coal dust monitoring

With a view to ensuring the ongoing monitoring of the coal loading process and rapid identification of any potential deviations during coal loading, the Freeport of Riga Authority has installed a surveillance camera opposite the Krievu Island Terminal. Images recorded by the camera are available online: http://rop.lv/lv/media-lv/webkamera.html

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Development of Port Cities Discussed during International Meeting

Last weekend, Riga welcomed a meeting of AIVP, the Worldwide Network of Port Cities. AIVP is an international organisation that has served for 30 years as a forum for the many public and private stakeholders who are involved in port-to-city interaction and development processes. This network is made up of port authorities, state and municipal bodies, port services providers, urban planning experts and landscape architects, universities, and research institutes. It aims to improve port-to-city relations and contribute to sustainable development. The meeting was organised by the Freeport of Riga Authority, which joined the AIVP in 2006.

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Coal-free port areas in Andrejsala and Eksportosta to be used for the city

Since 10 March 2019, when the last load of coal was removed from the territory of Eksportosta in the city centre, eco-friendly coal handling takes place only at Krievusala terminals on the left bank of the Daugava. The largest infrastructure development project in the history of the port “Development of infrastructure in Krievusala to remove port activities from the city centre” has not only cleaned the air from coal dust, but also made new territories available for the development of the city.

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International Experts Discuss Sustainable Development of Ports in Riga

At the end of this week, Riga will host a meeting of AIVP, the Worldwide Network of Port Cities, during which various experts will discuss port-to-city interaction and the many processes affecting it. They will also address implementation of the new AIVP Agenda 2030 and the related challenges and issues. The Freeport of Riga Authority is one of the co-organisers of the event, and Latvia is represented by Ansis Zeltiņš, the CEO of the Freeport of Riga, Mihails Kameņeckis, a Member of the Board of the Freeport of Riga, Gvido Princis, the Architect of Riga City, Baiba Broka, Vice-Rector of the University of Latvia for Legal Matters, Juris Pūce, the Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development. See agenda here: http://www.aivp.org/riga/en/program-2/.

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New Cruise Season at the Port of Riga

At the end of April the Port of Riga opened the 2019 cruise season when the 300 m cruise ship MSC Poesia entered the port. MSC Poesia is owned by the cruise line MSC and brought more than 2,500 tourists to Riga during its Baltic cruise. The 10 day cruise started in Warnemünde, Germany, and had already had stops in Poland and Lithuania. From Riga, the ship continued on to Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. 

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