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The project “Wind Barriers at the Freeport of Riga” receives recognition in the competition “The Annual Riga Architecture Award”

On World Architecture Day, 7 October, the Annual Riga Architecture Award was presented for the fourteenth time. Of the more than 700 structures brought into service last year in Riga, 26 buildings were nominated for the award, including the "Wind Barriers at the Freeport of Riga", completed by the Freeport of Riga Authority. This year, the impressive 23-metre-high and 2-kilometre-long barriers, built on-site at the new Krievu Isle terminals, received from the Office of the Architect for the City of Riga a Special Recognition "For a Major, Large-Scale Technical Solution intended to Improve the Quality of the Environment as Part of the Development of the Port”.

According to Gvido Princis, Architect for the City of Riga: “The Port of Riga is constantly developing – infrastructure renewal and improvement work is being carried, and brand new objects are being built. Undoubtedly, buildings at the port have also caught the attention of the Office of the Architect for the City of Riga. This year, with the award of the jury’s recognition of the wind barriers as an industrial solution, we wanted to draw attention to the positive development processes at the Port of Riga. These usually take place far beyond the port’s boundaries, and often happen out of public view. Therefore, we wanted to show that today the port is implementing its projects with the urban environment in mind. The port’s industrial operations, which have traditionally developed in our city, are undoubtedly linked to certain risks to the environment and the quality of life of the city’s residents. However, it is evident that the port authority is currently thinking about how to reduce these risks, and large investments have been made in the construction of environmentally friendly structures and in the introduction of new technology”.

The wind barriers have been built as part of the biggest project in the history of the Port of Riga: "Infrastructure Development at Krievu Isle to Relocate the Port’s Operations away from the City Centre”. The purpose of the barriers is to effectively negate the effects of the prevailing winds on coal piles and prevent coal dust from being lifted up into the air and ending up in the surrounding environment. In addition to the construction of wind barriers, a range of further measures have been implemented at Krievu Isle to protect and monitor the environment. Both the Freeport of Riga Authority and port companies have invested significant funds in coal sprinkling equipment, a sealed space where wagons are overturned, coal transportation and other technology. Meanwhile, a webcam has been made available on the Freeport of Riga’s homepage, by means of which everyone can watch the loading process online and see for themselves that port operations are being conducted without any harmful impact on the environment.

Cooperation with Belarus offers good prospects to the Latvian transit sector

During the last week, the Freeport of Riga Authority, several port operators and other logistics stakeholders represented Latvia during the Belarus International Transport Week in Minsk. More than 20 transport and logistics companies from Latvia participated in the 13th Transport and Logistics Fair.

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Latvian transport sector represented in the Coordinating Council of Trans-Siberian Transport

Representatives of the Latvian transport and logistics sector have returned from the annual plenary of the Coordinating Council of Trans-Siberian Transport, which took place in Nursultana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The Trans-Siberian Railway is the world’s longest railway route, affecting territories far beyond this 10,000 km line from the Far East to Moscow. The Trans-Siberian Railway is like a spine that supports the entire European-Asian transport corridor stretching from such countries as China, Japan and the Central Asia to the Baltic States, Germany and even France. The Coordinating Council of Trans-Siberian Transport is an international association. More than 20 countries and 100 companies are members of this impressive logistics network. 

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Number of Tourists Visiting Riga by Cruise Expected to Rise Next Year

Since cruise lines are planning their itineraries as many as several years in advance, the Port of Riga already knows the schedule of cruise ships stopping at the port next year. So far, 85 cruise ships have announced their intention to dock at the Port of Riga during the next cruise season, five ships more than this year. There is another positive trend — these ships will be much bigger in size, which means a larger number of passengers can be expected. At this point, it is estimated that at least 85 thousand tourists will visit Riga by cruise, which constitutes a 15 % increase compared to 2019.

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Port of Riga Rapidly Increases Volume of Handled Wood Pellets

In August, the Port of Riga handled a record volume of wood pellets. During a single month, port terminals managed to handle more than 200,000 tonnes of pellets. Also, year on year this cargo group has shown impressive growth. During the first eight months of this year, the year-on-year increase in the volume of wood pellets shipped from the Port of Riga was 55.4%.

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Introduction of the “smart port” concept will contribute to sustainable development of ports

At the end of last week, Stockholm hosted one of the most important events for Baltic Sea ports: the annual Baltic Ports Conference. This event is organised by the Baltic Ports Organisation or BPO, to which the Freeport of Riga belongs. With 47 Baltic Sea ports as members, the goal of the BPO is to promote cooperation among regional ports and shipping to promote sustainable economic, social and ecological development, ensuring better regional competitiveness.  

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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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Record volume of grain handled at the Port of Riga

The peak season for grain handling started at the Port of Riga in August. Grain is handled all year round, but most activity takes place after the August harvest. According to current data, more than 200 thousand tonnes of bulk grain were shipped from the port in August, which is the highest number this year and historically one of the highest to date.

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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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5G in Ports will Protect the Environment and Foster Efficiency

It seems as if every self-respecting member of the online community has an opinion on 5G as a benchmark of progress or, on the contrary, a mythical threat. It is unlikely that this vociferous debate will be resolved any time soon, but in the meantime trials are currently being conducted in the world’s ports, including the Port of Riga, which will enable this technology to be used for very specific solutions that facilitate environmental protection and are thus vital to human health and safety, as well as the efficiency of port operations. This, in turn, is the basis for competitiveness and the higher economic welfare of society.

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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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Repair works have begun at Port of Riga moles

The Freeport of Riga Authority has started repair works on both the eastern and western entrance moles of the Port of Riga. Moles are one of the most important hydrotechnical constructions at the Port of Riga, providing the necessary depth for ships to enter the port and protect the navigation canal from sea currents and sand sediments. Both moles of the Port of Riga were built during the second half of the 19th century, when rapid modernisation of the port and reinforcement of the navigation canal with hydrotechnical constructions began.

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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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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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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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