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The Freeport of Riga Authority continues to develop cooperation with China

Last week, the Freeport of Riga Authority together with SIA Riga Container Terminal represented the Freeport of Riga in one of the largest Asian transport and logistics exhibitions "The 13th China (Shenzhen) International Logistics and Transportation Fair" in the Chinese port city of Shenzhen, as well as participated in several major industry events.  During the exhibition a meeting with the representatives of the Port of Shenzhen, a partner to the Freeport of Riga, was held.

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The Port of Riga outlines a vision for future development of Spilve Meadows

Last week, an in-depth investigation of free territories of the Freeport of Riga was completed at Spilve Meadows. Results of the geodetic investigation yielded recommendations on the compatibility of the Spilve Meadows territory with various types of constructions and development projects. During the research, 3D visual modelling was also performed, an important precondition for the future development of the territory, attraction of investors and promoting the competitiveness of the Port of Riga. 

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Belarus sees Latvia as an exit to the sea

Last week, from 2 October through 4 October, the CEO of the Freeport of Riga Ansis Zeltiņš, employees of the Freeport of Riga Authority and port companies represented the Port of Riga during the annual Belarusian Transport Week. Belarus is one of the current strategic target markets, where Latvijas Dzelzceļš AS together with the Ministry of Transport and other industry representatives are working hard to attract freight traffic and promote cooperation. The Port of Riga has set out clear objectives for the Belarusian market and currently has a good opportunity to compete for Belarusian cargo flows.

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Ports and Shipping Experts: the Future of the Industry Is Digital

Last week, the conference 2nd Baltic Ports and Shipping 2018 organised by the Freeport of Riga Authority gathered world-level experts and professionals of the industry in Riga to discuss the most topical current issues and future challenges in the activities of ports, shipping and the effective provision of supply chains. The biggest challenges of the industry on both regional and global scale include the influence of geopolitical processes on international trade, fast development of digital technologies and modern transformation of ports from a simple place of cargo handling into a complex ecosystem with many diverse participants. 

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Port of Riga positioned as an attractive destination for world's major cruise companies

Last week, from 19-20 September in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, the Freeport of Riga Authority together with Rīgas pasažieru termināls SIA, participated in a summit organized by CLIA, the world's largest cruise industry association, attended by the world's largest cruise line operators.

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Substantial progress in the construction of additional infrastructure and coal handling technologies in Krievu Island

The greatest project in the history of the Freeport of Riga — the Krievu Island Terminal — is entering into its final phase with the additional infrastructure works and construction of the required utilities, cargo areas, rail approach roads, a windbreak fence to meet environmental protection requirements, administrative buildings, and installation of coal handling technologies. The course of work creates confidence that all construction works on Krievu Island will be completed within the planned deadlines.

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The cruise ship Azamara Journey moored at the Port of Riga for the first time

On 26 August, the cruise ship Azamara Journey moored at the Port of Riga for the first time. Its owner and operator is Azamara Club Cruises, a part of the world's second largest cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises based in Miami, USA.

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Active cooperation has begun between the Freeport of Riga Authority and partners from China

In terms of diversification of cargo and points of origin, cooperation between the Freeport of Riga Authority and partners from China is becoming increasingly active. The Chinese cargo market, potential transportation routes through the Port of Riga and attracting Chinese investment have been the focus of the Freeport of Riga Authority for a long time. Cooperation has now become even more active and partners from China are showing a strong interest in the Port of Riga.  

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Freeport of Riga Authority renews its integrated management system certification

An audit of the integrated management system to renew its ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certifications has been conducted at the Freeport of Riga Authority. Auditors of SIA Bureau Veritas Latvia positively rated the work of the Freeport of Riga Authority and did not find any incompliances in its integrated management system.

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Record number of ships register at Freeport of Riga in August

In August, the Freeport of Riga saw the largest number of ships serviced per month since 2014, namely, 340 merchants ships. 

During the first eight months of this year 2,456 ships have been serviced, 144  more than in the previous year. The largest increase (+24%) this year was recorded for bulk carriers that leave the Port with timber material, peat, various cargoes of metal and agricultural products. The number of container ships has grown by 13 % as well.

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Ambitious plans for the Port of Riga

Current transit sector trends promise a good year, Ansis Zeltiņš, Freeport of Riga CEO who has just completed his first full year as the head of the Port, said in an interview with Diena newspaper.

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The goal of the Freeport of Riga - million containers per year

A year has passed since Ansis Zeltiņš assumed the office of CEO of the Freeport of Riga last August. Future development plans and the future course of the Port of Riga are the topics of the interview with the CEO in the season's opening programme Transport Today, Tomorrow.

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Freeport of Riga will install two new air quality monitoring stations for air quality control

At its meeting on 25 July, the Board of the Freeport of Riga decided to purchase and install two new air quality monitoring stations, one of which will be placed at the newly built multifunctional terminal in the north-western part of Krievu Island and the other in close proximity to the residential area around Lielupes Street in the Bolderaja District. The stations will be built and start working by October.

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An impressive wind fence to prevent coal dust pollution is under construction on Krievu Island

Taking care to observe environmental protection requirements and protect the quality of life of those living in the urban areas adjacent to Krievu Island, the construction of a windbreak fence is in full swing on the periphery of the Krievu Island territory. The wind fence will be 23 meters high, ant its total length will be more than 2 kilometers. As it takes prevailing wind directions into account, the main task of the wind fence will be to prevent the spread of coal dust in the surrounding environment.

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Even Larger Cruise Ships to Enter Riga Centre

On Friday, 20 July one of the largest cruise ships to enter the Port of Riga this year, Serenade of the Seas, moored at the passenger terminal in the centre of the city. The length of the ship, which was built in 2003 in Germany, is 293 metres, the width is 39.8 metres and the maximum draught is 8.5 metres. The mooring of a ship of this size in the centre of Riga has been possible due to cleaning works carried out by the Freeport of Riga Authority in the approach channel and the ship-turning basin.

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