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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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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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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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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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Good Growth for the Freeport of Riga in the First Six Months of the Year

The Freeport of Riga completed the first six months of 2018 with good growth. Cargo volume was up by 0.7% compared to the first half of 2017.

From a six-month perspective, rapid growth was observed in the general cargo segment with the last year’s cargo turnover exceeded by 21.9%. The number of containers handled by the port continued to grow: 225.6 thousand TEU containers were shipped through the Port of Riga, which is the highest six-month indicator in the history of the port.

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Krievu Island Project to Be Funded by OP Corporate Bank and AS SEB Banka

The open tender announced by the Freeport of Riga Authority for 77 million euro financing for the project ‘Development of Infrastructure on Krievu Island for the Transfer of Port Activities from the City Centre’ has ended. OP Corporate Bank and AS SEB Banka, which offered the best loan conditions, were announced the winners.

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Extensive Geotechnical Investigation of the Port of Riga Territory Commenced in Spilve Meadows

To plan the further development of territories of the Freeport of Riga and improve offers for potential investors, the Freeport of Riga Authority commenced an extensive geotechnical investigation of free port territories in the meadows around Spilve. It is planned that the perspective territory of the Spilve meadows might be developed as a place for logistics and industrial companies to operate. The development of port territories on the left bank of the Daugava River will be also included in the Freeport of Riga Development Plan for 2019–2028, a functional document which will outline the development of the Port of Riga from the point of cargo, functions and territories.

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The Port of Riga to Cooperate with the Port of Shenzhen, the World’s Third Largest Container Port

Last week, on 16-22 June, the Freeport of Riga Authority together with the port companies Rīgas Universālais Terminālis (Riga Universal Terminal) and Nacionālais konteineru termināls (National Container Terminal) participated in a visit to China by the Minister for Transport Uldis Augulis and companies of the Latvian transport sector. Within the framework of this visit, an agreement was signed on the establishment of sister port relationship between the Freeport of Riga and the Shenzhen Port.

This agreement is aimed at promoting cooperation between the two ports as well as actively exchanging information and experience in port planning, management and development. The two ports see wide cooperation opportunities in the field of environmental protection, information technology, employee training and port safety.

The Port of Shenzhen is one of the largest and fastest-growing container ports in the world. In 2017, the port handled 25.2 million of TEU containers, which placed it in 3rd among the busiest container ports in the world. The port handles on average 560 container ships a month.

‘Despite the differences in port sizes and cargo volumes, both the Port of Riga and the Port of Shenzhen are influential market players in their regions. Various similarities can be identified in our possibilities and challenges in the rapidly changing environment of international trade and navigation of the 21st century’, commented Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority. ‘We will definitely be able to learn from Shenzhen’s experience in port management, planning and development on the path to our goal — developing the Port of Riga as the largest container cargo transit centre in the Baltic Region and the so-called container ‘hub’ port in the Baltic Sea’.

Within the framework of the visit, the representatives of the Freeport of Riga Authority and port companies also participated in the World Transport Convention and the international exhibition organised during this conference, as well as in activities related to the establishment of the Belt and Road International Transport Alliance (BRITA). BRITA is a multilateral cooperation alliance initiated by China, which unites the main players of the transport and logistics sector of the countries involved in the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, and the Freeport of Riga Authority has become a member of this influential alliance.

To attract cargo from China more effectively, the Freeport of Riga Authority signed agreements and became involved in the operation of two Chinese logistics information exchange platforms: LOGINK (National Public Information Platform for Transportation & Logistics) and GLA (Global Logistics Alliance). Participation in these organisations will ensure that information concerning the Port of Riga reaches Chinese companies in the transport and logistics sector.

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Experts get acquainted with the Riga Port infrastructure crucial for the national security

Last week – from 30 May to 1 June – employees of the Internal Security Service of the Freeport of Riga Authority and officials of the Port Police of the Freeport of Riga Authority took part in a regional Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) workshop organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and the USA. The aim of the workshop was to discuss current global threats and promote regional cooperation in combating and control of illicit movement of weapons of mass destruction, WMD delivery systems and related raw materials.

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Crucial Progress in Construction of the Second Stage of the Krievu Island Terminal

Last week, on 20th of June, Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga, and representatives from ACB, general contractor for the construction of the second stage of the Krievu Island Terminal project, familiarised Members of the Freeport of Riga Board with the progress in the construction of the second stage of the Krievu Island project during an on-site visit. Members of the Board gained confidence that the construction of additional infrastructure would be carried out according to the work plan and more than half of the total construction work had been completed in the territories of stevedoring companies.

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The Port of Riga Follows Global Trends and Is Ready to Accept Large Ships

Increasingly large ships are used in the segment of cargo shipments by sea. The cargo owners wish to reduce their costs and carry out shipments using ships with a greater deadweight capacity is also felt by the Port of Riga. In 2017 the port handled almost 3 times more cargo than in 1997, while the total number of incoming merchant ships dropped from 4,029 in 1997 to 3,422 in 2017. “The trend is clear: the number of ships coming to the port is decreasing, but their capacity increases,” A. Brokovskis, Captain of the Freeport of Riga, commented on the data. Challenges faced by the Port of Riga in handling these giants increase along with the size of ships.

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The Freeport of Riga Authority Accepted to CLIA, Most Influential Cruise Industry Association

Continuing its active work on attracting more cruise ships and, respectively, more cruise passengers to Riga, the Freeport of Riga Authority has become a member of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), the world’s largest cruise industry association. Membership in this organisation will open a path for closer cooperation between the Freeport of Riga Authority and the world’s largest cruise line operators, thus facilitating the development of the cruise sector in the Port of Riga.

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Transport and Logistics Sector of Latvia Continues Work with Chinese Partners

Companies representing the Latvian transport and logistics sector spent the past week in Shanghai, China, host city of one of the largest exhibitions in Asia — Transport Logistic China. Negotiations were held with a wide range of representatives of the largest European and Asian logistics companies.

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Cooperation Agreement Signed Between the Freeport of Riga Authority and the Port of Rotterdam Authority during the Visit by the King of the Netherlands

This week, on 11 June, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands visited the Freeport of Riga Authority to meet the participants of the Netherlands-Latvia Business Seminar “Get Connected”.

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One of the Largest Ships to Enter the Port of Riga This Year Lands in Riga

Last week the MSC Orchestra, one of the largest cruise ships to enter the Port of Riga this year, moored for the first time at the pier of the passenger terminal. The ship brought over 2,550 cruise passengers to Riga.

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