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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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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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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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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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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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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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Port of Riga – essential logistics link for e-commerce development with China

The forum “Cross-border E-commerce with China”, held under the international conference eCOM360, paved the way for a new partnership platform that will promote the progress of e-commerce between China, Latvia and other Eastern European countries. The Freeport of Riga Authority and the port company TFS Trans, which is the most advanced high-bay warehouse centre in the Baltics, also became the members of the Central and Eastern European E-commerce Centre Development Association. 

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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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Second phase of Krievu Island project receives GRAND PRIX at Latvian Builders Association’s 2018 Annual Awards

At the 2018 Annual Awards of the Latvian Builders Association, the Freeport of Riga Authority project “Construction of additional infrastructure on Krievu Island” received one of two GRAND PRIX awards for the most ambitious and significant project in 2018. The Annual Awards of the Latvian Builders Association are the largest construction industry awards in Latvia with 143 contenders in 10 nominations. The second GRAND PRIX went to Mežaparks Song Festival Bandstand reconstruction and the Song Festival Bandstand spectator area project.

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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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Manufacturing at the Port of Riga beneficial for both businesses and the Port

The Port of Riga future vision outlined in the Freeport of Riga Development Programme for 2019-2028 foresees transformation of the Port into a smart logistics centre with high added value services and production facilities. Development of manufacturing at the Port is a way to create jobs, generate income and ensure stable cargo turnover in the long term perspective. Numerous successful, rapidly growing companies that implement high-quality impressive production projects at the Port which serve their customers all over the world, prove that the Port of Riga is an attractive location for launching new production facilities already at this moment. Operation of these companies at the Port is equally beneficial for the companies and the Port.

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The Port of Riga and Port of Qingdao (China) Sign a Cooperation Agreement

Last week, the Ministry of Transport of Latvia and companies from the transport sector participated in the China International Logistics Week in Xi'an, organised by the China Communications and Transport Association. One of the most important events was the International Logistics Exhibition “CHINA WESTERN INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS EXPO 2019”, where Latvian ports and VAS Latvijas Dzelzceļšwere represented by the joint stand VIA LATVIA. At this year’s exhibition, Latvia was granted the status of an honourable guest.  During the event, the Freeport of Riga signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Qingdao in China. 

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Coal handling has begun at both Krievu Island terminals

To free the centre of Riga from coal cargo and transfer the handling of coal to the new terminals equipped with modern technologies on Krievu Island, in 2012 the Freeport of Riga Authority launched the Development of Infrastructure on Krievu Island for the Transfer of Port Activities from the City Centre project. This February, with the fist coal carriers moored and loaded, both Krievu Island terminals SIA STREK and SIA Riga Coal Terminal started their work. This means that the largest investment project in the history of the Port of Riga is nearing its completion. 

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Tallink Grupp has ambitious plans for Riga-Stockholm line

This year Tallink Grupp celebrates its 30th anniversary, as well as the 13th anniversary of launching regular traffic between Riga and Stockholm. Since 2006, when Tallink began its operations at the Port of Riga, more than 7.5 million passengers, 910,000 vehicles and 175,000 cargo units have travelled this route.

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Roadmap for sustainable cruise port development worked out

The Green Cruise Port – Sustainable Development of Cruise Port Locations project has been completed along with the action plan and recommendations for the Baltic Sea cruise ports. The project was financed from the European Regional Development Fund and its purpose was to unite the Baltic Sea cruise ports to enable solving current problems with joined forces and to support sustainable and quality development of all ports involved in the project. By joining the project, the Freeport of Riga Authority received an opportunity to study the aspects that are the most important for cruise development at the Port of Riga, exchange information and gain experience from other Baltic Sea cruise ports.

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