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Rapid development of Russian ports continues to transform historic transit routes

At the end of November, Russian Transport Week, one of Eurasia’s annual transport and logistics events, took place in Moscow. More than 4,000 leaders from the transport sector and 15 thousand visitors participate in these week-long events. The largest Latvian transit companies were also represented at 2019 Russian Transport Week. 

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Record Cargo Turnover at the Port of Riga in October

In terms of the volume of handled cargo, October was the most successful month this year. New monthly records were set for cereals, wood chips and container cargo segments. This is also resulted in more ships arriving at the Port of Riga. In October, there were as many as 311, which is the highest monthly number this year.

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Looking for ways to export Argentinian produce via the Port of Riga

In order to study the port management experience and knowledge of the Port of Riga, as well as approaches for developing logistics channels and trade promotion, a high-level delegation from Corrientes, Argentina led by its Governor Gustavo Adolfo Valdes visited the Port of Riga last week. Corrientes is a province in northern Argentina known for highly developed agriculture, forestry and food production. Corrientes-produced beef, citrus fruit, tobacco, tea, rice and timber from pine and eucalyptus forests are exported to all corners of the world.

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The key to success – innovative technology and value added services

By merging two former Swedish-owned terminals, new national port operator WT Terminal was born in the Freeport of Riga. Since inception, this company has managed to increase its cargo turnover seven times. Furthermore, it keeps increasing its production capacities, and cooperates with local engineers to develop and introduce innovative cargo handling technologies.

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Expert: in timber logistics, Brexit may even offer new possibilities for Latvian businesses

The UK is one of Latvia’s most significant export partners, and shipments to British ports generate a large share of turnover at the Port of Riga. During the first nine months of this year, cargo turnover between Riga and UK ports amounted to 2.5 million tonnes or more than 10 % of the total cargo turnover at the port.  Thus, interest in everything related to Brexit is quite logical: timber exports make up two thirds of all shipments from Latvia to the UK, and news about Brexit is especially important to those port operators that offer handling and loading of timber consignments.

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Poaching fishermen caught in waters of Riga Port

Every year, fishing of fish from the Salmonidae family is prohibited in Latvian rivers from October to December. To ensure that the respective species are protected, in rivers, where these fish spawn, including the River Daugava, inspections are performed.

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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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Modern and spacious warehouses make it possible to increase capacity for the handling of frozen cargoes at the Port of Riga

In the Atlantic Ocean, the herring and mackerel fishing season is fully under way. Norwegian, Icelandic, Scottish and Faroese fishing vessels follow fish along their migration routes and fill the set catch quotas. Some of the fish are destined for Central Asia, and here a significant role is played by the Port of Riga.

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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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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”.

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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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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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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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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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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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