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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maintaining protected territories helps to preserve biological diversity within the Port of Riga

The Port of Riga is one of the rare ports in Europe, whose territory contains several protected nature reserves, which occupy a total 75 ha of the port’s area. Protected nature territories within the Port of Riga include the Krēmeri nature reserve and Mīlestības Isle, which is part of the Piejūra nature park. Thus, in addition to the duties related to operations of the Port of Riga and its development, the Freeport of Riga Authority invests funds and manages and maintains protected territories.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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