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Increase in Dry Bulk and General Cargo, Drop in Oil Products at Riga Port

Over the first seven months of this year, the Freeport of Riga handled 20 million tonnes of cargo. As compared to 2016, cargo turnover increased by 1.6 per cent for dry bulk and by 11.5 per cent for general cargo, including by 14.3 per cent for container cargo. In turn, the volumes of handled liquid bulk cargo have also decreased at the port of Riga this year, taking into account market trends.Detailed statistics on cargo turnover at the Freeport of Riga is available here.

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Danish Ambassador visits the Freeport of Riga Authority

Today, Hans Brask, the Danish Ambassador to Latvia, visited the Freeport of Riga Authority. The main objective of the visit was to meet the new CEO of the Freeport of Riga, Ansis Zeltins (Ansis Zeltiņš). During the meeting, the Ambassador learned about current issues facing the Port of Riga, and possibilities for further cooperation in the field of freight transport between Denmark and the port of Riga were discussed.

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The Freeport of Riga Authority Will Develop the Infrastructure of the Ķīpsala Yacht Harbour with Funding from the European Union

By participating in the project “Improvement of Sailing Infrastructure and Yacht Harbours Network Building in Estonia and Latvia (EST-LAT Harbours)” of the ERDF Interreg programme, the Freeport of Riga Authority is planning to improve the infrastructure of the Ķīpsala yacht harbour. The goal of the project is to increase the competitiveness of the Riga port in the area of sailing tourism and hosting of large sailing competitions, which would contribute to a potential increase in tourism in Riga. The Freeport of Riga Authority signed a Partnership Agreement for participation in the EST-LAT Harbours project, and the port’s board approved the allocation of the indicative co-funding of the Freeport of Riga Authority in the amount of EUR 67,000.

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Ansis Zeltiņš to Be the New CEO of the Freeport of Riga:

Today, 28 July, a meeting of the Board of the Freeport of Riga appointed a long-term professional from the transport and logistics sector, Ansis Zeltiņš, as the CEO of the Freeport of Riga. On 28 June, the Board of the Freeport of Riga unanimously supported his candidacy for the position of CEO, though it was still necessary to receive the consent of Transport Minister Uldis Augulis, which was eventually received. Zeltiņš will start his work as CEO on 1 August.

 “One of my most important tasks at the very beginning will be to work out a new Riga port development plan for the next 10 years. I have undertaken to prepare and submit such a plan for approval to the government within the coming year. It is important to ensure the continuity of the port development and to strengthen its competitiveness, which will be the task of the new port development plan. The capacity and sustainable infrastructure of the Freeport of Riga undeniably place it at the top of the list of the most important ports in the Baltic region. There is a range of already-begun works and projects to be successfully implemented, including the restructuring of the port authority and strengthening of the administration; the distribution of financial functions and team building have to be finished; the work on the Krievu Island project has to be completed,” explained the new CEO of the Freeport of Riga, Ansis Zeltiņš. 

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Krievu Island territory local plan development was started

Development of a local plan for the territory of the Krievu Island terminal project, covering approximately 156 ha, was started. The reason for its development is the necessity to provide more detailed conditions for the use of the territory of the Krievu island and to improve the requirements for cargo storage, processing and handling, specified in the current spatial plan, harmonizing them with the best available industry methods set forth in the guidelines of the European Commission's Joint Research Center's “Emissions from storage”. The details and improvements will not change and will not affect the objectives of the use of the Krievu Island territory, which are currently defined in the Riga spatial planning.

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In the first half of 2017 a record volume of container cargo was transshipped via the port of Riga

The Freeport of Riga Authority has analyzed cargo turnover for the first 6 months of 2017. During the reporting period 17.5 million tons of various cargo, received and shipped from Riga to 43 countries of the world, were handled at the port of Riga. Compared to the first half-year of 2016, the volume of containerized cargo handled by the port has increased by 9.4% - this year 2.18 million tons (+ 13.8%) of containerized cargo have already been transshipped via the port of Riga or 208.100  TEU  (+ 14.0%), which is the highest result of the first half-year in the history of the port's existence. There is also a positive increase in regards of the bulk cargo turnover (+ 4.5%).

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Conference "TransBaltica 2017" participants get acquainted with the Port of Riga

Today, on 26 May 2017, the Freeport of Riga was visited by the international conference "TransBaltica 2017" participants in the framework of a study tour. The annual conference organized by the RMS Forum company, Latvian Transit Business Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Railways, Liepaja SEZ, Ventspils Freeport Authority and the Freeport of Riga Authority, this year took place for the 20th time. This year's the Special event of the conference was a seminar “Trade China-Europe through the Baltic countries: prospects for transit growth, repletion, containerization”. The seminar was led by Alexei Bezborodov, the Managing partner of the independent research agency “InfraNews” (Russia). During the seminar the possibilities of Russia as a transit country for China's container transportation to Europe by rail and the Baltic ports’ role within these routes were discussed. The Port of Riga was mentioned as one of the most promising connections for containerized cargo transit, taking into account the infrastructure, Latvian transit policy as well as already established and well-functioning cooperation on container cargo transit by rail.    

The Freeport of Riga Board unanimously approved Ansis Zeltins as the Freeport of Riga CEO

Today, on June 28, the Freeport of Riga Board unanimously approved an experienced professional in the transport and logistics sector Mr. Ansis Zeltins as the Freeport of Riga CEO. The Freeport of Riga CEO Candidate Selection and Assessment Commission in compliance with the open competition Regulations evaluated 24 applicants in several rounds, and finally presented Mr.Zeltins’ candidacy to the FPR Board for approval. In order for Mr.Zeltins to be in office, the approval of the Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis is still to be obtained.

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Work on the project design of an overpass over Sarkandaugava armlet from Tvaika street to Kundzinsala will be launched

The Freeport of Riga Authority (FPRA) has launched the project “An Overpass from Tvaika Street to Kundzinsala” implementation, which includes construction of the bridge over the Sarkandaugava armlet and the construction of the relevant access roads in Sarkandaugava and on Kundzinsala. Today, during the Freeport of Riga Board meeting the open tender “Overpass from Tvaika Street to Kundzinsala construction project design and supervision” results were approved, so in the near future the technical project development work will be started.

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The US Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia Nancy Bikoff Pettit visited the Port of Riga

Today, on the 21st of June, the US Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia Nancy Bikoff Pettit and the Embassy staff visited the port of Riga. The Ambassador met with the Freeport of Riga Authority (FPRA) Deputy CEO Martins Ziemanis and Heads of the FPRA structural units. The visitors were introduced to the Riga port performance indicators, its development strategy and new projects. The Ambassador was interested in the development plans of the Riga Port and emphasized the great potential of the Riga City and the Riga port in the cruise tourism area. The Ambassador also confirmed the readiness of the US Embassy to cooperate actively in developing this segment.

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The Freeport of Riga Authority was visited by the Chairman of the Senate of the Uzbekistan Parliament Nigmatilla Juldashev

Today, on May 17, in the framework of his official visit to Latvia, the Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament (or Olij Majlis) of the Republic of Uzbekistan Nigmatilla Juldashev, accompanied by the delegation, visited the Freeport of Riga. Uzbekistan Senate Chairman met with the Freeport of Riga Board Chairman Andris Ameriks, the Freeport acting CEO Aigars Pecaks and the FPRA Development Service Head Viesturs Silenieks. Uzbek guests were introduced to the Freeport of Riga operation, investment opportunities in the port and the port of Riga offers for transit of Uzbekistan goods to European markets.

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The Port of Riga has been visited by the largest cruise ship in its history

Yesterday, on June 6, the largest cruise ship ever entered the port of Riga and was moored at the pier of KS Terminal. The length of the ship “Celebrity Silhouette” built in 2011 is 315 meters, width – 36.9 meters and the maximum draught of it is 8.3 meters, while the maximum load capacity (GT) is 122 thousand tons. By the length and load capacity indicators “Celebrity Silhouette” holds the absolute record for the port of Riga not only among passenger ships, but also cargo vessels.  The vessel brought over 2700 cruise passengers to Riga, mainly from the US. During this year's cruise season another 4 "Celebrity Silhouette" visits at the port of Riga can be expected.

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Student competition winners’ idea - to introduce water-bound traffic from the cruise berths of the port of Riga to the city center

The Freeport of Riga Authority (RBP) highly evaluated the idea of the students of the Latvian Maritime Academy to introduce water transport traffic from the distant cruise berths of the port of Riga to the city center. This ambitious and promising   idea won the first prize at the FPRA Innovation Competition for students “The Port for the City”,

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The Project “Remediation of historically polluted Areas in Sarkandaugava territory”, funded by the Swiss government, has come to an end

Today, on June 1, the conference, organized by the State Environmental Service and the Freeport of Riga Authority, has been held as a closing event of the Latvian-Swiss Cooperation Program individual project “Remediation of historically polluted Areas in Sarkandaugava territory”. The results of the project were briefly summed up by the Freeport of Riga Authority Environmental Service Head Vilis Avotins: “Riga port can boast another improved area, which is more environment-, people- and business-friendly territory”.

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The Port of Køge Board members get acquainted with Riga port

Today, on 10th of May, the Freeport of Riga Authority was visited by the delegation of   the Port of Køge (Denmark). Køge Mayor Flemming Christensen, the Køge port CEO Thomas Elm Kampmann, the Køge port Harbor Master Susanne Thilqvist and the port Board members were introduced to the port of Riga and the Freeport of Riga Authority. The guests were welcomed by Riga City Council Executive Director Juris Radzevics and the Freeport of Riga Port Authority management. The representatives of the Port of Køge visited the port of Riga Vessel Traffic Service Center and met with the Harbour Master Arturs Brokovskis-Vaivods.

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