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Port of Riga positioned as an attractive destination for world's major cruise companies

Last week, from 19-20 September in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, the Freeport of Riga Authority together with Rīgas pasažieru termināls SIA, participated in a summit organized by CLIA, the world's largest cruise industry association, attended by the world's largest cruise line operators.

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Substantial progress in the construction of additional infrastructure and coal handling technologies in Krievu Island

The greatest project in the history of the Freeport of Riga — the Krievu Island Terminal — is entering into its final phase with the additional infrastructure works and construction of the required utilities, cargo areas, rail approach roads, a windbreak fence to meet environmental protection requirements, administrative buildings, and installation of coal handling technologies. The course of work creates confidence that all construction works on Krievu Island will be completed within the planned deadlines.

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Active cooperation has begun between the Freeport of Riga Authority and partners from China

In terms of diversification of cargo and points of origin, cooperation between the Freeport of Riga Authority and partners from China is becoming increasingly active. The Chinese cargo market, potential transportation routes through the Port of Riga and attracting Chinese investment have been the focus of the Freeport of Riga Authority for a long time. Cooperation has now become even more active and partners from China are showing a strong interest in the Port of Riga.  

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Record number of ships register at Freeport of Riga in August

In August, the Freeport of Riga saw the largest number of ships serviced per month since 2014, namely, 340 merchants ships. 

During the first eight months of this year 2,456 ships have been serviced, 144  more than in the previous year. The largest increase (+24%) this year was recorded for bulk carriers that leave the Port with timber material, peat, various cargoes of metal and agricultural products. The number of container ships has grown by 13 % as well.

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The goal of the Freeport of Riga - million containers per year

A year has passed since Ansis Zeltiņš assumed the office of CEO of the Freeport of Riga last August. Future development plans and the future course of the Port of Riga are the topics of the interview with the CEO in the season's opening programme Transport Today, Tomorrow.

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An impressive wind fence to prevent coal dust pollution is under construction on Krievu Island

Taking care to observe environmental protection requirements and protect the quality of life of those living in the urban areas adjacent to Krievu Island, the construction of a windbreak fence is in full swing on the periphery of the Krievu Island territory. The wind fence will be 23 meters high, ant its total length will be more than 2 kilometers. As it takes prevailing wind directions into account, the main task of the wind fence will be to prevent the spread of coal dust in the surrounding environment.

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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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The cruise ship Azamara Journey moored at the Port of Riga for the first time

On 26 August, the cruise ship Azamara Journey moored at the Port of Riga for the first time. Its owner and operator is Azamara Club Cruises, a part of the world's second largest cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises based in Miami, USA.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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