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The public discussion regarding Daugavgriva minute plan will be held

On 15th July at 16:00 in the premises of the Freeport of Riga Authority the public discussion regarding the 2nd edition of Daugavgriva minute plan will be held. Starting with 26th May and until 8th June it will be possible to examine the minute plan materials in the premises of the Freeport of Riga Authority (12 O.Kalpaka Blvd.) Within the time period given above also public propositions can be submitted. The 2nd edition project of Daugavgriva minute plan was worked out by "Uģis Šēnbergs, arhitekts" Ltd.

The Freeport of Riga purchases six water refinement vessels

Today the Board of the Freeport of Riga has agreed to "Hanza Bunkering" Ltd. proposal to purchase six water refinement vessels. Although the water refinement vessels are old, they will be operational for about 10 more years, according to assessment of specialists. It is planned that new refinement vessels will be bought for future needs of the Freeport.

The cargo turnover of the Freeport of Riga during four months period has risen by 12%

During four months period of the current year 6 435 700 tons of cargo were handled in the Freeport of Riga, which is by 12% more than during the first four months of 2002. 2 580 600 tons of bulk cargoes, 1 717 000 tons of liquid cargoes and 2 138 100 tons of general cargoes were handled during the first four months of the current year. In April 1 729 100 tons were handled in the Freeport of Riga.

New industrial park "VEGA" has been created in the Freeport of Riga

Within the territory of the Freeport of Riga, on 22 Ezera Street, a newly formed industrial park "VEGA" has started its operations. "VEGA" has associated several already actively working companies, and currently is working on several remarkable projects.

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The children from Riga schools will paint the concrete fence of the Freeport of Riga along Eksporta Street

On 25th April 2003 the children from Riga schools will paint the concrete fence of the length of 1160 meters in the Freeport of Riga territory along Eksporta Street. The Riga City Council has granted 885 LVL from the City development fund in order to organise this activity. The concrete fence consists of 290 blocks. It is planned that the children from Riga city and region schools will carry out the decorative monumental painting on 25th April 2003 starting at 10:00 until 14:00. The paintings will be dedicated to marine subject – port development during centuries, symbolism of port operators, ships, yachts, as well as sea and River Daugava underwater scenes. Actualising of the project will grant to the visually unattractive image of the concrete wall an informative and colourful activity and currently expressionless city environment will obtain new meaning.

Since the beginning of the current year 28 826 passengers were served at the Freeport of Riga

During January and February 28 826 passengers were served at the Freeport of Riga, the largest part of which - 23 165 - arrived in Riga on cruise ships.

The Freeport of Riga will purchase waste treatment facilities from "Eko osta"

Today the Board of the Freeport of Riga decided to purchase vessels’s ballast water treatment facilities from "Eko osta" Ltd. The waste treatment facilities will not be purchased for the initially requested sum of 1 million lats. The parties have agreed that the aids necessary for improvement of the facilities will be subtracted of the initially requested sum.

The cargo turnover of the Freeport of Riga has risen by 30,1%

During the first two months of the current year the cargo turnover of the Freeport of Riga has increased by 30,1% comparing to January and February 2002. The sharpest raise reached bulk cargoes, in total constituting 1 265 100 tons or by 46,7% more than during respective period of 2002, when 862 300 tons of bulk cargoes were handled. The amount of handled general cargoes during the first two months of 2003 reached 1 018 200 tons, which is by 24,4% more than during corresponding period of the last year, when 818 400 tons of general cargoes were handled. The handled amount of liquid cargoes during January and February reached 920 100 tons, which is by 17,7% more than a year ago, when 781 700 tons of liquid cargoes were handled.

Allowing port dues’ rebates to "Latlines" Ltd. ferry traffic in line Riga – Kiel

Today the Board of the Freeport of Riga supported request of "Latlines" Ltd. referring assignment of port dues’ rebates to ferry line Riga – Kiel. Further on the ferry traffic Riga – Kiel will have 95% port dues’ rebate applied in the Freeport of Riga. Simultaneously in order to foster passenger traffic growth in the Freeport 95% port dues’s rebates will be applied also to "Birka Cruises" cruise ship "Birka Princess".

The cargo turnover during 2002 in the Freeport of Riga has increased by 21,7% compared to 2001

Total cargo turnover during 2002 in the Freeport of Riga reached 18,1 mln tons, which is by 21,7% more than during 2001. The Freeport of Riga has reached the highest cargo turnover during existence of the Riga Port. If compared to indicators of 2001, the liquid bulk cargoes handled in the Freeport are showing the sharpest increase. Last year 5,3 mln tons of liquid bulk cargoes are handled, which is by 46,8% more than during 2001.

The Freeport of Riga cargo turnover has risen by 18,6%

During eleven months of the current year 16 198 900 tons of cargo were handled in the Freeport of Riga, which is by 18,6% more that during the same period of the last year, when the Freeport handled 13 662 800 tons. Currently the Freeport has handled 5 858 800 tons of dry bulk cargoes, which is by 28% more than last year. Including 1 532 700 tons of bulk chemicals that is by 14% more than last year.

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Work group from Riga is visiting Moscow in order to discuss transit possibilities and investments in the Freeport of Riga

Today the work group from Riga is going to Moscow. The work group is established in accordance with mutual cooperation agreement between Riga and Moscow. During the visit it is planned to discuss the issues regarding transit, cargo transhipments and possibilities for Russian entrepreneurs to make investments in the Freeport of Riga. The leader of the work group is Mr. Andris Ameriks, Chairman of City development committee of the Riga City Council. Meetings with officials of high rank and ministers of our neighbouring country are planned during the visit. Mr. Leonids Loginovs, CEO of the Freeport of Riga and Mr. Andris Zorgevics, President of State Sh/C "Latvijas Dzelzcels" (Latvian Railway) and several representatives of the Freeport are also included in the delegation of Riga.

Significantly increased the handled amount of coal in the Freeport of Riga

During the last six month significantly increased the incoming and outgoing amounts of coal in the Freeport of Riga. Due to the increasing amounts the Board of the Freeport has decided to permit channel dredging in the Pilmuiza aquatory, thus allowing loading coal into vessels with larger deadweight. During last few months the handled amount of coal was sharply raising also in other Baltic Sea ports. It is due to the fact that Europe has started to gradually abdicate from nuclear energy. Currently the largest coal importers are Great Britain, Germany and Holland.

Mr. Gundars Bojars has been elected for the post of President of Latvian Large Ports Association

Today by rotation principle Mr. Gundars Bojars has been elected for the post of President of Latvian Large Ports Association.

Leasing a plot in the Freeport of Riga for the construction of a new oil terminal

The Board of the Freeport decided to lease a plot to company "Naftas serviss" for building of a new oil terminal. The agreement with the "Naftas serviss" determines to lease approximately 290 000 sq.m of land for 30 years period. Currently in the territory being leased for the construction no commercial activities are being carried out and the largest part of the plot covers swamp. The land lease agreement determines that until 31st December 2002 "Naftas serviss" will work out terminal sketch project, which will be subjected to approval of the Freeport Board. From the Freeport of Riga point of view the terminal capacity will not be the determinant factor for the project advantage, because building of a new terminal in a territory, which currently is not being used and thus is not making any profits, will be utilised and improved.