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Exercise on Eliminating the Consequences of an Accident Involving a Chemical Substance Is Taking Place at the Freeport of Riga

In order to check the ability to respond to emergency situations, improve cooperation of response teams in containing and eliminating the consequences of an accident as well as test new methods and technologies in containing and eliminating chemical pollution, the annual exercise EKO 2017 is taking place today within the administrative territory of the Freeport of Riga, in Kundziņsala, within the territory of Baltic Container Terminal Ltd. The exercise included the simulation of the spill of a chemical substance with a high hazard level on land area and in the Daugava River involving victims, which occurred as a result of a container ship accident.

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Strengthening Cooperation between the Port of Riga and India

In early November, Ansis Zeltinš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga, together with representatives of the sector, went on an official visit to India within the framework of the delegation headed by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in order to participate in a range of events related to the strengthening of business and international relations. At a transport and logistics conference in Mumbai, representatives presented the logistics sector of Latvia and its advantages in Eurasian transit corridors, as well as familiarised Indian entrepreneurs with the opportunities of using the Latvian transit corridor for delivering cargo to Northern Europe. During the visit to Mumbai, the Latvian delegation visited the largest container cargo terminal in India, JNPT, and became acquainted with its operations. This terminal currently handles 4.7 million containers per year and mainly specialises in the processing of cargo intended for the domestic market of India and the handling of Indian cargo.

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The International Transport and Logistics Exhibition

The International Transport and Logistics Exhibition “TransKazakhstan / TransLogistica 2017” is taking place in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, on November 1–3. The Port of Riga is represented by the Freeport of Riga Authority and Riga Container Terminal Ltd. This exhibition is the main transport and logistics sector event in Central Asia, gathering the leading professionals of the sector from Kazakhstan, CIS countries and China, as well as European countries, who attribute importance to creation of Eurasian logistics chains. The Port of Riga is participating in the exhibition as a part of the national stand of Latvia together with Latvijas dzelzceļš group, Freeport of Ventspils, Liepāja SEA and other industry companies.

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LDz Loģistika Ltd. and the Freeport of Riga Present the Advantages of the Latvian Transit Corridor in India

Verners Lūsis, Chairperson of the Board of the Latvijas dzelzceļš SJSC subsidiary — LDz Loģistika Ltd., and Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga, went on a visit to India this week within the framework of the delegation headed by Māris Kučinskis, Prime Minister, to participate in a range of activities related to strengthening of business and international relations. Including tomorrow, November 4, managers of the companies will participate in a transport and logistics conference in Mumbai, where they will present Latvia’s advantages in international transit corridors.

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Participants of the 16+1 Format Transport Conference Introduced to Investment Opportunities at the Port of Riga

Mārtiņš Ziemanis, Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga, participated in the meeting and business conference of transport ministers from China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (16+1 format) The 16+1 format activities took place on October 25–26 in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, with an aim to facilitate cooperation between countries involved in the field of transport and logistics.

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Yacht Port Infrastructure Development Project “EST-LAT Harbours” Launched

The event devoted to the launch of the project “Improvement of Sailing Infrastructure and Building a Yacht Harbour Network in Estonia and Latvia (EST-LAT Harbours)” of the ERDF Interreg programme took place yesterday, October 17, at the Freeport of Riga Authority. Project partners from Latvia and Estonia, i.e. yachtsmen, representatives of responsible ministries and representatives of the tourism industry, were informed about project goals and anticipated results. The project “EST-LAT Harbours” is aimed at creating a single network of yacht harbours in Latvia and Estonia with high-quality services, which would allow developing sailing tourism and attracting foreign yachtsmen from Scandinavia and other countries. Within the framework of the project, it is planned to implement activities in two areas, namely, infrastructure of yacht harbours and development of services, as well as popularising of Latvia and Estonia as sailing destinations.

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Representatives of the Largest South Korean Mass Media Outlets Visited the Port of Riga

Today, on 27 September, representatives of the largest and most respectable mass media outlets in South Korea visited the Freeport of Riga. Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, and Edgars Sūna, Marketing Director of the Freeport of Riga Authority, showed the Freeport of Riga to the guests, familiarised them with the operation of the port, advantages in the area of cargo handling and investment possibilities. The media representatives were informed about the activities of the Freeport of Riga with regard to the New Silk Road and creation of a cargo corridor to the Far East.

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Port of Riga Welcomes Another Container Train from China

Yesterday, October 16, the port of Riga welcomed the first container train along the route “Ürümqi–Altynkol–Riga–Rotterdam”.

The train of 41 freight cars covered the 6,000 km-long path from the border of China and Kazakhstan to Riga in one week.

This route runs from Ürümqi City in China via the Altynkol/Dostyk border point in Kazakhstan and further on via Russia and Latvia to the Port of Riga. The freight will be further delivered by sea from Riga to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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The Freeport of Riga Authority Will Publish Information on Environmental Situation in the Port on Its Website

Yesterday, on 26 September Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, met with Kaspars Gerhards, Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development to discuss environmental issues in the port. During their meeting officials agreed on the necessity to strengthen communication with residents, as well as to cooperate with environmental authorities in a faster and closer manner.

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New Members of the Board of Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd. Approved

The Freeport of Riga Authority, as the only shareholder of Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd. (hereinafter — the Company), has approved new Members of the Board: Rolands Klincis has been appointed as a Member of the Board for development matters and Irina Feļdmane has been appointed as a Member of the Board for finance management matters.

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Closer Cooperation in Controlling Air Pollution and Bad Odours

Today, Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, met with representatives of the State Environmental Service (hereinafter referred to as “SES”) and the Port Police, as well as the management of the PARS TERMINAL company in order to discuss yesterday’s case of the bad odour in Vecmīlgrāvis and decide on further actions.

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The Port of Riga Participates in Events at the Belarusian Transport Week in Minsk

The capital of Belarus, Minsk hosts the Belarusian Transport Week, the events of which the port of Riga is represented by its CEO Ansis Zeltiņš, employees of the Freeport of Riga Authority and the port company Riga Container Terminal Ltd. Within the framework of Transport Week, the 11th international exhibition “Transport & Logistics”, in which the port of Riga participates in the joint stand of the transport sector of Latvia together with Latvijas dzelzceļš SJSC, LDz Cargo Ltd., LDz Loģistika Ltd., the Freeport of Ventspils and Liepāja SEA. This year, supplementing the supply of the Latvian transport corridor and demonstrating the cooperation potential in aviation, Riga International Airport SJSC participated in the exhibition.

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Management of the Freeport of Riga Becomes Acquainted with the Work on the Construction of the Second Stage of the Riga Bulk Terminal

Today, Andris Ameriks, Chairperson of the Board of the Freeport of Riga, and Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, visited Riga Bulk Terminal Ltd. in Kundziņsala to meet with its management and become acquainted with the progress on construction of the second stage of the terminal. The company has made significant investments in the creation of a multi-functional and technologically intensive bulk cargo handling terminal, which is currently considered to be the most modern terminal in the Baltic States.

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Freeport of Riga strengthens cooperation with China

On 27 September, within the framework of the International Logistics Exhibition “Silk Road International Logistics Expo” in Lianyungang, China, a Memorandum on Strategic Cooperation was signed between the Freeport of Riga Authority and the Port of Lianyungang, with the goal to promote the development of multi-modal transport services and solutions in the Eurasian land transport corridor.

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The port of Riga was visited by the CEEC-China Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation of the 16+1 format delegation

Yesterday, September 12th, the port of Riga was visited by the CEEC-China Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation of the 16+1 format (“16+1”) delegation of responsible contact persons. Representatives of member countries were familiarised with the activities of the Freeport of Riga, its infrastructure possibilities, offered services and development plans. Guests visited the Freeport of Riga Authority Vessel Traffic Service Centre to became acquainted with its activities and modern technology for vessel traffic management and port operations.

The visit of the 16+1 Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation delegation to the port of Riga was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport of Latvia, the institution coordinating the field of logistics. The delegation will visit the ports of Ventspils and Liepāja as well. By organising visits of the 16+1 Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation delegation to Latvian ports, the opportunities offered by the 16+1 format are used to a greater extent, as well as implementing one of the goals of the Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation: popularisation of opportunities in the Latvian transport and logistics sector in all 16+1 countries and development of new cooperation projects among member countries.