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Europe’s largest and most important cruise tourism exhibition

On the 6th to 8th of September, Europe’s largest and most important cruise tourism exhibition and conference “Seatrade Europe 2017” took place in the German city of Hamburg, gathering cruise port cities of the world, shipping companies and services providers working in the cruise industry, i.e. excursion and tour operators, as well as service industry companies from 40 countries around the world.

At the Cruise Europe cruise association stand , advertising Riga as an attractive destination for cruise ships in the Baltic Sea Region and telling about tourist services in Riga and port infrastructure possibilities for accepting cruise ships, along with the Riga Tourism Development Bureau and the Riga Passenger Terminal, Riga was also represented by Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, and Edgars Sūna, Director of the Marketing Department of the Freeport of Riga Authority.

During the exhibition, several meetings with cruise lines took place at the City of Riga and the Freeport stand regarding visits of ships planned in 2018-2019.

Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH., the organiser of the exhibition and conference, emphasised the following at the opening: “Holiday cruises are currently a prospering industry in the world and a market of opportunities; and with the number of passengers increasing, the market is stably growing!” We have observed it at the port of Riga as well; compared to 2016, the number of cruise ship passengers in the capital has increased by 33.6 percent.

“Seatrade Europe” traditionally takes place in Hamburg once every two years.

On 7 September, the port of Riga solemnly welcomed the first entry of the cruise ship "Thomson Celebration"

On 7 September, the port of Riga solemnly welcomed the first entry of the cruise ship “Thomson Celebration”. As usual when welcoming the first visit of a ship to the port, the ship captain Nikolaos Chalaris and representatives of the Freeport of Riga Authority exchanged emblems of the ship and the port. “Thomson Celebration” is a Thomson Cruises ship, which brought 1,209 tourists to Riga during its Baltic cruise.

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Activity Priorities of Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd. Have Been Outlined

In continuing the introduction of good governance principles at the Freeport of Riga, the Board of the Freeport of Riga has approved the Medium-term Action Strategy of the subsidiary company of the Freeport of Riga Authority, Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd., for 2017-2022 at today’s meeting on September sixth. The goal of the strategy is to ensure the effective use of Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd. resources and to define the company’s position in the market, goals to be achieved and performance indicators. The strategy envisages increasing the company’s market share, turnover and profit over the next five years.

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Management of Senalia, France’s largest cereal products exporter, visit Rīga Port

Board members and management representatives from the French company Senalia visited the Freeport of Rīga on August 29. Senalia, a cereal products logistics company, operates from the Rouen Port and exports more than 60 percent of the entire French cereal production. The aim of the visit was to get acquainted with the cereal products market and logistics in the Baltic Sea region: export and import volumes, flows of cereal product cargoes, transhipment volumes and capacities at ports, and the future development prospects of the market.

At the Freeport of Rīga Authority, representatives of Senalia met with Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO, and Edgars Sūna, Marketing Director. The guests were interested in various aspects of the operation of the Rīga Port: land lease terms, distribution of functions between the Authority and the Port’s companies, new projects at the Port and their financing conditions. The range of interests of the French company also included the economic and political relations among the Baltic Sea region countries a well as with Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia countries. After the meeting at the Freeport of Rīga Authority, the guests visited the specialised cereal products loading terminal at the Rīga Port, the company Rīgas ostas elevators.

Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, meets the Commander of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS

On August 25, the US Navy destroyer USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95) arrived at the Port of Riga. The ships visit at the Port of Riga serves as a testimony to the cooperation between the USA and Latvia, ensuring stability, security and prosperity not only in the Baltic Sea Region, but throughout the whole Europe.  In relation to the arrival of the US Navy destroyer at the Port of Riga, its Commander Allen Siegrist, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Latvia Paul Poletes and Attaché of the U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel Alexandra K. Nielsen visited the Freeport of Riga Authority in an official meeting with Ansis Zeltins (Ansis Zeltiņš), CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority.

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At the Port Festival historic sailing ships will enter the Daugava River; the ships will also offer trips

This weekend within the Port Festival, Baltic Sail Riga 2017, a festival of historic sailing ships will take place; it will take visitors to the times of the Duke Jēkabs, a visit to Vikings and exploring historic fishing ships. The bold sailing ships will go an a review, take part in a battle and will welcome aboard anyone who loves the sea, water and ships. Families with children will be warmly welcomed aboard the historic sailing ships.

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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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During the Port Festival Rigans will be invited to reach the new cargo turnover record for the Port of Riga.

Every day around 95,000 tons of cargo are transhipped at the port of Riga. This weekend, every visitor of the Port of Riga will be able to participate in the transhipment of cargo at the Freeport of Riga, thus inviting everyone to achieve together a new record for the volume of cargo ever transhipped in Riga. As is known, the Port of Riga is the largest port of Latvia and the second largest port in the Baltics, which tranships an average of 38 million tons of cargo per year.

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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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The Port Festival promises surprises and fun on the ground as well as in the water

Already from 18 to 20 August the magnificent and diverse activities of Riga City Festival 2017 will fill the capital, promising Riga inhabitants and city guests an exciting three-day program. This year, many surprise, attractive and family-friendly activities, as well as opportunities to receive valuable prizes, are also promised at the Port Festival, to which everyone is kindly invited by the Freeport of Riga Authority.

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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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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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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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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 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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