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Studies for improvement of TEN-T ports' infrastructure

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On 21st March 2007 Commisssion of the European Communities made a desission and granted the Community financial aid for the project  "Studies for Improvement of TEN-T Ports’ Infrastructure " - 2006 – LV – 92301 – S. The financial aid of 1 150 000 EUR was awarded and it covered 50% of the project’s total costs.

The Freeport of Riga Authority was granted  financial aid of 520 000 EUR (50% of the project cost). The project implementation in the Freeport of Riga encompasses the following activities and subactivities, as stated in the funding Decision:

Activity 1. Studies and technical designs for RO – PAX terminal and reconstruction of breakwaters in the Freeport of Riga

1.1. Feasibility study and Technical Design for the RO - PAX and Cruise Ship Terminal in Riga Freeport

1.2. Study of reconstruction of the West and East breakwaters in Riga Freeport.

Feasibility Study and Technical design for RoPax and Cruise Terminal in Freeport of Riga.

The winning Tenderer of the Open Tender Procedure was the consortium  Inros Lackner AG, Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH and Olimps Ltd.. The Lead partnner of the Consortium is Inros Lackner Ltd. The contract with the company was signed on the 13th of March 2008, additional Agreement was concluded on 5th June 2009. The work scope of the contract implied:

1. Feasibility study for RO-PAX and cruise ship terminal in the Freeport of Riga, including review of regulatory enactments and strategic documents, current situation assessment and development and assessment of technical alternatives, including financial and economical analysis of every alternative.

2. Development of the technical project for RO-PAX and cruise ship terminal.

The current situation analysis transport network planning for the Terminal and draft Feasibility study was developed in timely manner and according to the timeframe set in the Contract.

The draft Feasibility Study as the best possible Alternative proposed development of the Cruise and Passenger Terminal in line with the traffic forecast valid for the economic situation at the first half of 2008.

The winning Tenderer of the Open Tender Procedure was the consortium  Inros Lackner AG, Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH and Olimps Ltd.. The Lead partnner of the Consortium is Inros Lackner Ltd. The contract with the company was signed on the 13th of March 2008, additional Agreement was concluded on 5th June 2009. The work scope of the contract implied:

1. Feasibility study for RO-PAX and cruise ship terminal in the Freeport of Riga, including review of regulatory enactments and strategic documents, current situation assessment and development and assessment of technical alternatives, including financial and economical analysis of every alternative.

2. Development of the technical project for RO-PAX and cruise ship terminal. The current situation analysis transport network planning for the Terminal and draft Feasibility study was developed in timely manner and according to the timeframe set in the Contract. The draft Feasibility Study as the best possible Alternative proposed development of the Cruise and Passenger Terminal in line with the traffic forecast valid for the economic situation at the first half of 2008.

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The best Alternative proposed to develop the RoPax and cruise ship terminal in Eksportosta (Pīļumuiža)

As the economic situation in Latvia at the end of 2008 and in 2009 changed dramatically, according to the Central Statistics Bureau the GDP fell 4.6% in 2008 and dropped by 18% in 2009. These changes have influenced the traffic forecast analysed in the Feasibility Study.  The agreement was made with the Consultants that additional alternatives based on pessimistic and base traffic forecast scenarios would be elaborated. As it required additional time, the Feasibility Study could not be accomplished in conformity with the activity plan elaborated at the beginning of Action.

On January 17, 2008 with the Constitutional Court resolution the Riga Territory Planning part that was related to the Freeport of Riga, was repealed. Up to 28.08.2009 the territory planning was in compliance with the Riga Development Plan 1995- 2005.

A new territory plan had to be elaborated, public hearing organized and approved by the Riga City Council. Before the approval of the new territory plan the Freeport of Riga Authority could not obtain permission for any new development project if it was not in compliance with Riga Development Plan 1995 – 2005. The document did not foresee development of a new RoPax and cruise terminal in the Freeport of Riga. Therefore the Feasibility Study could not be completed and the best Alternative approved by the Freeport of Riga Board before the adoption of new Riga City Territory Plan. The Territory Plan was adopted by Riga City Council on the 18th August 2009 and is in legal force since 28th August 2009.

Taking into account the above mentioned, a Additional Agreement was signed on June 5th, 2009, which rescheduled the tasks and defined new deadlines and changed the payment schedule. The project implementation was deleyed by 9 months.

The Feasibility Study and best alternatives were adopted by the Freeport of Riga Board on 1st October 2009.

On 6th October 2009 the Ministry of Transport submitted Modification proposal for European Commission asking to extend the implementation period up to 31. 12. 2011. The extention was not granted because it was not in line to EC policy to grant extention to 12 months maximum.

The best selected alternative foresees the development of RoPax and cruise ship terminal in two lacations – RoPax terminal in Eksportosta (Pīļumuiža) and cruise terminal in Ķīpsala.

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The location selected for the cruise ship terminal in Ķīpsala requires full environment impact assessment procedure and detailed planning. Those procedures would take approximately 12 months and the technical design procedure would require 15 months. Those activities cannot be implemented in the timeframe of the project therefore the activity was terminated and concluded with elabaorated Feasibility Study.

 

Study of reconstruction of the West and East breakwaters in Freeport of Riga.

 

The winning Tenderer of the Open Tender Procedure was the Partnership of VSIA "Vides Projekti" and SIA "Jūras Projekts". the Contract with the Partnership was signed on the 14th of August 2007. The framework of the contract implied:

1) research for the design of West and East breakwaters;

2) technical design for the breakwaters.

The activity was implemented strictly according to the Terms of Reference and and according to the time schedule defined in the Contract.

The technical design for the West breakwater was accomplished and approved by the Construction Board of Riga City on 30th December 2008.

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The technical design of the East breakwater was accoplished and approved by Construction Board of Riga City on 12th January 2009.

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Both technical designs are in the possession of Shipping Department of the Freeport of Riga.