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A new ferry line Baltic Link has been launched at the port of Riga

On Monday, July 6, the ferry MIDAS of the new cargo transshipment line Baltic Link arrived for the first time at the port of Riga, namely at the ferry berth of SIA “Man-Tess Tranzīts”. This voyage is the start of regular cargo vehicle (Ro-ro) transportation between Riga and the port of Oxelosund in Sweden. From now on, the ferry will make three trips from Riga every week - on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The operator of the Baltic Link line is the Swedish shipping company Wagenborg Shipping Sweden AB, which is expanding its Ro-ro ferry line network in the Baltic Sea with the new Baltic Link line.

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Cruise ship companies are actively planning for 2021/2022, future prospects - new routes and special safety requirements

At present, all planned cruise ship arrivals in the port of Riga have been canceled until August. Experts predict that cruise ship routes in Europe and regional cruises could be the first in the industry to be resumed. One of the examples - the Tallink Groupp passenger ship “Silja Serenade “- will start operating today with the regular cruise line on the route Riga - Helsinki. The vessel will go to Finland from the port of Riga every other day until August 15. Sea cruises to Åland and the Saaremaa islands are also planned this summer.

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The Freeport of Riga is introducing digital technologies to speed-up cargo flow handling

Today, Minister of Transport Tālis Linkaits visited the Freeport of Riga to discuss the solutions of digitization of port processes and implementation of new technologies with all involved parties.

Continuing the digitization of the port processes, the Freeport of Riga Authority has started testing of a new pilot project, with the aim to digitize document circulation for road cargo transportation to the port terminals and to automate road transport services in the port territory. The project is being developed in cooperation with the Latvian Road Transport Directorate, the SRS Customs Authority, SIA “Rīgas Universālais termināls” and the largest energy bulk cargo exporter in the Baltic States.

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“Latitude Yachts” successfully continues the tradition of shipbuilding at the port of Riga

This week, the newly built hull of the fishing vessel ELLA was solemnly launched from the ship launching slipway of the “Latitude Yachts”, the company operating at the port of Riga. It is equipped with the main mechanisms of the ship - engines, a propeller and a rudder. In the coming weeks, the ship will be fitted with an aluminum body and a wheelhouse made at the “Latitude Yachts” production facilities. The assembly of the vessel's equipment will be completed in Ireland, and “ELLA” will start fishing in the Atlantic Ocean in about 6 months. The ship is built to order of the Danish company “VESTVÆRFTET”.

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Restoration of Daugavgriva shore reinforcement has been launched

In compliance with the order of the Freeport of Riga Authority repair works of the Dau-gavgriva shore reinforcement or the BKRR dam have been started. As it is known, due to the autumn storms and changes in the sea level, a part of the Daugavgriva shore rein-forcement structures was washed away at the beginning of the year.

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The Board of the Freeport of Riga reviews its budget and reduces expenses

At the end of April, the Freeport of Riga Board has revised the budget of the Freeport - reducing the planned expenditure and investment positions by one-fifth or approximately 10 million euros. It has been done due to the decline in the world economic activity as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the uncertainty about how quickly and at what intensity international freight and passenger transport will recover after downtime. Nevertheless, the Freeport of Riga continues to operate at full capacity, and the implementation of several investment projects important for the port and the city is not cancelled.

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Ansis Zeltins, the Freeport of Riga CEO: “The crisis has brought changes and highlighted new opportunities”

Container terminals operating at the port of Riga were among the first ones to face the effects of the global economic crisis caused by COVID-19 at the beginning of this year, when China was hit by coronavirus outbreak, as most container flows in the port of Riga, as elsewhere in Europe, are directly related to the said region’s cargo.

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The real-time system for port hydrodynamics, created in Latvia, is being tested in the port of Riga

Photo: Juris Sennikovs

Since April the open access forecasting system has been tested in the port of Riga. The said system provides real-time imaging of currents, waves and water levels, as well as monitors their changes in the port water area. Forecasting is possible due to invisible part of the system – specific software is responsible for non-stop data collection and mathematical modeling of hydrodynamic processes

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The emergency situation has not brought about any significant changes in cargo handling at the Port of Riga

Within two weeks since the state of emergency in Latvia has been declared and various restrictions due to COVID 19 spread have entered into force, all due services have been provided to 119 vessels, which have called the Port of Riga, with a total of 908,000 tons of various cargoes handled.

Cargo flows are transported both by sea and by road, i.e. by trucks and rail wagons - 20 300 road transport units and 6 300 railway wagon units have been used for reception and delivery of cargo at the Port of Riga since March 13.

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Tallink Grupp’s vessel Romantika to carry out special trip on the Riga – Stockholm route on 29-30 April 2020 to transport cargo and workers between the two capitals

Tallink Grupp has agreed to operate one special return trip with its vessel Romantika on the Riga-Stockholm route on 29-30 April 2020, at the request of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia and with the permission from the Latvian Ministry of Transport. The aim of the special trip, which will depart from Riga on the evening of 29 April and from Stockholm on the evening of 30 April, will be to provide a vital transport link for companies whose employees need to travel to Sweden for work, but who are currently unable to travel to Sweden by any other means of transport due to the ongoing travel restrictions. The special trip is also needed for transporting goods between the two Baltic sea countries.

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Tallink ferries might be temporarily exempted from port dues at the Port of Riga

Due to the restrictions imposed on international passenger traffic and with the aim to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19, the Tallink ferry traffic between Riga and Stockholm has also been suspended. Thinking about solutions to support the port company in crisis at this moment, the Freeport of Riga Authority will decide on the possibility of temporarily releasing the two Tallink Line ferries, which are currently in forced downtime at the Port of Riga, from port dues.

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Road cargo traffic flow is increasing in the port of Riga

In the first quarter of the current year the flow of cargo transported by road in the port of Riga has increased by 12% compared to the first quarter of the previous year. Within the 1st quarter of 2019 119,295 trucks were handled in the port, but in the 1st quarter of 2020 the number of trucks has increased by 15,700, reaching 134,985 cargo carrying trucks.

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In compliance with the highest security measures, 476 passengers, including 203 Latvian citizens, were transported by ferry from Germany to the Port of Riga

Photo: LETA/Edijs Palens

Approximately at 11 pm on Thursday evening, Tallink's ferry from Sassnitz, Germany, with 476 passengers on board, arrived at the Port of Riga. Many of the passengers have previously had problems returning to their home countries due to travel restrictions. 203 Latvian citizens have returned home by the said ferry.

The ferry was welcomed by the representatives of the Port Police, the State Police, the State Border Guard, the Customs, the State Emergency Medical Service and the Freeport of Riga Authority - all of them equipped with protective equipment.

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In the first quarter, the volume of grain products and various timber products, handled at the Port of Riga, increased significantly

In the first quarter of this year, 583.8 thousand tons of grain and grain products were shipped from the Freeport of Riga, which is by 65.1% more than in the first quarter of 2019, and this is the largest increase in turnover among all types of cargo transshipped at the port. Almost half (271.1 thousand tons) of the total volume was exported by the ter-minals of the Port of Riga in March - at a time, when the Covid-19 epidemic broke out all over the world, moreover, all this volume is wheat grown in Latvia.

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Cargo vessel traffic in the port of Riga has not been interrupted, strict security measures have been implemented

Since March 13, when the state of emergency was declared in Latvia, the Port of Riga has continued its operation and is currently providing all the services necessary for cargo transshipment. During last three days 30 ships arrived and were served at the port, handling a total of 230,000 tons of various types of cargo, including containers, timber, grain products and coal.

This morning, 13 cargo vessels have been handling cargo at the port, and another 10 vessels have notified the port about their next call.

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