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Declaration of Cooperation Signed with the Port of Shenzhen

On 23 September 2020, the Freeport of Riga Authority remotely took part in signing of the Shenzhen Declaration as a part of the World Port Strategy Forum.

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Repair works of Daugavgriva shore reinforcement have been completed

By reinforcing the almost 200-meter-long section of the storm-washed Daugavgriva shoreline with piles of boulders and granite stones, the repair works of the Daugavgriva shore reinforcement dam have been completed.

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Continuing the modernization of cargo handling infrastructure, a new container crane is opened at the port of Riga

Yesterday, on August 25, in a solemn ceremony, unloading the first containers from the COSCO container line ship, a new container crane, which will further complement the most modern container handling logistics system in the Baltics and facilitate faster container handling, was opened at the Baltic port company Baltic Container Terminal (BCT).

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Latvia's new grain harvest is sailing from the port of Riga to Saudi Arabia

Today, one of the largest Panamax-type grain carrying bulkers serviced in Latvian ports is leaving for Saudi Arabia from the Riga Port’s grain terminal Alpha Osta. The vessel MARIA, which is 225 meters long and 32.3 meters wide, will deliver 71 thousand tons of the new grain harvest of Latvia. Such a quantity of grain can be transported to the port either by 3550 trucks or by 1180 railway wagons.  

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The new transport connection with Kundziņsala will reduce congestion and boost the port's competitiveness

At the end of July, the Riga City Construction Board issued a building permit for the start of design and construction works for the Riga port infrastructure development project “Traffic overpass from Tvaika Street to Kundziņsala”. 

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Cargo movement in the port of Riga is strictly regulated and supervised

With the aim to ensure preventive supervision and control of the risks related to the hazardous and polluting cargo handling, the companies of the Port of Riga must comply with a number of security requirements and regulations adopted by the international organizations and the responsible services of the Republic of Latvia. 

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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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An annual survey of the waterfowl population in the Port of Riga

The annual bird population survey and counting were completed in the Port of Riga. The said survey has been carried out by the Freeport of Riga Authority within the framework of waterfowl nesting monitoring with the aim to assess and analyze changes in bird nesting, as well as to control the impact of port activities on waterfowl nesting habitats. Due to the regular reed cutting carried out by the Freeport of Riga Authority, after a long break the black-headed gulls have started nesting in the Krēmeri Nature Reserve again - about 100 pairs of the waterfowl have been detected there. Pursuant to the outcome of the current year's survey, it was established that no significant changes in habitats which might be referred to port operation have been observed.

 

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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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New opportunities of timber export to Iceland from the port of Riga

Riga port company SIA “Jaunzeltiņi” has started transportation of timber to Iceland. In June of the current year 1 700 cubic meters of sawn timber produced in Latvia and Belarus were loaded on the vessel SILVER STAR to be delivered to the port of Neskaupstadur, Iceland. Iceland is traditionally one of the target markets of Latvian sawn timber producers, where timber is mainly used for packaging of fishery products. With the start of regular transportation from the Freeport of Riga, Latvian sawn timber producers and traders can benefit from a new, efficient logistics route, facilitating access to an important export market.

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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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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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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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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 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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