FPRA urges non-governmental organizations and state institutions to find long-term solutions for air quality improvement
- Published on Monday, 20 May 2013 13:36
Taking into consideration that the Freeport of Riga Authority operates in compliance with the environmental policy approved within the framework of the environment management system, the aim of which is to ensure that the Port of Riga becomes one of the environmentally-friendliest ports in the North-Eastern region of the Baltic Sea, the FPRA Environment and Development Department’s Environment Unit (the Port Environment Service), in cooperation with non-governmental organizations (societies) that are particularly interested in air quality improvement, has informed the societies on the main courses of action to decrease the air pollution caused by companies operating in the port.
- Published on Monday, 20 May 2013 13:31
The statistics for the first four months of 2013 show that Riga Freeport has handled 11.11 million tons of cargo, which is 11.3 % less than the corresponding period last year. It has to be noted that the record volume of cargo in Riga port’s history was reloaded in January last year, a trend that continued throughout the year, so this year’s cargo turnover is evaluated as successful in comparison with the results of previous years. To date, April has been the most successful month of the year in terms of the total amount of reloaded cargo and in the segments of general and liquid bulk. The analysis of the increasing figures for each month show that cargo turnover is gradually stabilising and reaching the successful results of last year.
- Published on Friday, 19 April 2013 16:47
On April 3, the Freeport of Riga terminals at Sarkandaugava were visited by a group of students from Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Switzerland) with the aim to see Sarkandaugava historically polluted sites. Since 2009 the Freeport of Riga Authority in cooperation with the State Environment Service has participated in the project “Treatment of Historically Polluted Areas in Sarkandaugava territory”, that was implemented on the territories of such companies as “Eko Osta” Ltd, “Woodison terminal”Ltd, “OVI” Ltd. “VL Bunkering”Ltd and “OVI Riga” Ltd. Implementation of the project is possible due to funding provided in the framework of the Swiss-Latvian cooperation program. Swiss students listened to the State Environmental Service representative’s presentation of the project and its implementation. A representative of Intergeo company demonstrated groundwater monitoring wells as well as showed how to determine the actual oil product floating layer thickness taking samples on site. Students were surprised by sampling results - thickness of oil product layer in each sample reached from 30 up to 50 cm. Future environmental engineers from Lausanne received feedback in regards of the project's impact on the River Daugava and Milgravis water environment and project implementation practicalities.
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