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Environmental Risk Management

Environmental risk management is organised in the Freeport of Riga in accordance with requirements set forth in the three most crucial Cabinet Regulations:

  • Cabinet Regulation No. 131 of 5 March 2016 “Industrial Accident Risk Assessment Procedures and Risk Reduction Measures”
  • Cabinet Regulation No. 82 of 5 February 2008 “Standard Requirements for Preparing an Action Plan for Unforeseen Pollution Cases in Ports, Piers, Pier Groups and Oil or Chemicals Terminals”
  • Cabinet Regulation No. 1060 of 15 September 2009 “Regulations Regarding the Handling and Control of Dangerous and Polluting Cargoes in Ports”

Objects of Industrial Accident Risk

There are 4 companies located in the territory of the Freeport of Riga, which have developed the Industrial Accident Prevention Programme (IAPP) in accordance with requirements set forth in Paragraph 15 of Cabinet Regulation No. 131 “Industrial Accident Risk Assessment Procedures and Risk Reduction Measures”, and 8 companies, which have developed the Safety Report (SR) in accordance with Paragraph 16 of the said Cabinet Regulation. The list of sites is available on the website of the State Environmental Supervision Bureau.

http://www.vpvb.gov.lv/lv/avariju-risks/objektu-saraksts

The IAPP and SR are examined by the risk assessment commission established by the State Environmental Supervision Bureau, which consists of representatives from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, the Ministry of Economics, the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry of Healthcare, and the Ministry of the Interior or institutions subordinate thereto, as well as representatives of the Riga City Council.

Regular complex inspections of the sites are carried out by the inspection commission established by the State Environmental Service.

Management of Unforeseen Pollution Cases

In accordance with requirements set forth in Cabinet Regulation No. 82 “Standard Requirements for Preparing an Action Plan for Unforeseen Pollution Cases in Ports, Piers, Pier Groups and Oil or Chemicals Terminals”, the Action Plan in Case of Unforeseen Pollution in the Freeport of Riga was approved on 10 December 2015.

The plan describes aquatorium pollution threats from the piers, where activities are carried out with chemical substances, oil-processing products and mixtures (liquid cargo). The plan lays down the procedures for reporting the situation of a pollution case, assessing pollution, controlling the situation and ensuring fast management, as well as determines the order of measures for liquidating aquatorium pollution in case of unforeseen pollution leakage. Based on the situation analysis, the plan sets priorities and a certain order according to which measures must be taken to liquidate pollution.

The plan is an internal regulatory document and all the parties involved in its implementation are familiarised therewith.

Management of Handling of Dangerous and Polluting Cargoes

The handling of dangerous and polluting cargoes in the Freeport of Riga is monitored on three levels. It is ensured, within their competence, by the Maritime Administration of Latvia, the Port Police of the Freeport of Riga Authority and a merchant involved in the handling of dangerous and polluting cargoes.

Cabinet Regulation No. 1060 “Regulations Regarding the Handling and Control of Dangerous and Polluting Cargoes in Ports” set forth requirements for activities with dangerous and polluting cargoes in the port, as well as their supervision procedures. This Cabinet Regulation stipulates that a port inspector shall inspect the handling of dangerous and polluting cargoes in the territory of port merchants at least once in every four months. During inspections, the level of radioactivity and air pollution indicators are controlled, and potential environmental risks are identified. In cases when a violation is established, a port inspector, concurrently informing the State Environmental Service, has the right to suspend the cargo operation until the elimination of deficiencies. Liability for violations in the performance of particular operations shall be undertaken by companies themselves and the decision on the application of a fine or restricting measures is adopted by the State Environmental Service.

Terminals of dangerous and polluting cargoes can be found in the map