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Registration for Baltic Ports Conference 2020 is open

The Freeport of Riga Authority is delighted to host the second edition of the Ports 4.0 conference in Riga, Latvia, on 3-4 March, 2020.

The Baltic Ports Conference is organised by Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) and continue to be one of most important annual events for Baltic Sea ports. Currently the organization is comprised of 47 members representing the most significant ports and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region. The goal of the BPO is to contribute to economic, social and environmentally sustainable development of maritime transport and the port industry in the Baltic Sea region, thereby strengthening its global competitiveness.

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In 2019, cruise ships brought tourists from 121 countries to Riga

Though the Freeport of Riga is known as an important cargo handling and logistics hub, during the last decade, it has managed to significantly increase the number of passengers served at the port. Since 2010, this number has grown by almost a quarter.

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2019 at the Port of Riga

In 2019, several important developments took place at the Port of Riga. Along the launch of state-of-the-art terminals in Krievu sala in the spring of this year, intensive handling of coal in the centre of Riga, dust and piles of black coal in Andrejsala became a part of the history. By completing large infrastructure facilities, operators of the Port of Riga significantly improved their competitiveness, and the competitiveness of the port. Furthermore, by implementing the concept of a smart port, projects related to advanced technology and e-commerce were launched. The port has also started significant upgrading works to reduce its environmental impact and improve the quality of life in local neighbourhoods.

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Decade of growth and development at the Port of Riga

As a new decade approaches, we would like to offer a summary of the most significant last decade’s events at the Port of Riga that contributed to its growth and ability not only to maintain, but also to strengthen its leading position in the Baltic region irrespective of the fierce competition. During this time, the Port Police was established, and its fleet was increased by incorporating several new pilot ships, ice class tugboats and an icebreaker. Furthermore, its shipping channel was deepened and widened allowing to service larger vessels and cruise liners.

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CEO of the Port of Amsterdam: We can solve main challenges of European ports together

Current challenges faced by the European ports are related not only to rapid changes in the global cargo flows, but also to increasing introduction of smart port solutions, as well as environmental considerations. Last week, the Port of Riga was visited by Gert Jan Nieuwenhuizen, the CEO of the Port of Amsterdam, to meet Ansis Zeltiņš, the CEO of the Port of Riga. Some of the topics discussed by both parties include digitization of ports, smaller environmental impact and cooperation with residents of neighboring districts. As these issues are important both for the large Western European ports, as well as the Baltic ports, Amsterdam’s experience could be of use to plan development at the Port of Riga.

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Statement of the Freeport of Riga Authority

“The Port of Riga operates as normal, moreover - we still have an extra capacity and resources to ensure handling of any additional cargo, if necessary,” informs Mr.Ansis Zeltins, the Freeport of Riga CEO.

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Looking for ways to export Argentinian produce via the Port of Riga

In order to study the port management experience and knowledge of the Port of Riga, as well as approaches for developing logistics channels and trade promotion, a high-level delegation from Corrientes, Argentina led by its Governor Gustavo Adolfo Valdes visited the Port of Riga last week. Corrientes is a province in northern Argentina known for highly developed agriculture, forestry and food production. Corrientes-produced beef, citrus fruit, tobacco, tea, rice and timber from pine and eucalyptus forests are exported to all corners of the world.

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Use of 5G technology in transport and port management discussed at international forum

The international 5G technology forum “5G Techritory,” which took place in Riga at the end of November, attracted political, business and scientific leaders from all over the world to discuss new possibilities in 5G development. One of the forum’s goals was to discuss the possibilities for using 5G technology in various realms of the economy: industry, urban planning, the entertainment industry, the media business, and well as in the transport sector and ports.

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The key to success – innovative technology and value added services

By merging two former Swedish-owned terminals, new national port operator WT Terminal was born in the Freeport of Riga. Since inception, this company has managed to increase its cargo turnover seven times. Furthermore, it keeps increasing its production capacities, and cooperates with local engineers to develop and introduce innovative cargo handling technologies.

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Swedish businesses informed about the benefits of the Latvian transport corridor

At the beginning of December, the management of the Freeport of Riga and several port operators participated in the Latvian Transport Days in Sweden. Together with Latvijas Dzelzeļš, Ventspils port and Liepāja port, they met with Swedish transportation and logistics companies in Stockholm and Gothenburg and presented various benefits that the Latvian transport corridor can offer to handle cargo flows between Latvia and the Scandinavian countries.

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Expert: in timber logistics, Brexit may even offer new possibilities for Latvian businesses

The UK is one of Latvia’s most significant export partners, and shipments to British ports generate a large share of turnover at the Port of Riga. During the first nine months of this year, cargo turnover between Riga and UK ports amounted to 2.5 million tonnes or more than 10 % of the total cargo turnover at the port.  Thus, interest in everything related to Brexit is quite logical: timber exports make up two thirds of all shipments from Latvia to the UK, and news about Brexit is especially important to those port operators that offer handling and loading of timber consignments.

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Rapid development of Russian ports continues to transform historic transit routes

At the end of November, Russian Transport Week, one of Eurasia’s annual transport and logistics events, took place in Moscow. More than 4,000 leaders from the transport sector and 15 thousand visitors participate in these week-long events. The largest Latvian transit companies were also represented at 2019 Russian Transport Week. 

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Poaching fishermen caught in waters of Riga Port

Every year, fishing of fish from the Salmonidae family is prohibited in Latvian rivers from October to December. To ensure that the respective species are protected, in rivers, where these fish spawn, including the River Daugava, inspections are performed.

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Record Cargo Turnover at the Port of Riga in October

In terms of the volume of handled cargo, October was the most successful month this year. New monthly records were set for cereals, wood chips and container cargo segments. This is also resulted in more ships arriving at the Port of Riga. In October, there were as many as 311, which is the highest monthly number this year.

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Modern and spacious warehouses make it possible to increase capacity for the handling of frozen cargoes at the Port of Riga

In the Atlantic Ocean, the herring and mackerel fishing season is fully under way. Norwegian, Icelandic, Scottish and Faroese fishing vessels follow fish along their migration routes and fill the set catch quotas. Some of the fish are destined for Central Asia, and here a significant role is played by the Port of Riga.

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