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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 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 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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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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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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Tallink Grupp suspends passenger vessel operations on Riga-Stockholm route from 16 March 2020

Tallink Grupp has announced that due to the ongoing challenging Coronavirus situation and in order to ensure the health and safety of people around the Baltic Sea, the company will suspend operating the Riga-Stockholm route passenger vessels Romantika and Isabelle from Monday, 16 March 2020 until further notice.  

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Reconstruction of the historic FG levee completed at the Port of Riga

The Freeport of Riga Authority has completed reconstruction of the FG levee, an embankment built to protect the main waterway. It is located in the territory of the Freeport of Riga, on the left bank of River Daugava, and stretches over a total distance of 1.51 km.

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COVID-19: Security measures implemented at the Freeport of Riga

ADDED on 14.03.2020 at 20.30: According to the Cabinet Decree of 14.03.2020, all international passenger transportation, including passenger ferry traffic on the Riga - Stockholm route, shall be cancelled from 17 March 2020. For contact and additional information: Tallink Latvija, tel. 67099700 or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Port professionals discuss digitalization, smart ports and future of the port industry in Riga

This week, representatives of the Baltic Sea ports have taken part in the conference “Ports 4.0”, held at the Freeport of Riga Authority, with the aim to discuss the digitization of ports, as well as challenges and opportunities, emerging from implementation of new technologies in ports’ daily operation. This has been the second technology conference organized by the Baltic Ports Organization, and this year it has been held in cooperation with the Freeport of Riga.

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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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Belarusian-Latvian cooperation in the field of road transport is discussed at the Freeport of Riga

Today a delegation of the Belarusian Association of International Road Carriers was warmly welcomed at the Freeport of Riga Authority. Representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Latvian transit and logistics industry took part in the meeting with the aim to discuss co-operation between the two countries in multimodal cargo transportation via Latvian ports.

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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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Viesturs Zeps was elected Chairman of the Freeport of Riga Board, and Pavels Rebenoks was elected Deputy Chairman

Today, on 20.02.2020, at the regular meeting of the Freeport of Riga Board, Viesturs Zeps was elected Chairman of the Board and Pavel Rebenoks was elected Deputy Chairman.

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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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