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In 2018 the Freeport of Riga Authority will continue to enter new markets for cargo and passenger attraction

In 2018, the marketing activities of the Freeport of Riga Authority will be focused both on preserving existing markets and active work in new regions, attracting new cargo and passenger flows to the port, In the marketing area, the Freeport of Riga Authority will continue strategic cooperation with port operators, supporting them in attracting cargo and investments.

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Freeport of Riga Ready for Winter and Ice Navigation

At the end of last year, a running test of the icebreaker Varma, owned by the Port of Riga was performed. Based on test results as well as information provided by the Freeport of Riga services, the Freeport of Riga Captain  Artūrs Brokovskis is convinced that the Port of Riga is ready for winter and ice navigation.

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The port of Riga handled 31.1 million tons of various types of cargo during the first 11 months of this year

This November was especially successful for the port of Riga, as it was able to handle more than 3 million tons of various types of cargo, displaying one of the highest monthly results this year. Positive indicators are mostly related to an increase in turnover for container cargo, coal, cereal products and wood pellets.

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Port of Riga Introduces New and Innovative Dry Bulk Handling Technology

In continuing developing the terminal and increasing the effectiveness of cargo handling, the company Rīgas universālais termināls Ltd. (RUT) has introduced a new technology: containerised dry bulk handling.  This technology is often called a revolution in dry bulk logistics and the Port of Riga is the first port in Europe to use this technology.

The company RUT is currently using the containerised handling method for handling wood pellets on large dry bulk ships. Pellets are delivered from warehouse to pier in special-purpose open-top 20-foot containers. Using a portal-frame container lift equipped with a revolute system (revolver), the entire contents of a container are delivered onto the ship by turning the container over into the holds.

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Reconstruction at the Company B.L.B. Baltijas termināls Will Reduce the Spread of Bad Odours in the Vicinity of the Port of Riga

Today, November 16, the Board of the Freeport of Riga adopted a decision to accept the activities planned by the company B.L.B Baltijas termināls JSC: reconstruction of the petroleum products handling and storage terminal and the construction of a new railway scaffold bridge for the discharge of heavy petroleum products from tanker-cars. The decision of the Board determines that activities are to be carried out according to the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and conditions set in the opinion of the State Environmental Bureau.  The modernisation of B.L.B. Baltijas termināls JSC is aimed at improving the effectiveness and competitiveness of the company’s operations, as well as at significantly reducing the environmental impact of its operations.

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The Largest Ro-Ro Vessel “Endurance” has Arrived at the Port of Riga

The US vessel “Endurance”, which is the largest Ro-Ro vessel (vehicles carrier) ever accepted at the Port of Riga, arrived at the port this week.  The 265-metre-long vessel moored and was handled by the company Riga Universal Terminal Ltd. (RUT), which loaded helicopters, cars and containers of the US Armed Forces onto the vessel to deliver them back to the US within the framework of armed forces rotation.

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Participants of the 16+1 Format Transport Conference Introduced to Investment Opportunities at the Port of Riga

Mārtiņš Ziemanis, Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga, participated in the meeting and business conference of transport ministers from China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (16+1 format) The 16+1 format activities took place on October 25–26 in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, with an aim to facilitate cooperation between countries involved in the field of transport and logistics.

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Exercise on Eliminating the Consequences of an Accident Involving a Chemical Substance Is Taking Place at the Freeport of Riga

In order to check the ability to respond to emergency situations, improve cooperation of response teams in containing and eliminating the consequences of an accident as well as test new methods and technologies in containing and eliminating chemical pollution, the annual exercise EKO 2017 is taking place today within the administrative territory of the Freeport of Riga, in Kundziņsala, within the territory of Baltic Container Terminal Ltd. The exercise included the simulation of the spill of a chemical substance with a high hazard level on land area and in the Daugava River involving victims, which occurred as a result of a container ship accident.

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Yacht Port Infrastructure Development Project “EST-LAT Harbours” Launched

The event devoted to the launch of the project “Improvement of Sailing Infrastructure and Building a Yacht Harbour Network in Estonia and Latvia (EST-LAT Harbours)” of the ERDF Interreg programme took place yesterday, October 17, at the Freeport of Riga Authority. Project partners from Latvia and Estonia, i.e. yachtsmen, representatives of responsible ministries and representatives of the tourism industry, were informed about project goals and anticipated results. The project “EST-LAT Harbours” is aimed at creating a single network of yacht harbours in Latvia and Estonia with high-quality services, which would allow developing sailing tourism and attracting foreign yachtsmen from Scandinavia and other countries. Within the framework of the project, it is planned to implement activities in two areas, namely, infrastructure of yacht harbours and development of services, as well as popularising of Latvia and Estonia as sailing destinations.

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Strengthening Cooperation between the Port of Riga and India

In early November, Ansis Zeltinš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga, together with representatives of the sector, went on an official visit to India within the framework of the delegation headed by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in order to participate in a range of events related to the strengthening of business and international relations. At a transport and logistics conference in Mumbai, representatives presented the logistics sector of Latvia and its advantages in Eurasian transit corridors, as well as familiarised Indian entrepreneurs with the opportunities of using the Latvian transit corridor for delivering cargo to Northern Europe. During the visit to Mumbai, the Latvian delegation visited the largest container cargo terminal in India, JNPT, and became acquainted with its operations. This terminal currently handles 4.7 million containers per year and mainly specialises in the processing of cargo intended for the domestic market of India and the handling of Indian cargo.

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Port of Riga Welcomes Another Container Train from China

Yesterday, October 16, the port of Riga welcomed the first container train along the route “Ürümqi–Altynkol–Riga–Rotterdam”.

The train of 41 freight cars covered the 6,000 km-long path from the border of China and Kazakhstan to Riga in one week.

This route runs from Ürümqi City in China via the Altynkol/Dostyk border point in Kazakhstan and further on via Russia and Latvia to the Port of Riga. The freight will be further delivered by sea from Riga to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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The International Transport and Logistics Exhibition

The International Transport and Logistics Exhibition “TransKazakhstan / TransLogistica 2017” is taking place in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, on November 1–3. The Port of Riga is represented by the Freeport of Riga Authority and Riga Container Terminal Ltd. This exhibition is the main transport and logistics sector event in Central Asia, gathering the leading professionals of the sector from Kazakhstan, CIS countries and China, as well as European countries, who attribute importance to creation of Eurasian logistics chains. The Port of Riga is participating in the exhibition as a part of the national stand of Latvia together with Latvijas dzelzceļš group, Freeport of Ventspils, Liepāja SEA and other industry companies.

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New Members of the Board of Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd. Approved

The Freeport of Riga Authority, as the only shareholder of Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd. (hereinafter — the Company), has approved new Members of the Board: Rolands Klincis has been appointed as a Member of the Board for development matters and Irina Feļdmane has been appointed as a Member of the Board for finance management matters.

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LDz Loģistika Ltd. and the Freeport of Riga Present the Advantages of the Latvian Transit Corridor in India

Verners Lūsis, Chairperson of the Board of the Latvijas dzelzceļš SJSC subsidiary — LDz Loģistika Ltd., and Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga, went on a visit to India this week within the framework of the delegation headed by Māris Kučinskis, Prime Minister, to participate in a range of activities related to strengthening of business and international relations. Including tomorrow, November 4, managers of the companies will participate in a transport and logistics conference in Mumbai, where they will present Latvia’s advantages in international transit corridors.

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The Port of Riga Participates in Events at the Belarusian Transport Week in Minsk

The capital of Belarus, Minsk hosts the Belarusian Transport Week, the events of which the port of Riga is represented by its CEO Ansis Zeltiņš, employees of the Freeport of Riga Authority and the port company Riga Container Terminal Ltd. Within the framework of Transport Week, the 11th international exhibition “Transport & Logistics”, in which the port of Riga participates in the joint stand of the transport sector of Latvia together with Latvijas dzelzceļš SJSC, LDz Cargo Ltd., LDz Loģistika Ltd., the Freeport of Ventspils and Liepāja SEA. This year, supplementing the supply of the Latvian transport corridor and demonstrating the cooperation potential in aviation, Riga International Airport SJSC participated in the exhibition.

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