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Surveillance camera installed by the Freeport of Riga Authority on Krievu Island for coal dust monitoring

With a view to ensuring the ongoing monitoring of the coal loading process and rapid identification of any potential deviations during coal loading, the Freeport of Riga Authority has installed a surveillance camera opposite the Krievu Island Terminal. Images recorded by the camera are available online: http://rop.lv/lv/media-lv/webkamera.html

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Coal-free port areas in Andrejsala and Eksportosta to be used for the city

Since 10 March 2019, when the last load of coal was removed from the territory of Eksportosta in the city centre, eco-friendly coal handling takes place only at Krievusala terminals on the left bank of the Daugava. The largest infrastructure development project in the history of the port “Development of infrastructure in Krievusala to remove port activities from the city centre” has not only cleaned the air from coal dust, but also made new territories available for the development of the city.

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New Cruise Season at the Port of Riga

At the end of April the Port of Riga opened the 2019 cruise season when the 300 m cruise ship MSC Poesia entered the port. MSC Poesia is owned by the cruise line MSC and brought more than 2,500 tourists to Riga during its Baltic cruise. The 10 day cruise started in Warnemünde, Germany, and had already had stops in Poland and Lithuania. From Riga, the ship continued on to Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. 

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The Port of Riga and Port of Qingdao (China) Sign a Cooperation Agreement

Last week, the Ministry of Transport of Latvia and companies from the transport sector participated in the China International Logistics Week in Xi'an, organised by the China Communications and Transport Association. One of the most important events was the International Logistics Exhibition “CHINA WESTERN INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS EXPO 2019”, where Latvian ports and VAS Latvijas Dzelzceļšwere represented by the joint stand VIA LATVIA. At this year’s exhibition, Latvia was granted the status of an honourable guest.  During the event, the Freeport of Riga signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Qingdao in China. 

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Tallink Grupp has ambitious plans for Riga-Stockholm line

This year Tallink Grupp celebrates its 30th anniversary, as well as the 13th anniversary of launching regular traffic between Riga and Stockholm. Since 2006, when Tallink began its operations at the Port of Riga, more than 7.5 million passengers, 910,000 vehicles and 175,000 cargo units have travelled this route.

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Port of Riga – essential logistics link for e-commerce development with China

The forum “Cross-border E-commerce with China”, held under the international conference eCOM360, paved the way for a new partnership platform that will promote the progress of e-commerce between China, Latvia and other Eastern European countries. The Freeport of Riga Authority and the port company TFS Trans, which is the most advanced high-bay warehouse centre in the Baltics, also became the members of the Central and Eastern European E-commerce Centre Development Association. 

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SIA Extron Baltic receives award for rapid growth in the Port of Riga

Every year, the Freeport of Riga Authority evaluates the performance of the port companies in the previous year and gives awards to the best in several nominations. The 2018 Freeport of Riga award in the Most Rapid Growth nomination was presented to SIA Extron Baltic, which has grown from a very small stevedore operator into a major player in the Port and is closing in on the top 10 cargo terminals in the Port. In 2018, the amount of cargo passed through the terminal exceeded the threshold of half a million tons. Moreover, the company’s growth has been steady since 2010. During that time, the company has become the largest handler of general cargo.  

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Second phase of Krievu Island project receives GRAND PRIX at Latvian Builders Association’s 2018 Annual Awards

At the 2018 Annual Awards of the Latvian Builders Association, the Freeport of Riga Authority project “Construction of additional infrastructure on Krievu Island” received one of two GRAND PRIX awards for the most ambitious and significant project in 2018. The Annual Awards of the Latvian Builders Association are the largest construction industry awards in Latvia with 143 contenders in 10 nominations. The second GRAND PRIX went to Mežaparks Song Festival Bandstand reconstruction and the Song Festival Bandstand spectator area project.

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New Freeport of Riga Development Programme Provides for Expanded Port Operations

At the end of last year, the Board of the Freeport of Riga approved a new port development programme for the upcoming decade, which was presented to representatives of media and involved parties last week. The Development Programme 2019-2028 provides for significantly expanded operations at the Port of Riga, facilitating industrialisation and the entry of new companies into the territory of the Freeport of Riga. Likewise, the new Development Programme places greater focus on the development of passenger transport, while simultaneously maintaining strategic areas of operation: attracting new cargo, cargo diversification, development of port infrastructure and improvement of the port administration model.

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Manufacturing at the Port of Riga beneficial for both businesses and the Port

The Port of Riga future vision outlined in the Freeport of Riga Development Programme for 2019-2028 foresees transformation of the Port into a smart logistics centre with high added value services and production facilities. Development of manufacturing at the Port is a way to create jobs, generate income and ensure stable cargo turnover in the long term perspective. Numerous successful, rapidly growing companies that implement high-quality impressive production projects at the Port which serve their customers all over the world, prove that the Port of Riga is an attractive location for launching new production facilities already at this moment. Operation of these companies at the Port is equally beneficial for the companies and the Port.

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Freeport of Riga opens renovated piers

In a ceremony at the beginning of the year, two piers ZO-1 and ZO-2 were commissioned after the redevelopment, which took almost two years. 

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Coal handling has begun at both Krievu Island terminals

To free the centre of Riga from coal cargo and transfer the handling of coal to the new terminals equipped with modern technologies on Krievu Island, in 2012 the Freeport of Riga Authority launched the Development of Infrastructure on Krievu Island for the Transfer of Port Activities from the City Centre project. This February, with the fist coal carriers moored and loaded, both Krievu Island terminals SIA STREK and SIA Riga Coal Terminal started their work. This means that the largest investment project in the history of the Port of Riga is nearing its completion. 

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Year 2018 brought the Freeport of Riga records in multiple cargo groups

Transport and logistics industry forms one fifth of Latvian economy and largely relies on the railway and three major ports. Last week, major players in the industry informed the public of their results in the last year and plans for this year. 

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Roadmap for sustainable cruise port development worked out

The Green Cruise Port – Sustainable Development of Cruise Port Locations project has been completed along with the action plan and recommendations for the Baltic Sea cruise ports. The project was financed from the European Regional Development Fund and its purpose was to unite the Baltic Sea cruise ports to enable solving current problems with joined forces and to support sustainable and quality development of all ports involved in the project. By joining the project, the Freeport of Riga Authority received an opportunity to study the aspects that are the most important for cruise development at the Port of Riga, exchange information and gain experience from other Baltic Sea cruise ports.

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Cooperation with Belarusian forest industry will allow the Port of Riga to continue increasing its timber cargo volumes

Last week representatives of the Belarusian Ministry of Forestry visited the Port of Riga to discuss export of Belarusian timber.  The guests agreed that the cooperation has an impressive potential and that there are many opportunities to boost timber transit and seek different types of cooperation. In addition, the Belarusian party presented a detailed proposal of the cooperation model. For the Port of Riga it means an opportunity to continue increasing its timber cargo volumes. 

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