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Vice president of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) visits the Freeport of Riga

 

 

 

On July 14, 2014, after the meeting with the senior officials of Latvia Mr. Masayuki Oku, vice president of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) and Head of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and his accompanying delegation of eight members paid visit to the Freeport of Riga Authority. The delegation was also accompanied by the Japanese Ambassador to Latvia Mr.Toshiyuki Taga.

The Chairman of the Freeport Board Mr.Andris Ameriks welcomed the important guests and presented the current situation in the port, investment and cooperation opportunities as well as the infrastructure and logistics development plans. Considering the fact that the “Rīgas Universālais terminals” is an indirect investment of the Japanese company Mitsui Corporation in Latvia, a particular terminal inspection was included into the agenda.

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is one of the largest financial groups in Japan. Keidanren comprises the major Japanese companies such as Toyota, Canon, Panasonic etc.

 

 

 

 

The Freeport of Riga Management Participates in the Development of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council

 

 

 

From July 1, 2014, Italy takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and will hold it until December 31, 2014. In the framework of its presidency Italy intends to work actively in the EU Council Shipping working group with the aim to reach agreement on “Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports” (COM(2013)296).

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Civil defense training will take place at the “Riga Fertilizer Terminal”

 

 

 

On July 3, 2014 the State Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in collaboration with the SIA “Riga fertilizer terminal” has organized practical local civil defense training. The training objective is to test and improve the established procedures and measures set out in the company's civil defense plan, in the external emergency plan and to check how the specialists, responsible for the object, interact with personnel of the rescue and emergency services and other state and local government institutions through the disaster management activities in case of adverse events or industrial accidents. The training scenario assumes that there has been an industrial accident at the SIA “Riga fertilizer terminal” resulting in fatalities.

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Austrian businessmen delegation will visit the Freeport of Riga

On July 1, 2014 in the framework of the state visit of the President of Austria to Latvia, a delegation of Austrian businessmen will visit the Freeport of Riga Authority. In the framework of the visit businessmen from Austria will be informed about the opportunities in regards of cargo transshipment as well as about investment opportunities at the Freeport. Austrian entrepreneurs will be provided with the information about the current situation at the port, available areas for business development, as well as will learn a lot about the port infrastructure and infrastructure development plans.

Estonian Maritime Academy faculty delegation visited the Freeport of Riga

 

 

 

On July 3, 2014 the Estonian Maritime Academy faculty delegation visited the Freeport of Riga Authority. The purpose of the visit was related to theoretical and practical training of the engineering and management specialists and technology transfer to the working environment. In the framework of the visit to Riga the delegation visited the Vessel Traffic Service Center of the Freeport of Riga and met with the Port Captain Mr. Eduards Delvers. The Freeport representatives were provided with a presentation on the current situation at the port, on available territories for business development, as well as on the port infrastructure and infrastructure development plans.

 

 

 

President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation will visit the Freeport of Riga

 

 

 

On July 3, 2014 President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergei Katyrin will visit the Freeport of Riga Authority. In the framework of his visit Mr. Sergei Katyrin will meet the CEO of the Freeport of Riga Mr.Leonids Loginovs and participate in a boat trip around the Riga port water area to get to know the current situation at the Freeport. During his visit to Riga the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation will visit the Vessel Traffic Service Center of the Freeport of Riga and have a meeting with the Port Captain Mr. Eduards Delvers. In the framework of the visit it is planned to discuss a wide range of issues, including Latvian and Russian businessmen co-operation in the framework of the current geopolitical situation.

 

 

 

The Freeport of Riga boasts 13,2% growth of cargo turnover

In January of 2014 the performance of the Freeport of Riga was much better than in January 2013 - total cargo turnover increased by 13,2%, reaching 3,23 million tons. The result is outstanding compared to other Baltic ports: there was a considerable turnover decline in Ventspils - 3,4%; Klaipeda -15,3%; Butinge – 49,9%; Liepaja – 31,9%, with the only exception - Tallinn had positive growth (+ 0,2%).

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The Freeport of Riga will host a high-level Chinese delegation

 

 

 

On June 3-4, 2014 a high level conference on transport, logistics and trade routes “Connecting Europe with Asia” will take place in Riga.

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For the second consecutive year the Freeport of Riga is the leading port of the Baltics

Assessing the last year’s results, it can be concluded that the transshipped cargo indicators at the Freeport of Riga are positive, and the implemented as well as ongoing port infrastructure development projects provide optimistic outlook in regards of 2014.

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Due to cargo handling optimization the Freeport of Riga strengthens its position among the port of the Baltic States

 

 

 

According to statistics data in regards of four months of the current year 13.4 million tons of various cargo have been handled at the Freeport of Riga , that is by 21% more than during the relevant accounting period of the previous year.

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Port Police Performance in 2013

 

 

 

The main task of the Port police is to react to potential risks to the environment and people in the Freeport area and to engage actively in crisis prevention within the framework of its competence, simultaneously conducting preventive work - control, monitoring, verifying the information and, if necessary, providing information transfer to partner departments or competent authorities. In 2013 the Port police have been granted access to the State Fire and Rescue Service warning system, as well as to the global port police news network, that enables the relevant party to be prepared to potential risk situations.

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The Freeport of Riga significantly boosts cargo volume

 

 

 

In March 2014 the enterprises of the Freeport of Riga handled by 26,7% more various cargo than in March 2013, and evaluating the first quarter of this year it is evident that the total cargo turnover has increased by 21.7%. Overall, 9.92 million tons were handled within three months, and it is the most successful first quarter in the history of the port.

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The Freeport Board stipulates the 100 % rebate in regards of shifting

 

 

 

With the aim of improving the competitiveness within the region and maintain leader’s status among the Baltic ports, in September 2013 the Freeport of Riga Board decided on the 100 % canal due rebate application in case of a vessel's shifting. The changes provide that the 100% discount is applied to shifting at two Freeport’s berths - MS-2 and ZO-19. The said rebate also applies to navigating of vessels to the outer roads and shifting at the relevant berths, to all businesses operating in the port in case of additional loading or unloading of a vessel. It is planned that the said amendments will foster maximum use of vessels’ capacity, will facilitate the attraction of new vessels and promote the growth of cargo turnover.

 

 

 

The most talented students will present their ideas about the development of the Freeport of Riga

The third creative project competition “Port for the City”, organised by the Freeport of Riga Authority for students, will end on Thursday, 10 April. The most interesting competition ideas include both proposals for the development of a container terminal and a plan for facilitating the Freeport’s local communication and public involvement. The best student works will be chosen by evaluating the prepared presentations and the ability of the youth to substantiate the significance of their projects.

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Ministry of Transport: Imposing a new port charge, port function implementation will have to be covered from the state budget

By introducing direct payments to the state budget from Latvian ports’ revenues, implementation of port functions, stipulated by law, will have to be financed from the state budget. That was the conclusion reached by the Ministry of Transport, evaluating operation of Latvian and Estonian port authorities and their funding models.

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