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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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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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Freeport of Riga strengthens cooperation with China

On 27 September, within the framework of the International Logistics Exhibition “Silk Road International Logistics Expo” in Lianyungang, China, a Memorandum on Strategic Cooperation was signed between the Freeport of Riga Authority and the Port of Lianyungang, with the goal to promote the development of multi-modal transport services and solutions in the Eurasian land transport corridor.

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Representatives of the Largest South Korean Mass Media Outlets Visited the Port of Riga

Today, on 27 September, representatives of the largest and most respectable mass media outlets in South Korea visited the Freeport of Riga. Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, and Edgars Sūna, Marketing Director of the Freeport of Riga Authority, showed the Freeport of Riga to the guests, familiarised them with the operation of the port, advantages in the area of cargo handling and investment possibilities. The media representatives were informed about the activities of the Freeport of Riga with regard to the New Silk Road and creation of a cargo corridor to the Far East.

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The Freeport of Riga Authority Will Publish Information on Environmental Situation in the Port on Its Website

Yesterday, on 26 September Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, met with Kaspars Gerhards, Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development to discuss environmental issues in the port. During their meeting officials agreed on the necessity to strengthen communication with residents, as well as to cooperate with environmental authorities in a faster and closer manner.

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Closer Cooperation in Controlling Air Pollution and Bad Odours

Today, Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, met with representatives of the State Environmental Service (hereinafter referred to as “SES”) and the Port Police, as well as the management of the PARS TERMINAL company in order to discuss yesterday’s case of the bad odour in Vecmīlgrāvis and decide on further actions.

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Activity Priorities of Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd. Have Been Outlined

In continuing the introduction of good governance principles at the Freeport of Riga, the Board of the Freeport of Riga has approved the Medium-term Action Strategy of the subsidiary company of the Freeport of Riga Authority, Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd., for 2017-2022 at today’s meeting on September sixth. The goal of the strategy is to ensure the effective use of Rīgas brīvostas flote Ltd. resources and to define the company’s position in the market, goals to be achieved and performance indicators. The strategy envisages increasing the company’s market share, turnover and profit over the next five years.

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Management of the Freeport of Riga Becomes Acquainted with the Work on the Construction of the Second Stage of the Riga Bulk Terminal

Today, Andris Ameriks, Chairperson of the Board of the Freeport of Riga, and Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, visited Riga Bulk Terminal Ltd. in Kundziņsala to meet with its management and become acquainted with the progress on construction of the second stage of the terminal. The company has made significant investments in the creation of a multi-functional and technologically intensive bulk cargo handling terminal, which is currently considered to be the most modern terminal in the Baltic States.

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Management of Senalia, France’s largest cereal products exporter, visit Rīga Port

Board members and management representatives from the French company Senalia visited the Freeport of Rīga on August 29. Senalia, a cereal products logistics company, operates from the Rouen Port and exports more than 60 percent of the entire French cereal production. The aim of the visit was to get acquainted with the cereal products market and logistics in the Baltic Sea region: export and import volumes, flows of cereal product cargoes, transhipment volumes and capacities at ports, and the future development prospects of the market.

At the Freeport of Rīga Authority, representatives of Senalia met with Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO, and Edgars Sūna, Marketing Director. The guests were interested in various aspects of the operation of the Rīga Port: land lease terms, distribution of functions between the Authority and the Port’s companies, new projects at the Port and their financing conditions. The range of interests of the French company also included the economic and political relations among the Baltic Sea region countries a well as with Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia countries. After the meeting at the Freeport of Rīga Authority, the guests visited the specialised cereal products loading terminal at the Rīga Port, the company Rīgas ostas elevators.

The port of Riga was visited by the CEEC-China Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation of the 16+1 format delegation

Yesterday, September 12th, the port of Riga was visited by the CEEC-China Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation of the 16+1 format (“16+1”) delegation of responsible contact persons. Representatives of member countries were familiarised with the activities of the Freeport of Riga, its infrastructure possibilities, offered services and development plans. Guests visited the Freeport of Riga Authority Vessel Traffic Service Centre to became acquainted with its activities and modern technology for vessel traffic management and port operations.

The visit of the 16+1 Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation delegation to the port of Riga was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport of Latvia, the institution coordinating the field of logistics. The delegation will visit the ports of Ventspils and Liepāja as well. By organising visits of the 16+1 Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation delegation to Latvian ports, the opportunities offered by the 16+1 format are used to a greater extent, as well as implementing one of the goals of the Secretariat on Logistic Cooperation: popularisation of opportunities in the Latvian transport and logistics sector in all 16+1 countries and development of new cooperation projects among member countries.

Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, meets the Commander of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS

On August 25, the US Navy destroyer USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95) arrived at the Port of Riga. The ships visit at the Port of Riga serves as a testimony to the cooperation between the USA and Latvia, ensuring stability, security and prosperity not only in the Baltic Sea Region, but throughout the whole Europe.  In relation to the arrival of the US Navy destroyer at the Port of Riga, its Commander Allen Siegrist, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Latvia Paul Poletes and Attaché of the U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel Alexandra K. Nielsen visited the Freeport of Riga Authority in an official meeting with Ansis Zeltins (Ansis Zeltiņš), CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority.

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Europe’s largest and most important cruise tourism exhibition

On the 6th to 8th of September, Europe’s largest and most important cruise tourism exhibition and conference “Seatrade Europe 2017” took place in the German city of Hamburg, gathering cruise port cities of the world, shipping companies and services providers working in the cruise industry, i.e. excursion and tour operators, as well as service industry companies from 40 countries around the world.

At the Cruise Europe cruise association stand , advertising Riga as an attractive destination for cruise ships in the Baltic Sea Region and telling about tourist services in Riga and port infrastructure possibilities for accepting cruise ships, along with the Riga Tourism Development Bureau and the Riga Passenger Terminal, Riga was also represented by Ansis Zeltiņš, CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, and Edgars Sūna, Director of the Marketing Department of the Freeport of Riga Authority.

During the exhibition, several meetings with cruise lines took place at the City of Riga and the Freeport stand regarding visits of ships planned in 2018-2019.

Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH., the organiser of the exhibition and conference, emphasised the following at the opening: “Holiday cruises are currently a prospering industry in the world and a market of opportunities; and with the number of passengers increasing, the market is stably growing!” We have observed it at the port of Riga as well; compared to 2016, the number of cruise ship passengers in the capital has increased by 33.6 percent.

“Seatrade Europe” traditionally takes place in Hamburg once every two years.

At the Port Festival historic sailing ships will enter the Daugava River; the ships will also offer trips

This weekend within the Port Festival, Baltic Sail Riga 2017, a festival of historic sailing ships will take place; it will take visitors to the times of the Duke Jēkabs, a visit to Vikings and exploring historic fishing ships. The bold sailing ships will go an a review, take part in a battle and will welcome aboard anyone who loves the sea, water and ships. Families with children will be warmly welcomed aboard the historic sailing ships.

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On 7 September, the port of Riga solemnly welcomed the first entry of the cruise ship "Thomson Celebration"

On 7 September, the port of Riga solemnly welcomed the first entry of the cruise ship “Thomson Celebration”. As usual when welcoming the first visit of a ship to the port, the ship captain Nikolaos Chalaris and representatives of the Freeport of Riga Authority exchanged emblems of the ship and the port. “Thomson Celebration” is a Thomson Cruises ship, which brought 1,209 tourists to Riga during its Baltic cruise.

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During the Port Festival Rigans will be invited to reach the new cargo turnover record for the Port of Riga.

Every day around 95,000 tons of cargo are transhipped at the port of Riga. This weekend, every visitor of the Port of Riga will be able to participate in the transhipment of cargo at the Freeport of Riga, thus inviting everyone to achieve together a new record for the volume of cargo ever transhipped in Riga. As is known, the Port of Riga is the largest port of Latvia and the second largest port in the Baltics, which tranships an average of 38 million tons of cargo per year.

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