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The Port of Riga has been visited by the largest cruise ship in its history

Yesterday, on June 6, the largest cruise ship ever entered the port of Riga and was moored at the pier of KS Terminal. The length of the ship “Celebrity Silhouette” built in 2011 is 315 meters, width – 36.9 meters and the maximum draught of it is 8.3 meters, while the maximum load capacity (GT) is 122 thousand tons. By the length and load capacity indicators “Celebrity Silhouette” holds the absolute record for the port of Riga not only among passenger ships, but also cargo vessels.  The vessel brought over 2700 cruise passengers to Riga, mainly from the US. During this year's cruise season another 4 "Celebrity Silhouette" visits at the port of Riga can be expected.

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The Project “Remediation of historically polluted Areas in Sarkandaugava territory”, funded by the Swiss government, has come to an end

Today, on June 1, the conference, organized by the State Environmental Service and the Freeport of Riga Authority, has been held as a closing event of the Latvian-Swiss Cooperation Program individual project “Remediation of historically polluted Areas in Sarkandaugava territory”. The results of the project were briefly summed up by the Freeport of Riga Authority Environmental Service Head Vilis Avotins: “Riga port can boast another improved area, which is more environment-, people- and business-friendly territory”.

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Conference "TransBaltica 2017" participants get acquainted with the Port of Riga

Today, on 26 May 2017, the Freeport of Riga was visited by the international conference "TransBaltica 2017" participants in the framework of a study tour. The annual conference organized by the RMS Forum company, Latvian Transit Business Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Railways, Liepaja SEZ, Ventspils Freeport Authority and the Freeport of Riga Authority, this year took place for the 20th time. This year's the Special event of the conference was a seminar “Trade China-Europe through the Baltic countries: prospects for transit growth, repletion, containerization”. The seminar was led by Alexei Bezborodov, the Managing partner of the independent research agency “InfraNews” (Russia). During the seminar the possibilities of Russia as a transit country for China's container transportation to Europe by rail and the Baltic ports’ role within these routes were discussed. The Port of Riga was mentioned as one of the most promising connections for containerized cargo transit, taking into account the infrastructure, Latvian transit policy as well as already established and well-functioning cooperation on container cargo transit by rail.    

Work on the project design of an overpass over Sarkandaugava armlet from Tvaika street to Kundzinsala will be launched

The Freeport of Riga Authority (FPRA) has launched the project “An Overpass from Tvaika Street to Kundzinsala” implementation, which includes construction of the bridge over the Sarkandaugava armlet and the construction of the relevant access roads in Sarkandaugava and on Kundzinsala. Today, during the Freeport of Riga Board meeting the open tender “Overpass from Tvaika Street to Kundzinsala construction project design and supervision” results were approved, so in the near future the technical project development work will be started.

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The Freeport of Riga Authority was visited by the Chairman of the Senate of the Uzbekistan Parliament Nigmatilla Juldashev

Today, on May 17, in the framework of his official visit to Latvia, the Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament (or Olij Majlis) of the Republic of Uzbekistan Nigmatilla Juldashev, accompanied by the delegation, visited the Freeport of Riga. Uzbekistan Senate Chairman met with the Freeport of Riga Board Chairman Andris Ameriks, the Freeport acting CEO Aigars Pecaks and the FPRA Development Service Head Viesturs Silenieks. Uzbek guests were introduced to the Freeport of Riga operation, investment opportunities in the port and the port of Riga offers for transit of Uzbekistan goods to European markets.

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The Port of Køge Board members get acquainted with Riga port

Today, on 10th of May, the Freeport of Riga Authority was visited by the delegation of   the Port of Køge (Denmark). Køge Mayor Flemming Christensen, the Køge port CEO Thomas Elm Kampmann, the Køge port Harbor Master Susanne Thilqvist and the port Board members were introduced to the port of Riga and the Freeport of Riga Authority. The guests were welcomed by Riga City Council Executive Director Juris Radzevics and the Freeport of Riga Port Authority management. The representatives of the Port of Køge visited the port of Riga Vessel Traffic Service Center and met with the Harbour Master Arturs Brokovskis-Vaivods.

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The Freeport of Riga Authority announces innovation competition for students

The Freeport of Riga Authority announces innovation competition for students “The Port for the City”, the main objective of the said competition is to promote solutions, that are appropriate for the modern technology age,  in the  Freeport of Riga (FPR) economic activities, including attraction of new cooperation partners from Asian countries.

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The Freeport of Riga Authority and the port companies participate in the international exhibition “TransRussia 2017” in Moscow

From April 18 to April 20 the Freeport of Riga Authority (FPRA) together with the port companies took part in the international transport and logistics exhibition “TransRussia 2017” in Moscow. The annual exhibition “   TransRussia” is the largest transport and logistics exhibition in Russia, as well as one of the largest industry forums in all the Eurasian space. The Freeport was represented by the FPRA and the port companies – the Riga Commercial Port, SIA “Rīgas Universālais Termināls”, SIA “Jaunzeltiņi”, SIA “KS Terminal”, SIA “Systems terminal”, SIA “Jaunmīlgrāvja ostas kompānija”, SIA “Vega Stividors” and SIA “Frigo Baltic”. For the fourth year the FPRA has been organizing a joint exhibition stand of Riga port, thereby enhancing the Port of Riga recognition and creating a convenient and attractive environment for the port operators to support their work at the exhibition.

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The State Audit Office: The Freeport of Riga Authority has implemented all recommendations, provided by the State Audit office in the framework of legality audit “The Freeport of Riga Authority’s operational compliance with legal requirements”

On March 28, 2017, the Freeport of Riga Authority has received the letter of the State Audit Office Fifth Audit Department, which states that the State Audit Office has evaluated explanations and information, provided by the Freeport of Riga Authority, and indicates that the Freeport of Riga Authority has implemented all recommendations, provided in the framework of the State Audit Office’s legality audit “The Freeport of Riga Authority’s  operational compliance with legal requirements” and therefore the State Audit Office audit of the legality of the Freeport of Riga Authority’s operation is  considered to be completed.

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Big Cleanup - The Freeport of Riga Authority will clean up the areas adjacent to the port, plant hedges at Kundzinsala, establish new homes for birds at Milestibas island

For the Freeport of Riga Authority the Big Cleanup will start tomorrow, on April 20, with planting trees on Kundzinsala, in the territory adjacent to the port. The employees of the Freeport of Riga Authority will continue the activities of the Big Cleanup by taking care of the territories, adjacent to the port. Together with Kundzinsala residents they will create a 270 meters long green hedge of thujas at the 12th line of Kundzinsala, that will visually demarcate Kundzinsala residential area from the port area. The work will start tomorrow at 10.00.

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Introduction of new technologies enhances competitiveness of Riga port companies in the segment of containerized cargo

According to the 2016 cargo turnover results the last year has been particularly successful for the port of Riga in the area of container transshipment. Last year, 385.9 thousand TEU of containers were transshipped via the port, which is an increase by 8.6% compared to the previous year.  Due to economic sanctions’ impact there was a dramatic fall in turnover of containerized cargo in  2015 , nevertheless, despite the continuation of sanctions,  last year container cargo turnover at Riga port has been able to grow and almost reached the 2014 level.

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Open competition to the Freeport of Riga CEO position will be announced this week

Today, the Freeport of Riga Board has approved Regulations of  the Freeport of Riga CEO position candidate selection and evaluation competition, which include both requirements for applicants, evaluation criteria and decision-making procedures. The Freeport of Riga Board ruled that the public competition for the CEO position will be launched this year on April 21 and applicants will be able to submit their applications until May 22.

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Significant progress in Krievu Sala Project implementation

The Freeport of Riga Board has adopted a number of important decisions in relation to the further progress of the biggest infrastructure project in the history of the port - “The Krievu Sala Infrastructure Development for Relocation of the Port Operation from the City Center”, thus speeding up project objectives attainment and preventing any risk of financial corrections, initiated by the European Commission. The project Action plan has been updated as well as a long-term operation plan, besides, there is an agreement with the stevedores on building the necessary connecting infrastructure and coal dust detection wall on Krievu Island (Krievu Sala).

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In the first quarter of the current year, the handled cargo volume at the port of Riga increased by 2.1%

The Freeport of Riga finished the first quarter of 2017 with a positive balance - cargo volume increased by 2.1% compared to the last year. The month of March was also successful - the handled cargo volume was by 7.9% more than in March 2016. The increase is mainly attributed to the positive performance of coal, container and timber segments.

More detailed information on the Freeport of Riga cargo turnover is available at: http://rop.lv/en/about-port/statistics.html

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The open competition is to be organized to nominate a new Freeport of Riga CEO

The Freeport of Riga Board has adopted a conceptual resolution with the aim to find a new Freeport of Riga CEO by organizing an open competition, stipulating basic criteria for selection of the candidates for the CEO position as well as evaluation principles. The Freeport of Riga Board took a decision to establish the Freeport CEO selection nomination commission by March 1, 2017. It is planned to create the said commission by involving representatives of four ministries (Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Environment and Regional Development, Ministry of Finance), two local government representatives and a representative of the Freeport as well as to call on the government social partners (Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK), Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LTRK) and Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS). The Commission's management will be entrusted to the Ministry of Transport delegated representative.

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