- Published on Friday, 15 July 2016 15:56
On June 14 one of the two exclusive trimaran yachts, built by the company “Latitude Yachts”, left the port of Riga. This yacht is the first one that was entirely built by the company “Latitude Yachts”. The company's exclusive boats are built in Sarkandaugava, on the territory of the Freeport of Riga, where the main production facilities of the company are located. Fifty-three-meter yachts are the longest yachts of its kind in the world and several innovative technological solutions, which are used only by the company “Latitude Yachts”, have been used in the framework of the manufacturing process.
The first half of the year results at the Freeport of Riga – Russian energy resources’ transit decreased, other cargo volume increased
- Published on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 15:20
In the first half-year of 2016 18.3 million tons of cargo were handled at the port, which is by 11.5% less than during the corresponding period of 2015. In the context of low demand for Russian energy resources in the European markets coal and oil product transit flow through the Riga port has decreased within this period, and volume of those products’ transshipment decreased by 19%. By contrast, the total volume of other cargo increased by 2.3% compared to the first half of 2015. This is a positive trend, as there is a decrease in energy resources share in the total cargo volume of the port. If during last year's six months the volume of handled coal and oil products accounted for 64% of the total port cargo turnover, then currently their share has dropped to 59%. Thus the Riga Port’s dependence on Russian transit cargoes has decreased.
- Published on Monday, 13 June 2016 17:59
On June 9 the foreign ambassadors, accredited in the Republic of Latvia, visited the Freeport of Riga. Every year in early summer the Chairman of the Riga City Council offers the foreign diplomats to visit some development object, that is important to our city and that our city can be proud of. This year, the ambassadors were invited to the boat trip around the Freeport of Riga water area, during which the Freeport of Riga Deputy CEO- Marketing Director Mr.Edgars Suna told the guests about the Freeport development, new projects, port companies and future plans.
- Published on Friday, 10 June 2016 17:53
June 8 the Riga port was visited by a delegation from the People's Republic of China, representing Hainan Airlines Company Limited. The company representatives had come to Latvia to get acquainted with investment opportunities and expressed a wish to visit the port of Riga in order to explore opportunities for cooperation. Chinese businessmen met with the Freeport of Riga CEO Mr. Leonids Loginovs and enjoyed a boat tour around the Riga port water area. In the framework of the boat trip the guests were introduced to the Riga port investment projects and opportunities for cooperation with the Riga port companies.
- Published on Thursday, 09 June 2016 17:35
As one of the most active European cruise ports, the Freeport of Riga has been involved in the project “Green Cruise Port - Sustainable Development of Cruise Port Locations”. The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and aims to foster cooperation between cruise ports with the aim to address the issues at stake, as well as to promote sustainability of all the ports involved in the project and their qualitative development. On June 6 and 7 the project Steering Committee meeting took place in Bergen (Norway), where the Freeport of Riga Authority was represented by Marketing Department cruise traffic expert Ms.Laura Apoga.
- Published on Monday, 06 June 2016 17:22
On May 31, the first port crane was delivered to a new port area on Krievu Island. The crane was relocated from its current territory on Andrejsala area to Krievu island berth by the company “STREK”. The company is one of the Riga port stevedores, that have to relocate its coal handling operations to the new port area on Krievu Island by December 2018.
- Published on Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:19
The monthly amount of cargo, handled by the Freeport of Riga in April, continued to grow and 3.15 million tons of cargo were handled at the port, which is by 6% more than in March. Positive indicators have been maintained in passenger transport segment and during the first four months of the current year the port was visited by 145.7 thousand passengers, which is by 12.8 thousand passengers more than during the corresponding period of 2015.
The Freeport of Riga Board Chairman Mr. Andris Ameriks: “April data show that the port’s operation stability is not in danger and no turmoil is expected. We continue our work with the aim to attract new customers and diversify cargo types at the port. Currently much attention is paid to countries such as China and India, the economic operators from those countries might become our partners in the near future”.
The Freeport of Riga Authority in Novosibirsk presents opportunities for cargo transshipment via the port of Riga
- Published on Thursday, 26 May 2016 18:06
On May 24 – 26 the Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Russian Federation Astra Kurme visited Novosibirsk (Russia). In the framework of the Ambassador’s visit Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) organized various events for Latvian businessmen, including participation in exhibition and Forum “TransSiberia 2016” for Latvian transport sector companies. The port of Riga was represented in Novosibirsk by the Freeport of Riga Deputy CEO, Marketing Director Edgars Suna, as well as by the representatives of the company SIA “Systems Terminal”.
- Published on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 17:57
On May 9, the Minister-President of Flanders Mr.Geert Bourgeois paid visit to the Freeport of Riga, accompanied by Antwerp, Ghent and Zeebrugge port representatives. During the visit, the Minister-President repeatedly stressed the diverse possibilities for cooperation, highlighting the role of the port of Riga in the logistics processes of the Baltic Sea eastern coast, and comparing its importance for the Baltics to the Flemish ports’ impact on the relevant region's economy.
During his visit, Mr. Bourgeois met with the Freeport of Riga CEO Mr. Leonids Loginovs and his Deputy, Marketing Director Mr. Edgars Suna. Guests were introduced to the Freeport of Riga operation by visiting the Vessel Traffic Service Centre and exploring the port water area by boat. Members of the delegation welcomed the rapid development of the Freeport – they were impressed by the new terminals and infrastructure development on Krievu Island.
- Published on Friday, 20 May 2016 11:19
On May 19 the German-Latvian Maritime Forum took place at the Culture Palace Ziemelblazma. Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja, Hamburg, Lübeck and Kiel ports’ representatives discussed new challenges for the industry, collaboration capacity and experience in addressing the issues. The forum was also attended by the representatives of Latvian Ministry of Transport, the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce and logistics business entities from both countries. Forum participants unanimously recognized that changes in the global freight flows, the increasing integration of different modes of transport and public action aimed at the environment protection creates similar challenges for all European ports. Therefore, it is important to exchange experiences and jointly seek solutions to current problems.
- Published on Thursday, 10 March 2016 09:57
On Monday, February 29, Mrs Banashri Bose Harrison, the Ambassador of the Republic of India to Sweden and Latvia, accompanied by state officials and businessmen, visited the Freeport of Riga. The visit to the Freeport was organized to explore the opportunity to develop a cargo distribution and consolidation center on Kundzinsala. It is planned to create a multi-functional cargo handling, warehouse and logistics centre in the framework of the “Kundzinsala northern project”. Implementation of the project is scheduled in 3 stages in the period from 2015 to 2025. The project provides for the creation of the cargo distribution and consolidation center that will serve northern European, Russian and the CIS markets. It should be noted that during the period from 2010 to 2020 it is planned to develop the territory of 181 hectares, investing 460 million euros.
In the framework of 16+1 format event Chinese businessmen visited the Freeport of Riga and met representatives of the port enterprises
- Published on Monday, 16 May 2016 14:40
Latvian Ministry of Transport organized a meeting of transport ministers of China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries (16 + 1 format) and a business conference. In the framework of the important international event on May 16 Chinese businessmen visited the Freeport of Riga with the aim to know more about the operation of the port, the provided services and investment projects.
The visit was organized as a boat trip through the harbor area on board the ship “Jelgava”, the Freeport of Riga enterprises’ representatives could present their businesses to their potential partners from China and show the location of the companies in the port, as well as discuss cooperation opportunities in the sphere of cargo attracting, co-financing of projects and other forms of partnership.
- Published on Monday, 15 February 2016 10:57
In January 2016 3.27 million. tons of various cargo were handled at the Freeport of Riga, that is by 6.8% or 238 thousand tons less compared to the relevant reporting period of 2015. Although the transshipment volume handled in January decreased, it corresponds to the average indicators related to cargo, handled over the last five years at the Freeport (3.25 million tons).
Deputy Mayor of Turku, the Port of Turku management and ferry line representatives visited the Freeport of Riga
- Published on Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:43
On May 12 Mr. Jarkko Virtanen, Deputy Mayor of Turku (Finland), Ms. Marjukka Karttunen, the Port of Turku Board Chairman, Mr. Christian Ramberg, the Executive Director and the port Board members visited the Freeport of Riga. Delegation included the Port of Turku partners - representatives of ferry lines Tallink Silja Line and Viking Line. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the Freeport of Riga operation and current issues, as well as discuss possible co-operation related to ro-ro and passenger transportation.
The Finnish delegation met the Freeport of Riga CEO Leonids Loginovs, a member of the Board Baiba Broka and the Harbour Master Arturs Brokovskis- Vaivods. With the aim to explore the new port projects and development plans, the guests sailed through the port water area. Visiting the Vessel Traffic Service Centre, Finnish delegation was informed about the Freeport of Riga progress in improving the quality of services and strengthening of the port security.
- Published on Monday, 15 February 2016 10:49
In the beginning of the year the FPRA has already informed that in order to achieve one of the Freeport of Riga objectives, namely, to maintain and enhanced the customer base, and to find ways to avoid dependency on any single type of cargo, it is regularly expanding its international network of cooperation with potential investors and partners. With the aim to implement the above objectives, the FPRA plans to participate in 11 the transport/logistics and cruise industry conferences and exhibitions in 2016.