The Freeport of Riga Authority has become a member of Latvian - Belarusian Economic Relations Promotion Association
- Published on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 12:19
The Freeport of Riga Authority (FPRA) has become a member of the Latvian - Belarusian Economic Relations Promotion Association (LBESVB). Belarus has always been an important partner, of the port of Riga, but now, in connection with the reorientation of Russian cargo to Russian ports, active search of new possibilities of cooperation with Belarus has become particularly important. The Freeport of Riga Authority considers its membership in LBESVB as one of the platforms providing an opportunity to continuously and actively demonstrate the Riga port advantages to Belarus partners, as well as promote a favorable investment climate and the port infrastructure facilities for Belarus cargo transit.
- Published on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:14
The Freeport of Riga Authority (RBP) represented the port of Riga at two international cruise industry events – at the exhibition and conference “SeatradeMed” as well as at the conference dedicated to the project “Green Cruise Port - Sustainable Development of Cruise Port Locations”. “SeatradeMed” is the most important European cruise industry event, that takes place every two years, alternating with “SeatradeEurope”. The exhibition and the conference focus on the Mediterranean region, but, given that the Mediterranean Sea is the second largest cruise destination in the world, all major cruise industry players meet at the said event to discuss key issues of the entire cruise industry. Taking part in the Green Cruise Port conference, the Freeport of Riga together with other European cruise ports are working to develop a common regional vision for the improvement of the port environment applying the instruments, provided by the European Funds – research, studies, best practices, etc.
Transport Forum in St. Petersburg - an opportunity to get acquainted with the current issues of Russian transport policy
- Published on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 11:52
Last week, Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga - Marketing Director Mr.Edgars Suna represented the Freeport of Riga at IX International Forum “Transport and Transit Potential” in St. Petersburg, Russia. The annual forum is organized by the Russian authorities, that are in charge of transport policy, and aims to develop effective solutions to increase competitiveness of the Russian transport system. The Freeport of Riga Authority representatives are participating in the forum for the second year in order to be aware of current Russian transport policy issues and assess their impact on the Port of Riga.
Riga Port Vessel Traffic Service Centre takes part in the development of a uniform system for obtaining information from ships in the Baltic Sea region
- Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:10
Vessel Traffic Service Center Manager Mr.Yurijs Zarins represented the Freeport of Riga Authority (FPRA) at the meeting of the Working Group on Vessel Traffic Service and Ship Reporting System Harmonization, that took place in Hamburg. VTS operators, representing the Baltic Sea ports and other operators meet once a year, organizing working group meetings with the aim to create a common Baltic Sea framework, so that the VTS centers receive information from vessels and provide each other with it. Another purpose is to ensure the development of uniform requirements for VTS operator training, certification and improvement of professional skills in accordance with modern requirements.
Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Law and Justice of India visited the Freeport of Riga
- Published on Friday, 16 September 2016 18:43
Yesterday, on September 16, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Law and Justice of India Mr.Ravi Shankar Prasad and the accompanying delegation visited the Port of Riga. The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with the Freeport of Riga and the possibilities for cooperation with India, with special focus on the opportunities to establish the multi-functional warehouse and freight distribution center at Kundzinsala to serve as a cargo distribution and consolidation center for Indian and other countries' products in Northern Europe, Russia and the CIS markets. In the framework of its visit to the port of Riga, Indian delegation visited the Vessel Traffic Service Centre and met with the Freeport of Riga Deputy CEO - Marketing Director Mr.Edgars Suna, Harbour Master Mr.Arturs Brokovskis-Vaivods and SIA “Kundziņsala northern project” representatives.
- Published on Thursday, 15 September 2016 18:32
Today, on September 15, the Port of Riga was visited by the First Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications of Belarus and Latvian-Belarusian Transport Working group leader Mr. Alexei Avramenko, as well as the Belarusian Railway Company First Deputy Chairman Mr.Igor Shilov. The guests met with the Freeport of Riga CEO Mr.Leonids Loginovs and sailed around the port water area.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:07
July was a particularly successful month for passenger transportation segment - especially in regards of servicing cruise ships. 21 cruise ships called the Port of Riga in July, bringing to Riga 27.9 thousand passengers - it is the largest number of cruise tourists per month over the last ten years. Thus the total number of cruise passengers this year reached 43.4 thousand, and it is by 7.6%, or by 3,100 more passengers than during the last year's reporting period. The Freeport of Riga Board Chairman Mr. Andris Ameriks says: “Every cruise ship’s call at the port of Riga is welcome not only as beneficial for the port, but also as a contribution to the city of Riga. Cruise passengers have money, and going ashore they not only visit tourist attractions, but are also shopping and having meals in restaurants and cafes of Riga.” Performance of Tallink ferry line is quite successful – during the reporting period it carried 289.6 thousand passengers, i.e. by 7.4% or by 19.9 thousands of passengers more.
- Published on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 18:23
Today the Riga City Council's City Development Committee Members and the Riga city Chief architect Mr.Gvido Princis visited and assessed the infrastructure of the project “The Krievu Sala Infrastructure Development for Relocation of the Port Operation from the City Center”, implemented by the Freeport of Riga. The new Krievu Sala terminal infrastructure project together with the relevant SJSC “Latvijas Dzelzceļš"(Latvian Railway) railway infrastructure project this year has been nominated as one of 11 nominees for the Riga Architecture Award 2016.
The Freeport of Riga Authority has implemented all the State Audit Office recommendations on the Krievu Sala project
- Published on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:00
The Freeport of Riga Authority has implemented all of five recommendations of the State Audit Office in regards of the project “The Krievu Sala Infrastructure Development for Relocation of the Port Operation from the City Center” by improving project process management and control, as well as by developing and improving project management and monitoring tools. Approval is planned during the next Freeport of Riga Board meeting. With the aim to implement the said recommendations in compliance with the State Audit Office opinion, during the stage of preparation of the necessary paperwork for implementation of the recommendations the Freeport of Riga Authority was guided by the findings of legal and operational audit of the Freeport of Riga Authority, carried out by the international auditor Deloitte, as well as by its recommendations regarding the project management improvement in the subsequent phase of the project. Today information on the implementation of the recommendations has been sent to the State Audit Office.
- Published on Friday, 09 September 2016 15:18
During 8 months of the current year 23.9 million tons of cargo were handled via Riga port, which is by 10.8% less than in the corresponding period of 2015. According to the cargo turnover analysis the volume of bulk cargo at the port has stabilized, liquid cargo handling continues to decrease, the general cargo turnover is increasing. In August 2016, for the first time in recent years, the general cargo volume, transshipped via the Freeport, exceeds the liquid cargo turnover. An increase of general cargo segment can be attributed to the growing indicator of container handling. 248.4 thousand TEU of containerized cargo were handled in the first half of the 2016 at the port, which is by 4.7% more than in the corresponding period of 2015. 339 thousand TEU - the volume of containers handled in August - is the largest monthly result in the last five months. According to the Freeport of Riga Authority the container turnover increase is a very positive trend, due to the fact that the containerized cargo provides a higher added value for logistics industry, reducing the imbalance between inbound and outbound cargo at the port, as well as reducing the port's dependence on Russian transit cargo. Besides, the container transshipment is ecologically cleanest type of cargo-handling and it is very effective because the container is adapted for transportation by all modes of transport (by ship, rail, and road) and is easily moved from one mode of transport to another. That is why more and more goods are transported in containers globally and the Freeport of Riga follows this trend.
The Freeport of Riga: The State Audit Office approach assessing Krievu Sala project is short-sighted and bureaucratic
- Published on Thursday, 04 August 2016 11:12
The State Audit Office in the preparation of a report on implementation of the project “The Krievu Sala Infrastructure Development for Relocation of the Port Operation from the City Center” has demonstrated absolutely formal approach, without taking into consideration the port’s and stevedores’ work specifics. One of the critical remarks, expressed by the Auditor General Mrs.Elita Krumina in response to the statement, distributed by the Freeport yesterday, stating that the FPR does not see and does not acknowledge any violations in implementation of the Krievu Sala project, is that the Freeport has inefficiently utilized resources by transferring the “open warehouse” from the project territory to the equivalent area on Krievu Island.
Cooperation issues related to Eurasian logistics supply chain were discussed with the Duisburg Port CEO
- Published on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:15
On September 7 the Duisburg Port President and CEO Mr. Erich Staake visited the Freeport of Riga. The Duisburg port representative met with the Freeport of Riga Deputy CEO - Marketing Director Mr.Edgars Suna and was introduced to the Freeport operation, sailing through the Riga port water area. The Duisburg Port is the world's largest inland port, which in recent years has developed into a leading logistics hub of the Central Europe. Mr.Eric Staake came to Latvia with the aim to meet with the representatives of the Ministry of Transport, JSC Latvijas Dzelscels (Latvian Railway) and the Freeport of Riga and discuss issues related to cooperation of Latvian parties with Duisburg port in the framework of Eurasian supply chain.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:21
The Freeport of Riga Authority does not agree with critical remarks, provided by the State Audit Office Report, and therefore sees no basis for opening the criminal proceedings in regards of the alleged criminal offense in the framework of the project “The Krievu Sala Infrastructure Development for Relocation of the Port Operation from the City Center” implementation. The Freeport of Riga has appealed the State Audit Office report and the Supreme Court has decided to rule on the merits, which is the first case in Latvia.
- Published on Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:09
On August 31, 2016, the Freeport of Riga Board has decided to employ an independent international company KPMG to audit the Freeport of Riga Authority financial statements and consolidated financial statements and prepare the auditor's report. The contract on auditing financial statements will be signed for the next three years.
- 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
- The Freeport of Riga attracts foreign diplomats
- Chinese businessmen visited the Freeport of Riga
- The Freeport of Riga Authority participates in the “Green Cruise Port” project