• 2016 February 20 13:17

    Cargo turnover volume at the Freeport of Riga complies with the last 5-year average

    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, the port’s press center says. 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).

    The Freeport of Riga Board Chairman Mr. Andris Ameriks stressed: “Unfortunately, we still continue to feel the effects of geopolitical events. However, being aware of the potential impact of the EU and Russia’s sanctions on the handled cargo volume, the Freeport of Riga Board forecasted a 10% reduction in 2016; therefore we expected an 8-9% decrease in the revenues in 2016 compared to 2015. It is important to emphasize, that despite the cargo turnover drop, the Freeport of Riga maintains its status of the Baltic leading port”. In addition, it should be noted that currently stevedores are still extending and concluding new contracts with cargo carriers, and therefore more accurate trends of transit cargo flow will occur around March.

    In January 2016, compared to the first months of 2015, the turnover decreased in all cargo segments - 1, 98 million tons of dry bulk cargo (-3.4% or -69.6 thousand tons), 871.9 thousand tons of liquid bulk cargo (-6.2% or -58.1 thousand tons) and 412.2 thousand tons of various general cargo (-21.1% or -110.3 thousand tons) were handled at the Freeport.

    In the dry bulk segment the largest increase was registered in cereals (+60.6 thousand tons, or 2.1 times more), bulk chemicals (+ 16.5%, or +41.9 thousand tons) and wood chips (+77, 6% or +31.2 thousand tons). Although 1.18 million tons of coal were handled at the port in January, compared to January 2015 the volume decreased by 9.8% (-127.8 thousand tons.).

    The volume of handled container cargo decreased in January as well. Despite the fact that the number of container ships’ calls to the port correspond to January 2015 figures, the transported cargo turnover decreased by 21.2% (257.4 thousand tons; -69.2 thousand tons). However, as it has already been mentioned, containerized cargo volume decline at all the ports of the Baltic sea eastern coast was observed as early as in 2015.The experts attributed that to the introduction of economic sanctions by the European Union and Russia, that had a negative impact on commodity flows, which make up the bulk of the containerized cargo volume.

    In January 2016, 868.4 thousand tons of oil products were handled at the Freeport of Riga, it is by 5.6% less (-51.1 thousand tons) in comparison with January 2015.

    In January 2016, the port served 33.4 thousand passengers, which is by 5.4% more compared to the beginning of 2015. The positive dynamics was enhanced by a cruise ship, calling the Freeport of Riga, that brought 1.5 thousand passengers to the capital of Latvia.

2018 February 24

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2018 February 22

18:25 European Commission fines maritime car carriers, parts suppliers in three separate cartel settlements
18:11 Port of Gdansk expects multimilloin investments
17:51 Port of St. Petersburg bunker prices edge up (graph)
17:35 Russia’s antitrust regulator gives Transneft green light on Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port deal
17:02 Maersk Line announces an increase in FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
16:02 The tall ship that harnesses the wind to recharge its batteries
15:29 Port of Tallinn opens passenger terminal A renovated arrivals hall
15:13 MABUX: Bunker market may continue moderate upward evolution next week
15:02 GoodBulk announces delivery of two Capesize vessels
14:40 New product tanker of RTS27M series Balt Flot 20 takes to the water at Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard
14:02 European Commission issues decision concerning the Violation of European Antitrust Law
13:35 Vostochny Port JSC picks contractors for coal transfer stations Phase 3 project
13:32 HMM reaches over 10,000 TEU in terms of volume of its US Premium Service
13:02 Boskalis receives EUR 300 million Letter of Award for Singapore Finger Pier 3 development
12:24 Northwest Seaport Alliance container volumes decline in January
12:17 Bunker prices in Far East seaports close the week flat
12:12 Rolls-Royce to supply propellers and mission bay technology for UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship
10:41 Crude oil futures prices fell 0.81% to $64,89 in London, in New York – by 1.07% to $61,02
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10:05 CMA CGM announces GRR from the U.A.E. to West Africa
09:18 Waterborne passenger traffic in Ukraine plummets 44.4% in January
09:13 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1146 points
09:05 Konecranes strengthens its bulk handling presence in Japan with a Model 4 mobile harbor crane
08:17 World port accelerator programme PortXL to be launched in Singapore

2018 February 21

19:06 Russia’s State Duma set to change tariff policy to lend a helping hand to inland water transport
18:07 ONE, OOCL and SACO Shipping use booking tool eBooking
17:43 Renovated Stena Line Terminal at Europoort starts operation
17:06 Project to map ocean floor by 2030 now operational
16:52 Rosterminalugol export coal terminal handles 3-millionth tonne YTD
16:22 Zelenodolsk Shipyard to host keel-laying of 11th Buyan-M class corvette, Feb. 23
15:03 Launching of RST27M Balt Flot 20 at Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard slated for Feb. 22
14:14 NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2017
13:18 ATOMFLOT says Russia needs nine more icebreakers for the Northern Sea Route by 2025
13:01 Clarksons Platou collaborates with Maersk Line to provide shipping services in Egypt
12:43 Big Port of St. Petersburg imposes ice restrictions in the harbour effective as of March 7, 2018
12:31 Castellammare Di Stabia starts slipway works on the multipurpose amphibious unit
12:10 Rosterminalugol transferred over RUB 1.5bn of taxes to different budgets
12:01 Panama Canal hosts Cheniere Energy to discuss LNG’s Future at the waterway
11:25 MOL car carrier rescues castaways in the North Atlantic Ocean
10:53 Crude oil futures prices edge down 0.8% to $64,73 in London and 1% to $61,17 in New York
10:46 Sovcomflot and Shell ink time-charter agreements for Aframax LNG-powered duo
10:35 Vostochny Port obtains ISO 14001:2015 certificate
09:48 Port of St. Petersburg bunker prices move upward
09:26 Baltic Dry Index rises 2.76% to 1117 points

2018 February 20

18:37 Time is running out to register for the Dangerous Goods: New Requirements for Transportation Conference, March 1, 2018
18:31 Russian association of fishery businesses call to revise a 'fishing quotas per a keel' terms
18:06 AVANZA completes a successful trial with Daikin Reefer
17:38 The Maritime CIO Forume Cyprus 2018 to be held in Limassol, March 27
17:03 DNV GL issues over 50,000 electronic certificates
16:55 RIMS secured a further class approval from Korean Register of Shipping for the use of drones during surveys
16:39 Taganrog Commercial Sea Port spent $156 000 on environment protection in 2017
16:34 Wärtsilä and Maersk Drilling create a joint 25-year strategy for thruster services to increase uptime and reduce costs
16:04 Post-Brexit port health border disruption still a major concern for British ports
15:34 Goltens teams up with Yara Marine on SOx scrubbers
15:21 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port earmarked $74,4 to support social programmes in 2017
15:04 US Navy awards concept design contract to Fincantieri to evolve FREMM into FFG(X)
14:32 Port of Marseille Fos traffic up 8% in 2017
14:02 The largest vessel enters Busan Port since its opening