• 2016 October 26 10:49

    Port of Riga is expecting 88 cruise ship calls in 2017

    The Freeport of Riga Authority (RBP) says it 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.

    The Freeport of Riga Authority participated in the “SeatradeMed” conference together with the SIA “Rīgas Pasažieru Termināls” (Riga Passenger Terminal), using the platform, provided by the  cruise organization “Cruise Europe”. The most important news for the port of Riga, which was voiced both from the conference podium and confirmed during a meeting with representatives of the cruise lines, is an excellent next year forecast for the Baltic Sea region in regards of cruise sphere, including the port of Riga. In the framework of negotiations with cruise lines, it was mentioned, that now the advantages of the Baltic Sea region are being highly appreciated due to the current geopolitical situation. Although our region is relatively expensive for navigation, it is safe and well-organized. Currently, these aspects are particularly assessed in the light of problems in other European regions - unsettled security issues, refugees, terrorism, natural disasters.  Previously, the Baltic Sea region was often criticized at cruise industry events for high costs and emissions of sulfur. At the moment, due to the situation in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and Europe in general, the cruise lines’ perception of our region has changed. At the same time, the official conference speakers highlighted such problems of the European cruise ports as overload, environmental pollution and the increasing size of ships.Still the Baltic Sea ports better handle these challenges - they focus on their operation, and professionally address the problems in a timely manner.

    During the conference session “Ports&Cities” the city and the port cooperation formula for successful cruise development was identified, which is also essential to Riga as a cruise destination:

    Successful cooperation between the Port and the City = Understanding (clear understanding of everybody’s role) + Social Support (from the residents / city authorities) + Vision (future development).

    The FPRA Marketing Department  Cruise industry expert Ms.Laura Apoga: “By participating in “SeatradeMed” event we  are promoting  Riga as a major cruise destination. We have met existing customers and are preparing for cruise activity increase during the next season. In 2017 the Riga port is expecting 88 cruise ship calls - and with the aim to prepare for the next cruise season both the FPRA and the SIA “Riga Passenger Terminal” representatives met with clients, coordinated their activities and addressed technical issues.”




2019 September 15

15:47 M/V "SARA” refused access to the Paris MoU region
14:26 USCG assisted capsized USFSP sail students in St. Petersburg, Florida
12:02 World’s largest wind turbine blade test stand built by Siemens Gamesa
11:21 IMCA to introduce CPD scheme for diving supervisors
10:51 L3Harris Technologies delivers new advanced autonomous vehicle capability to UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

2019 September 14

15:29 Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after protest demonstration
13:39 Crondall Energy partners with Pharis Energy on innovative Pilot Field development
12:08 Prysmian's new cable-laying vessel Leonardo da Vinci scheduled for delivery in 2Q 2021
10:32 Woodside invests in emerging technology for seismic data acquisition

2019 September 13

18:06 Sture terminal situation normalised
17:47 Malaysia encourages gender diversity in the maritime industry
17:24 Multipurpose ship of Project MPSV12, Kalas, successfully completed sea trials
17:06 Frontline extends expiry date of first option for two Trafigura Suezmax tankers
16:30 ABP to welcome Royal Navy’s HMS Grimsby into Port of Grimsby
16:25 Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System chosen for retrofitting to four Korean vessels
16:05 Multi Modal Rail B.V. (MMR) launches rail service between Rotterdam and Ottmarsheim, France
15:48 ABP and WISTA UK host 'Women in Maritime' reception during LISW
15:09 Shearwater GeoServices awarded large South America survey
14:26 ABB enables emissions-free port stay in Marseille for Corsica Linea ferries
14:09 Start of the project “Dredging the Nieuwe Diep – Port of Den Helder”
13:45 First ever ABB electric propulsion to be installed on board a bulk carrier
13:20 Port of Oakland opens peak season with cargo volume growth
12:47 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 8M’2019 fell by 30% Y-o-Y to 22.35 million tonnes
12:09 MOL starts demonstration test of vessel image recognition system using AI technology on Nippon Maru
11:28 RS introduces new requirements into Part I of Rules for Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships
11:09 Rolls-Royce achieves 50th MT30 production milestone
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10:09 Port of Long Beach cargo volumes hit 663,992 TEUs in August 2019
10:04 Port Napier, NZ, places order for Damen ATD Tug 2412
09:51 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:34 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.28% to $60.21, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.24% to $54.96
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,331 points
09:10 Antwerp and Rotterdam Port Authorities ask new European Commission and Parliament to focus on the economic significance of ports
09:03 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 13

2019 September 12

18:12 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Aug’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 7.60 million tonnes
17:51 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Aug’2019 fell by 30% Y-o-Y to 810,300 tonnes
17:27 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Aug'2019 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 12.75 million tonnes
16:50 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Aug’2019 grew by 16% Y-o-Y to 41.57 million tonnes
16:24 Vestdavit equips Norwegian Coast Guard’s next generation for Polar boat launch and recovery
16:03 Administration and personnel of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg sign new Collective Agreement
15:45 SCF Group and NYK Line sign USD 176 million credit facility for eight years with three leading international banks
15:24 Towing and supplying vessel of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company put back into operation
14:46 FESCO new vessel started working on a regular sea line connecting Magadan and Primorski Krai
14:24 Equinor gets consent for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea
14:02 GTT supports 3rd Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” as its sponsor
13:43 Volvo Penta’s latest D6 propulsion package set new standards for high-speed vessels
13:23 Eagle Bulk Shipping takes delivery of M/V Dublin Eagle
13:11 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:50 UK Government backs cutting-edge tech to drive down shipping emissions
12:29 Super-efficient Wasaline ferry to get Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum navigation system
12:12 Port of Ust-Luga handled 69.96 million tonnes in 8M’19, up 7% Y-o-Y
11:47 LNG production and shipment facility in Kaliningrad Region to be launched before the end of 2019
11:24 Throughput of Russian seaports in 8M'2019 grew by 2.9% to 556.3 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
10:55 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 8M'2019 climbed by 2% Y-o-Y to 40.17 million tonnes
10:09 GTT receives two new orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries
09:56 Dredging at the seaway canal of Kaliningrad estimated at 30 million cbm
09:38 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,366 points
09:17 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.76% to $61.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.93% to $56.27
09:09 The Gothenburg Port Authority holds early dialogue to prepare for fairway project
08:51 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 12