• 2017 March 19 13:40

    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, the company said in its press release. 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.

    The most significant contribution to the growth of container cargo turnover was provided last year by the largest, most modern and the only specialized container handling terminal at the Port of Riga – SIA “Baltic Container Terminal” (BCT), its turnover in 2016 increased by 12.8% and it handled 68% of all containerized cargo at the port.

    In terms of turnover BCT is the largest container terminal in the Baltic States. The company's key to success is consistent terminal modernization and introduction of the newest technologies, particularly in the IT sector, with the aim to adapt to market development and growing customer requirements. Due to the implementation of the latest technologies and IT solutions, the terminal operation is optimized to shorten the time of vessel handling, as every hour at berth creates additional costs for the company's clients. The introduction of the new management systems enhances the company's competitiveness, terminal operation becomes more efficient, more effective and more transparent to its clients. By connecting to terminal systems, the clients are able to track the movement of their container. This in turn fosters customer trust and confidence in the operation of the terminal.

    In regards of information technology the BCT is the unequivocal leader in the Baltic States. A new and very modern terminal management system (Terminal Operating System - TOS) NAVIS N4 version 3.1 was launched last year. The system provides all container processing cycle management in real-time regime. It consists of container planning, vessel scheduling and equipment control modules that together provide an effective vessel service and the entire handling process planning, from container unloading up to container loading. Baltic Container Terminal TOS new version is the first system of its kind in Eurasia.

    The new TOS system is connected to other terminal management systems and modules, which have been running at the BCT for several years. This system is based on the advanced IT solutions’ integration into container handling process, and it provides the possibility to automate a large portion of container handling processes at the terminal. Processes related to vessel, gate and railway operations are automated by using optical character recognition technology, as well as image capture and processing algorithms. As a result, all the handled containers are photographed, thus detecting possible damage at an early stage. Accordingly, container delivery and acceptance process efficiency is enhanced, human error number is reduced, the quality of services is improved and operation efficiency improvement is ensured.

    One of the container carriage enhancement methods is using bigger vessels for container shipping. According to cargo statistics, last year the average size of container carriers at the port of Riga increased by 14.5%. In 2016 the MSC liner Alexa (42,307 GT, 3,300 TEU) was served at the Baltic Container Terminal, it was the largest liner - container carrier in the history of the port. To remain competitive, the company should adapt to customer requirements and be able to attend to larger size vessels at the terminal within increasingly shorter deadlines. Therefore, in parallel with introduction of new IT solutions, funds are being constantly invested by the BCT into the modernization of the terminal and its capacity building. In recent years, a new modern container crane with a higher lifting capacity, dimensions and cargo handling speed was mounted, new railway access tracks were built and the existing tracks were upgraded, a new warehouse was built and this year construction of another warehouse will be started. Future plans include berth extension and expansion of the container storage.

    The Freeport of Riga is the largest port in Latvia. In 2016 cargo turnover volume amounted to 37 million tons. The Freeport of Riga is a multi-functional port with a modern and secure infrastructure, where high quality services are provided by 194 private enterprises operating at the port, including 35 stevedoring companies (cargo handling terminals).

    The Freeport of Riga Authority (FPRA) manages the port, and is responsible for the maintenance of the port infrastructure, for the port security, as well as for the port land and infrastructure leasing to private enterprises. The FPRA is the executive body that implements the Freeport of Riga Board decisions on port development. The FPRA is not engaged in commercial activities at the port. Its revenues consist of port dues, collected from the vessels, as well as of land and berth rent fees. The FPRA operates in compliance with the principles of non-profit organizations - its financial resources are spent only for the port management and development.




2017 May 28

08:59 Carnival Corporation to offer Alipay payment services onboard its fleet in Asia
05:57 Majestic Princess begins journey to China along the Silk Road sea route

2017 May 27

15:56 US Commission meets to discuss regulatory reform initiative & ocean carrier alliances
15:54 Seaspan accepts delivery of 14000 TEU SAVER Containership
07:48 DNV GL releases the new issue of MARITIME IMPACT magazine
07:45 Yilport starts investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes

2017 May 26

18:07 OOCL enhances Intra-Asia service network by launching the ITS and VJS products
17:48 Biofouling was on the agenda at the latest in a series of IMO workshops
17:40 Wärtsilä’s hybrid system increases offshore supply vessel’s engine efficiency
17:24 IMO treaty supporting free flow of international maritime traffic is the subject of a regional seminar in Bangkok
16:52 JSC “Latvijas kuģniecība” posts net profit of USD 0.16 mln in Q1 2017
16:00 Shanghai Maritime Court representatives visit WMU
15:33 Europort Masterclasses shape industry thinking
15:09 Press-conference devoted to new cruise opportunities held onboard Princess Anastasia in St. Petersburg
14:45 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg hosted business meeting with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Arctur Travel
14:11 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg BoD held regular meeting on 24 May 2017
13:36 Hydrographic boat of Project К 1100 Meridian launched at the port of Kaliningrad (photo)
12:58 MOL launches R & D on autonomous ocean transport system
12:27 Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop held in Auckland, New Zealand on 22-26 May
12:10 London will host 8th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response on 13-14 September 2017
11:39 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon
11:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Astarte with Glencore and m/v Erato with Phaethon
10:43 Training with all-arms forces of RF Navy's Northern Fleet started in the Barents Sea
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.60% to $51.13, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.78% to $48.52
10:06 Jacksonville harbor deepening awarded $17.5M in federal funding for construction
09:48 Indicative bunker prices continue going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:31 Navios Maritime Partners acquires five 4,250 TEU container vessels from Rickmers Maritime
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 918 points
08:06 BPA attracts SM Line to bolster cargo volume at Busan Port
06:26 NYK bulk carrier rescues fishermen off the coast of Peru

2017 May 25

18:30 Rostov Port Group partners with Donskoy Krepezh to acquire 80% of interest in construction company PROSPEKT
17:06 Panama Canal sets new record for largest-capacity vessel
16:17 BMT signs submarine framework agreement in Norway
15:02 RF Navy's Pacific Ocean Fleet detachment finished its visit to Jakarta
14:30 RF Ministry of Agriculture approves Strategy of sea terminals servicing fishing ships
14:15 Scorpio Tankers to merge with Navig8 Product Tankers
14:14 Norwegian Bliss' keel laying ceremony held at MEYER WERFT in Germany
13:37 NSAG joint venture wins contract to supply Integrated Platform Management Systems
13:21 Liability cover for Antarctic waters
12:40 New service for project cargo to the Arctic Ocean
12:39 DryShips announces delivery of its newbuilding Suezmax tanker
12:13 Cruise ship Costa NeoRomantica will make her maiden call at port Vladivostok on May 30 (photo)
11:39 Сore functions of London Protocol to participants at workshop in Accra, Ghana
10:55 Arctia strengthens its customer relations team
10:17 Gazprom Neft reports record net income for Q1 2017
09:46 Brent Crude futures price up 0.80% to $54.39, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.76% to $51.75
09:28 Baltic Dry Index down to 934 points
09:12 Keppel secures contract to build LNG carriers worth over S$100m
08:39 Nor Lines and Rolls-Royce sign landmark Power-by-the-hour service agreement
08:14 Wärtsilä propellers and shaft generator system chosen for two new RoRo vessels

2017 May 24

18:01 Finnish Business Community took over AEC Chairmanship at AEC Annual Meeting
17:55 Port of Hamburg’s total throughput up by 1.7 percent at 35.4 million tons in the first quarter of 2017
17:44 RAO/CIS Offshore to be held on 12 - 15 September 2017 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
17:41 Piraeus Port Authority investment plans tabled at 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum
17:37 Greece is open for cruise industry business says Greek minister at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum
17:00 Hapag-Lloyd and UASC complete merger
16:26 Throughput of NCSP Group up 1.4% to 50.6 mln t in 4M’17
16:02 MOL starts initiative to develop enhanced operational support tool
15:37 VSM reports record number of merchant vessel orders received by German yards
15:02 Australia develops new blockchain security architecture TBSx3