• 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 April 25

13:02 APL enhances China-Indonesia trade lane with new China Southeast Asia Service 6
12:37 Ventis and OSM form JV for “K” Line LNG vessel crewing
12:06 Vostochny Port participated in 15th specialized international conference “Coaltrans China”
11:42 Bunker prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:18 Ukraine’s water transport carried 2,000 passengers in Jan-March'17, down 43.6%, Y-o-Y
10:59 First shiploader delivered to Vostochny Port’s Phase 3 (photo)
10:24 Brent Crude futures price up 0.44% to $55.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $49.44
10:05 Zelenodolsk Plant Named After M. Gorky lays down tenth small-size missile ship of Project 21631 for RF Navy (photo)
09:33 Port of Gdansk throughput up 0.7% to 8.86 mln t in Jan-March'17
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,170 points

2017 April 24

18:07 DOF Subsea purchased shares in Canadian Subsea Shipping Company AS
17:49 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 9.3% to 0.9 mln t in QI’2017
17:30 Shearwater GeoServices receives TGS Irish Atlantic Margin award
17:02 DOF awarded extension with Statoil for the vessel Skandi Vega
16:36 DHT Holdings announces delivery of two VLCCs from BW Group
16:23 Rosmorport prepares seaport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy for cruise navigation season of 2017
15:59 Icebreaker assistance services will not be provided at port Primorsk (Leningrad Region) from April 25
15:31 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 9,649 in RF spot market
15:03 ICTSI services inaugural call of Evergreen’s Kor-Twn-Phl route in Subic
14:50 IMO in China to share policies and regulations update
14:27 Big Port St. Petersburg stops providing icebreaker assistance services from April 25
14:03 HELCOM Pressure Group meeting focuses on reducing the input of nutrients into the Baltic Sea
13:41 Belgium accedes to oil pollution response treaty
13:20 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant launches fourth boom-laying boat of Project А-40–2Б-ЯР (photo)
13:02 Ocean Alliance prepares to call at Wilhelmshaven
12:42 Rail Baltica Global CBA confirms the project's financial and economical viability
12:19 Kimmo Rahkamo appointed CEO of Skangas
12:01 Nakilat concludes first quarter with net profit of QR 191 million
11:26 Pacific Fleet ship detachment finished its visit to the Philippines
11:23 Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries attracts 300 billion won investment via pre-IPO
11:04 TransContainer’s net income increased more than 2.3 times to RUB 1,237 million
10:40 Yantar Shipyard laid down rescue support ship of Project 23700, Voyevoda, for RF Ministry of Industry and Trade (photo)
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.72% to $52.82, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.64% to $49.95
09:39 ABP South Wales offers bespoke solutions to Hinkley Point C suppliers
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,195 points

2017 April 23

08:23 Freeport of Riga CEO position to be announced this week
08:20 MPI Offshore and Vroon Offshore Services collaborate to provide offshore services for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
08:17 Christening of EasyMax vessel Egbert Wagenborg takes place
08:16 HRADF announces three improved binding financial offers for Thessaloniki Port Authority SA
08:11 Ocean Rig announces extension of Drill Rigs Holdings early consent deadline

2017 April 22

08:25 Norway is first to ratify 2010 compensation regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes
08:03 Polarcus Amani delivered to Sovcomflot
08:01 Concordia Maritime charters two ECO MR tankers
07:59 DEME acquires new dredging contracts in Germany, France, UK and Spain
07:54 Two Damen companies to combine their specific skill sets
07:49 Ireland’s port traffic remains strong in 2016 despite challenging trading environment

2017 April 21

18:01 President of the Philippines visited RF Navy’s Varyag missile cruiser in the port of Manila
17:40 Shipbuilding cluster to be created in the Astrakhan Region
17:15 Bill on transit cargo transportation supported by RF Government with some comments and proposals
16:52 Commander of Varyag cruiser of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet had a meeting with Philippine Navy Commander
16:31 Gates on the Upper Volga can be opened ahead of schedule as requested by ship owners – Rosmorrechflot
16:06 Active search of crewmembers of dry cargo ship Geroi Arsenala is over in the Black Sea
15:48 Superficial structure of the Ice-Resistant Platform-2 escorted along the Volga-Caspian Marine Shipping Canal
15:24 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Panama, the Caribbean and Cuba on PEX2 service
15:09 World's bunker market still in waiting mood, expert says
14:55 Indicative bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
14:23 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa trades
14:02 Navios Maritime Partners agrees to acquire 14-vessel container fleet from Rickmers Maritime
13:41 Moscow will host Midstream & Downstream Russia & CIS on 22-23 June, 2017
13:23 Siem Offshore announces charter contracts