• 2017 June 30 11:15

    The Freeport of Riga Board unanimously approved Ansis Zeltins as the Freeport of Riga CEO

    On June 28, the Freeport of Riga Board unanimously approved an experienced professional in the transport and logistics sector Mr. Ansis Zeltins as the Freeport of Riga CEO. The Freeport of Riga says CEO Candidate Selection and Assessment Commission in compliance with the open competition Regulations evaluated 24 applicants in several rounds, and finally presented Mr.Zeltins’ candidacy to the FPR Board for approval. In order for Mr.Zeltins to be in office, the approval of the Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis is still to be obtained.

    In accordance with the procedure set out in the “Law On Ports”, a further meeting of the Freeport of Riga Board will be convened following the approval of the Minister of Transport, in the framework of which a final decision on the appointment of A. Zeltins as the Freeport of Riga CEO will be taken.

    “I am pleased that, despite the sceptics’ opinions, in the relatively short time and in compliance with the open competition procedure, we have succeeded in finding an appropriate candidate for the position of the Freeport of Riga CEO. The qualification and experience of Ansis Zeltins are highly appreciated by the competition Commission, which unanimously awarded him with the biggest amount of the points in the second and third rounds of the competition and decided to propose Mr. A. Zeltins’ candidacy to the Freeport of Riga's Board during its meeting. The Freeport of Riga Board with unanimous support confirmed his candidacy for the CEO position”, emphasized the Freeport of Riga Board Chairman Andris Ameriks.

    Ansis Zeltins was born in 1975, he holds a professional Bachelor’s/Master's degree in Maritime Transport, awarded by the Latvian Maritime Academy, as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Salford University, the United Kingdom. A.Zeltins' professional experience is related both to the shipping industry (Master's assistant on Aframax cargo vessels) and to the top management positions in the private and public sectors in the­­ field of transport and logistics. At present, A. Zeltins holds the position of the Chairman of the Council of the SJSC “Latvijas dzelzcels (Latvian Railway)”, he is the director and member of the board of the LLC “Rīgas brīvostas flote (Freeport of Riga Fleet)”, as well as an advisor to the Chairman of the board of the SJSC “Latvijas Jūras administrācija (Latvian Maritime Administration)”. Before that, he was a transport sector Attaché in the European Union, the Director of the State Joint Stock Company “Latvijas Jūras administrācija (Latvian Maritime Administration)”, and also worked in leading positions in several private companies related to the transport and logistics sector.

    In accordance with the approved Regulations, the open competition was organized in three rounds – during the first round  assessment of the applicant's compliance with the general criteria was checked, the second round was focused on the applicant's specific, industry-related knowledge and skills, while on-site interviews of applicants took place during the third round. The regulations provide that an applicant should have higher academic or second level vocational training in management, finance, economics or engineering, while education, related to the transport sector (port management, transport and logistics) or to maritime activities (navigation, ship steering) is an advantage. A minimum of 5 years of professional top managerial experience in large-scale capital companies or public institutions or organizations was also required. High standards of language skills were set for an applicant - the highest level of the national language skills, and at least English and Russian language skills.

    With regard to the applicant's specific, industry-related skills and knowledge, a deep understanding of the port operation and normative acts, experience in strategic development and management, financial and planning issues, as well as experience in international cooperation were required - the applicant had to justify all the competences in writing. Besides, an applicant had to boast an excellent reputation.

    The Freeport of Riga CEO Position Candidate Selection and Assessment Commission, approved by the Freeport of Riga Board, selected and evaluated the eligible candidates. The Commission consisted of the SJSC “Latvijas Jūras administrācija (Latvian Maritime Administration)” Board Chairman Janis Krastins (Ministry of Transport representative), Head of the Administration of the Ministry of Finance  Ieva Braunfelde (Ministry of Finance representative), Director of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance Andris Grafs (Ministry of Economy representative), Chairman  of the limited liability company “Latvijas Vides, ģeoloģijas un meteoroloģijas centrs (Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center)” Kristaps Treimanis (Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry representative), the Riga City Council Legal Department Director Janis Liepins (Riga City Council representative), the Riga City Council Property Department  Commercial Activity Provision Authority Chief Ilze Spule - Statkus (Riga City Council representative) and the Attorney at Law Modris Supe (the Freeport of Riga Authority representative).  Mr.Aleksandrs Muhlinkins, Latvian Free Trade Union Vice-President, Ms.Katrina Zarina, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board member and the representative of the Latvian Employers Confederation were approved in an advisory capacity to the Commission. 

     




2018 December 18

18:21 Uniper SE and MOL enter into agreement on FSRU project in Germany, and one additional LNG transportation agreement
18:00 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.3% to 8.47 billion tonnes in 11M’18
17:46 Rolls-Royce to deliver advanced ship technology to two more expedition cruise vessels for Mystic Cruises
17:43 Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth enters LR class
17:27 SOL adds Finnish port of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad to the Zeebrugge route network
17:04 Finnpilot Pilotage BoD decided for no increase in the pilotage fees for 2019
16:42 GTT bags yet another tank design order for LNGC duo
16:38 PRA starts construction of new plastics recycling facility at the Port of Amsterdam
16:25 Arctia and Meritaito join forces to expand their range of services
16:09 Crowley integrates DFTS management into government solutions group to unify supply chain services
15:42 KN enhances its relations with American LNG giants
15:18 BW Group Limited purchased 137,000 shares
14:53 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 680 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
14:28 Shell Oman and Port of Duqm ink agreement to develop fuel bunkering facilities
14:11 Golar LNG receives LNTP for an FLNG vessel for Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim Project P1, West Africa
13:47 WEG and Praxis sign MoU to support Damen Saab bid for the Brazilian Navy
13:41 Eni gets approval of the investment plan for Merakes Development Project in Indonesia
13:22 Sovcomflot closes USD 264 million long-term revolving credit facility
12:58 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 Antwerp, Belgium will host the 3rd European Environmental Ports Conference on 12-13 June 2019
12:19 Keppel receives limited notice to proceed for GIMI FLNG
11:57 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 17-18
11:35 Terna’s MONITA HVDC Project: Nexans reaches key milestone with successful completion of submarine power cable
11:10 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 17.96 million TEUs in Jan-Nov’18
10:46 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 11M’18 down 1.8% Y-o-Y to 45.49 million tonnes
10:23 Maersk announces rate increase for Far East to North Europe trade
10:05 Brent Crude futures price down 1.53% to $58.72, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.61% to $49.39
09:47 Austal export opportunity supported by Australian Government financing
09:31 Rosatom drafted Rules for providing navigational and hydrographic support in NSR waters
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,406 points

2018 December 17

18:23 Sembcorp Marine retains its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider with newbuilds projects delivered in 2018
18:02 USPA announced tenders for dredging in Mariupol and Berdiansk seaports
17:48 SITC holds naming and delivery ceremony for M/V SITC SENDAI
17:37 ONE to implement LSF surcharge in China and Taiwan
17:15 NCSP Group's consolidated cargo turnover for January-October totaled 116,946 thousand tons
16:41 Moody's reaffirms Panama Canal's A2 long-term rating with stable outlook
16:26 Port of Oakland shatters 11-year-old record for November imports
15:54 Yamal LNG will build one more natural gas liquefaction facility
15:27 Nor-Shipping and Nordic Innovation team up for “Sea Meets Land” funding initiative
15:17 PETRONAS releases Annual Activity Outlook report for 2019-2021
14:56 NOVATEK elects a new member to the Management Board
14:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 15,328 in RF spot market
14:13 Damen’s triple delivery for Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting
13:41 Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy warships practice inspection operation as part of Indra Navy 2018 Russian-Indian naval exercise
13:19 Queen Máxima christens Van Oord's TSHD Vox Amalia
12:58 9 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 16-17
12:36 Samsung Heavy Industries secures yet another contract for an LNGC
12:23 Saab secures shipping safety contract for Shangai container port
12:00 Composit supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:42 Milaha unveils large plans to upgrade its shipyard in Mesaieed
11:01 IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety
10:43 SENER to design passenger vessel for Tanzanian ferry operator
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.21% to $51.58
09:58 Port of Singapore throughput in 11M’18 grew by 0.4% Y-o-Y to 575.44 million tonnes
09:40 Floating regasification plant “Marshal Vasilevsky” arrives in Kaliningrad
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,401 points

2018 December 16

16:09 Navios Acquisition completes acquisition of Navios Midstream
15:23 Thun Tankers names environmentally adapted tanker Thun Evolve
13:21 Traxens trials IoT network in port environment for first time, at MSC Terminal Valencia
12:32 Executives must watch both sea and air amid trade war tensions, warns Xeneta