• 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. 

     




2017 December 16

07:46 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
06:51 Hapag-Lloyd announces new rates from Far East Westbound East Asia (including Japan) to Europe N.C. and Mediterranean
06:49 Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam to launch a pilot project with ‘fixed windows’ for inland vessels with large call sizes
06:45 Miriam Maes to succeed Rutger van Slobbe as Chair of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Advisory Board
06:37 DNV GL launches first class guideline for additive manufacturing

2017 December 15

23:12 Russia and USA filed first ever joint note to IMO on shipping in Bering Strait and Bering Sea
18:20 Onezhsky Shipyard launched self-propelled hopper Silnaya (photo)
18:06 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Marstein
17:06 The Port of Gdansk to expand the Oliwskie Quay
16:50 Russia’s State Duma approves ensuring the priority of ships flying RF flag in the segment of short-sea shipping
16:21 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:34 Construction at NIBULON’s transshipment terminal in Mykolaiv is in full swing
14:45 Klaipėdos Nafta and Eesti Gaas begin cooperation in small-scale LNG distribution business
14:18 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Korea Shipowners’ Association as first sub-Arctic member
13:51 Baltic Workboats delivered 24m combat pollution and diving support vessel to Port of Klaipeda
13:29 WMU Executive Board 21st Session meets in London
12:56 Marine Recruiting Agency launches training project for Rosterminalugol
12:33 Skangas to source LNG at import terminal on Isle of Grain, UK
12:10 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 9.6% to 933 million tons in Jan - Nov 2017
11:58 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company holds training with participation of crane ships crew
11:32 Africa maritime cooperation centre launched
11:09 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14% to 13.1 mln t in 11M’17
10:44 Brent Crude futures price up 0.11% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.39% to $57.26
10:30 Rolls-Royce delivers first mobile MTU gas engines for Rederij Doeksen
10:11 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 39.21 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 6.5% Y-o-Y
09:57 IAA PortNews offers video of virtual round-table meeting “Best practices of coal transshipment in Russian ports”
09:32 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,668 points
09:16 GTT signs new Global Services Agreement with Chevron Transport Corporation
08:25 Safe Bulkers announces acquisition of a Post-Panamax class dry-bulk vessel
07:05 Port of Los Angeles sets new record for highest monthly container volumes
06:04 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
05:04 The Foundation Det Norske Veritas assumes full ownership of DNV GL
04:43 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion wins contract for first European conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel LNG / MGO

2017 December 14

18:03 Bunker prices still maintain the potential for growth
18:02 Pacific centre launches on low-carbon shipping mission
17:37 Gazprom and Shell to handle oversized equipment for Baltic LNG at Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:29 Key decisions from MEPC 71 related to implementing BWM Convention outlined at BWMTech London Conference
17:05 Ulstein and TTS shortlisted for OSJ Innovation Award
16:35 HHI Group receives support of LR in building an LNG-fuelled future
16:05 Aker Solutions secures subsea services agreement with Statoil
15:50 Commercial Sea Port of Kandalaksha handled 1.46 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 3 times Y-o-Y
15:36 Special issue of PortNews magazine published for Transport Week is available online
15:25 United Nations experts endorse RF initiative
15:07 BASF extend their fleet with another Konecranes barge handler
14:52 Infrastructure development will be one of priorities of Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term
14:45 CMA CGM launches new, innovative and complementary set of products
14:03 Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships
13:31 CLdN adds fourth weekly sailing between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge
13:01 GTT and Korean DSEC sign Technical Assistance and License Agreement
12:29 IMO encourages member countries to ratify and enforce the London Protocol to prohibit dumping at sea
12:00 Bahri welcomes Abdullah Aldubaikhi as new CEO
11:30 Bunker fuel is still in short supply at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:01 Port of Oakland import volume ahead of last year’s pace
10:40 Outright prohibition of heavy fuel in the Arctic is not reasonable – maritime administrations of Russia and Finland
10:21 Brent Crude futures price up 0.58% to $62.8, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.18% to $56.7
10:14 ABS awarded contract by Cenac Marine Services to support compliance with US Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements
09:59 Russia and Finland have similar positions on double control of fuel used by vessels
09:30 Amsterdam joins the ‘Premier League’ in the ethanol market
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,730 points
08:28 APL introduces mobile application for container tracking