• 2017 July 24 17:38

    Freeport of Riga Authority announces winners of Innovation Competition for students “The Port for the City”

    The Freeport of Riga Authority (RBP) says it highly evaluated the idea of the students of the Latvian Maritime Academy to introduce water transport traffic from the distant cruise berths of the port of Riga to the city center. This ambitious and promising   idea won the first prize at the FPRA Innovation Competition for students “The Port for the City”.

    The authors of the idea, Anastasia Knorringa and Veronika Kochergina, explained that the rapid development of ferry and cruise tourism in Riga is limited by the fact, that there are only two berths at Riga Passenger Port where these vessels can be moored. “During the port cruise season, 87 cruise ship calls are expected   this year, but it is not always possible to moor them at the Passenger Port berths, sometimes the technical characteristics of individual vessels (ship particulars) do not allow them to moor at these berths. As a result, these vessels are being accommodated at other berths of the Freeport,  and due to that passengers have limited access to the public transport services in order to get to the city center”, commented the students. As a solution, it is proposed to provide traffic of a vessel, with passenger-carrying capacity of up to 150 passengers,   along the Daugava River from remote cruise berths such as those located at Krievu Island. Students promoted this type of passenger transportation as an alternative to taxi, public transport or private carriers. “This method provides for transport movement without delays, traffic jams, and also allows everyone to enjoy the less industrial landscape of the city of Riga,” said the competition winners

    “The introduction of new technologies in accordance with the requirements of the 21st century is an important prerequisite for promoting the competitiveness of the Port of Riga. We would like to thank students for their ideas, as well as the ability to “seize” the opportunity and resolve the most urgent problems of the port”, said the Chairman of the Competition jury, Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga Martins Ziemanis.

    The second prize went to the Riga Business School Students' Team, represented by Karlis Jonass and Martins Schmits, who offered to develop a mobile application for small water craft inbound trip registration, as well as called for the provision of wireless Internet infrastructure at the marinas of the Freeport of Riga. The students’ team presented the demo version of the proposed application to the Competition jury. They expressed the opinion that the current way of informing about the inbound and outbound small craft voyages is not in line with the 21st century's mobile and Internet technologies and does not represent Riga as the modern capital in regards of the   Internet availability.  The third prize was won by students of the University of Latvia Liene Berziņa and Stella Jubalte, who offered to create the Freeport of Riga mascot in the form of a seal.

    The main objective of the competition is to promote implementation of the solutions, that are appropriate for the modern technology age, in the Freeport of Riga (FPR) economic activities. Young people were encouraged to strive for and find new ideas for increasing the competitiveness of the port, focusing on five thematic topics: technology, competitiveness, logistics, environment and marketing. Innovation might be unique, that is, without existing analogous or similar products in the market, or the proposed idea may have already been used elsewhere in the world's ports and a successful solution has been provided.

    The competition was held in two rounds. In the first round, students presented concise descriptions of the suggested ideas, emphasizing the functionality of the solution, the target audience and the problem that it would solve. In the finals the team competed for the first prize: the authors of the most creative ideas presented and defended their ideas in front of a competent jury. The members of the jury: the Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga Martins Ziemanis, Professor of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Management of the University of Latvia Andris Denins, journalist of the newspaper "Diena", writing about economy, Guntars Gute, Acting Rector of the Maritime Academy of Latvia Andrejs Zvaigzne and an expert in information technology, kursors.lv editor Kristaps Skutelis. 

2019 November 13

10:17 Port of San Diego to add seven alternative fuel vehicles to its work fleet
10:16 Environmental legislation on maritime transport will be reformed – focus on waste management
09:50 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.37% to $61.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $56.61
09:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 13
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,354 points

2019 November 12

18:06 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from China to Middle East including Red Sea
17:51 Admiral Makarov SUMIS participates in the international investigative project on oil spill response
17:36 Black Bear Carbon announces Port of Rotterdam as preferred location for new rCB plant in The Netherlands
17:20 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M'2019 grew by 3.2% to 701.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
17:06 MODEC, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni to proceed with the deepwater FPSO charter project for Búzios field of Brazilian offshore pre-salt oil field
17:05 Peninsula Petroleum Group says is ready for IMO 2020
16:38 Metrans receives the first of ten new Vectron locomotives
15:59 New Joint Guidelines from ICS and OCIMF to improve safety in polar waters
15:31 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet participates in exercised in the Sea of Japan
15:04 NMDC to complete fleet-wide conversion to Thordon seawater lubricated composite cutter shaft bearings
14:38 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59, Aleksandr Sokolov
14:03 Damen Marine Components receives steering system contract for SunStone’s fifth Infinity-class 200 pax polar expedition cruise ship
13:35 Glavgosexpertiza of Russia approves survey findings under project for port construction on Novaya Zemlya
13:09 The Port of Gdansk connects Poland and Singapore
13:06 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:43 NMDC to complete fleet-wide conversion to Thordon seawater lubricated composite cutter shaft bearings
12:28 Admiral Makarov SUMIS confirmed unique competence in dynamic positioning operators training
11:44 RINA works with the National Technical University of Athens to support the future Young Engineers in Greece
11:19 IMO launches online tool to smooth reporting formalities
10:47 Montreal, Canada to host 16th Arctic Shipping Summit on 11-12 March 2020
10:25 Number of new watercraft registrations increasing in Finland
10:23 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 12
10:01 Hydrographic surveys in the Vuoksi river system to ensure safe navigation
09:42 Fleet Xpress agreement marks new stage in Bourbon digitalisation strategy for offshore
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.11% to $62.26, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $56.92
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,345 points

2019 November 11

18:33 Alfa Laval opens new global Innovation & Test center outside Copenhagen
18:03 ABS issues industry-leading guide for firefighting for cargo areas of container carriers
17:54 Yantar shipyard launches lead rescue ship of Project 23700 named Voyevoda
17:48 Massterly and the future of autonomous shipping
17:25 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M’19 grew by 3.2% to 701.48 million tonnes
17:03 Wärtsilä and PSA Marine achieve breakthrough in IntelliTug project
16:44 University of Rochester create a metallic structure that won't sink
16:39 Petersburg Oil Terminal transshipped 5.9 million tonnes of oil products in 9M’19, up 3.5% YoY
16:27 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 10M’2019 fell by 8.7% Y-o-Y to 27.3 million tonnes
16:15 LuminUltra warns of increased microbial influenced corrosion with IMO 2020 compliant fuels
16:08 USCG responds to aground Panamian-flagged cargo vessel north of Fishers Island
15:50 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 8,504 in RF spot market
15:37 Damen secures repeat order from B.C. Ferry Services
15:32 Wärtsilä’s single-source capability key to new vessels order
15:29 DP World’s JV wins concession for Berths No 11-12 of Port 2000 in Le Havre
15:02 LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for Q3 and 9M of 2019
14:33 Rail terminal at Kiel’s Schwedenkai will get an additional track
14:19 APEM wins Enterprize Energy offshore wind farm contract
13:42 MCB Group enters the market of insurance expertise
13:21 Fleet Xpress agreement marks new stage in Bourbon digitalisation strategy for offshore
13:00 Bremenports launches campaign in the port Hinterland
12:35 IAPH tools assist safe bunkering of clean marine fuels
12:09 Van Oord announces new Executive Governance structure
11:48 Port of Barcelona promoted in Tokyo
11:26 Primorsk Marine Grain Terminal to be put into operation in 2024
11:09 Port of Oakland export volume jumped 10.8 percent in October 2019
10:50 Missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet calls port of Malabo
10:09 Hapag-Lloyd to implement GRI for Trans-Pacific trade eastbound