• 2017 August 14 12:36

    Ansis Zeltiņš appointed as new CEO of the Freeport of Riga

    On 28 July, a meeting of the Board of the Freeport of Riga appointed a long-term professional from the transport and logistics sector, Ansis Zeltiņš, as the CEO of the Freeport of Riga. On 28 June, the Board of the Freeport of Riga unanimously supported his candidacy for the position of CEO, though it was still necessary to receive the consent of Transport Minister Uldis Augulis, which was eventually received. Zeltiņš started his work as CEO on 1 August.

     “One of my most important tasks at the very beginning will be to work out a new Riga port development plan for the next 10 years. I have undertaken to prepare and submit such a plan for approval to the government within the coming year. It is important to ensure the continuity of the port development and to strengthen its competitiveness, which will be the task of the new port development plan. The capacity and sustainable infrastructure of the Freeport of Riga undeniably place it at the top of the list of the most important ports in the Baltic region. There is a range of already-begun works and projects to be successfully implemented, including the restructuring of the port authority and strengthening of the administration; the distribution of financial functions and team building have to be finished; the work on the Krievu Island project has to be completed,” explained the new CEO of the Freeport of Riga, Ansis Zeltiņš. 

    Ansis Zeltiņš was born in 1975, obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in maritime transport at the Latvian Maritime Academy and a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Salford, United Kingdom. Zeltiņš’ professional experience is related to the shipping sector (captain’s assistant on Aframax-type cargo ships) and leading positions in the private and public sector in the field of transport and logistics. Currently, Zeltiņš holds the position of the Chairperson of the Board at VAS Latvijas dzelzceļš, Director and Member of the Board at SIA Rīgas brīvostas flote, as well as Advisor to the Chairperson of the Board at VAS Latvijas Jūras administrācija. Before that, he was a transport sector attaché in the European Union, managed VAS Latvijas Jūras administrācija, and also held leading positions in several private companies related to the transport and logistics sector.

    In accordance with the approved regulations, an open competition was organised in three stages: in the first stage, the applicants’ compliance with general criteria was assessed; in the second, the applicants’ special, sector-related knowledge and competencies were assessed; in the final stage, applicants were interviewed in person. The regulations envisaged that applicants were required to have higher academic or second-level professional education in management, finance, economics or engineering; in turn, education related to the transport sector (port management, transport and logistics) or maritime activity (navigation, ship management) was considered to be an advantage. Likewise, at least five years of professional experience in leading positions in large-scale capital companies or public-sector institutions or organisations was required. A high degree of language proficiency was also required of applicants: both official languages at the highest levels and at least English and Russian language skills as well.

    With regard to the applicants’ special, sector-related knowledge and competencies, a profound understanding of port activities and applicable regulatory enactments, experience in strategic development management, financial and planning matters, international cooperation experience, which the applicant had to be substantiate in writing, as well as a spotless reputation were required.

    The selection and assessment of applicants was carried out by the commission for the selection and assessment of candidates for the position of the CEO of the Freeport of Riga, approved by the Board of the Freeport of Riga, which included the following: Jānis Krastiņš, Chairperson of the Board at VAS Latvijas Jūras administrācija (representative of the Ministry of Transport); Ieva Braunfelde, Head of the Administration of the Ministry of Finance (representative of the Ministry of Finance); Andris Grafs, Head of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (representative of the Ministry of Economics); Kristaps Treimanis, Chairperson of the Board at VSIA Latvijas Vides, ģeoloģijas un meteoroloģijas centrs (representative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development); Jānis Liepiņš, Director of the Legal Directorate of the Riga City Council (representative of the Riga City Council); Ilze Spūle-Statkus, Head of the Commercial Activity Provision Board of the Property Department of the Riga City Council (representative of the Riga City Council); and sworn advocate Modris Supe (representative of the Freeport of Riga Authority). Aleksandrs Muhlinkins, Deputy Chairperson of the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia; Katrīna Zariņa, Member of the Board of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and a representative of the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia were granted advisory rights on the commission.




2018 September 20

21:17 Expert says production declines and geopolitical unrest may push bunker prices up
18:02 SITC holds naming & delivery ceremony for M/V “SITC TOYOHASHI”
17:54 Sovcomflot participates in Eastern Economic Forum’s business programme
17:30 Kurt Bodewig appointed as new European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea
17:07 Port of Singapore holds annual multi-agency ferry emergency exercise
16:46 IAPH regional conference sets pan-African ports agenda
16:25 UAE to host Dubai Marine Insurance Conference 2018 on November 20-21
16:07 Governments of New Zealand and Australian announce fumigation requirement for import cargos
15:48 Sovcomflot is a Partner of the Second Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia”
15:32 NYK product tanker rescues 28 fishermen off the coast of Colombia
15:04 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to West Africa
14:56 Admiralteiskie Verfi launches the Kronshtadt, diesel-electric submarine of Project 677
14:32 DNV GL releases autonomous and remotely operated ship guideline (UPDATE)
14:04 Port of Long Beach awarded $4.2 mln security grant
13:32 ABS supports innovative yacht design with dedicated guidance notes and software
13:20 Finnish Transport Agency: international seaborne transport volumes show significant boost
13:04 Port of Antwerp works on structural solutions to improve mobility
12:43 Arctic group of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet enters Chukchi Sea through Bering Strait
12:30 Wison receives AiP from LR for 300MW FSRP
12:04 Port of Rotterdam and Rönesans Holding sign agreement for petrochemical industrial zone in Turkey
11:49 IMO to start consideration of legal framework for low-flashpoint diesel
11:30 Gulftainer signs 50-year, $600 million concession to operate and expand Port of Wilmington in Delaware, USA
11:18 Fuel oil prices are going up the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:04 Green Corridor JIP delivers innovative bulk carrier designs for a low emissions future
10:55 IMO takes important step to facilitate use of methanol
10:30 HHI receives AiP from LR for a VLGC design capable of using LPG as fuel
10:19 Brent Crude futures price up 0.3% to $79.64, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.61% to $71.2
10:03 OpenIJ starts sinking operation of the lock gate chamber at the Port of Amsterdam
09:50 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg ("Marine Façade") welcomed MSC Meraviglia
09:34 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to East Africa
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,373 points
09:03 Port of Rotterdam organises information meeting about the replacement of Maaskade quay wall
08:34 DNV GL launches revised design standard and new certification guideline for floating wind turbines
08:04 ABS issues AIP for Jiangnan’s LNG Jumbo

2018 September 19

18:10 Significant reserve growth confirmed at the Utrenneye field
17:53 Green Corridor JIP delivers innovative bulk carrier designs for a low emissions future
17:35 Rolls-Royce launches new range of powerful medium speed V-Engines
17:05 Sembcorp Marine, ABS and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing team up to develop new gas technologies in offshore, marine and energy sectors
16:35 Valenciaport presents its cruise offer in Lisbon under the slogan “Valencia dresses in green”
16:16 Vladimir Panchenko dredger built for Lena Basin is put into operation
16:04 MOL launches new large-scale ferry Sunflower Kirishima
15:47 Freeport of Riga Authority begins active cooperation with its Chinese partners
15:23 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority joins leading port authorities in climate action program
15:04 DFDS to invest DKK 300m to install scrubbers on 12 freight ferries deployed on freight routes in the Mediterranean
14:50 Maersk to combine Damco’s Supply Chain Services and Maersk Line’s Ocean Product on January 1st, 2019
14:22 NOVATEK and Fluxys apply for establishment of a joint venture in Rostock, Germany
14:08 Stevedoring unions announce a strike in the ports of Leixoes and Lisbon
13:08 Noble Group completes the sale of the Panacore vessels
12:47 Bunker prices are going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:29 Nevsky Shipyard took part in II International Fishery Forum and Expo 2018
12:07 ABS holds seminar series exploring gas as marine fuel
11:50 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company has it towing and supply vessel Nercha overhauled at Bibiheybat shipyard
11:25 Klaipeda Seaport takes part in exhibition and conference in Kazakhstan
11:07 San Pedro Bay Ports ready cleaner truck rules for Oct. 1 2018
10:46 Record number of ships registered at Freeport of Riga in August
10:28 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 4.3% to 13.15 million TEUs in Jan-Aug’18
10:07 Austal awarded littoral combat ships 32 & 34
09:43 Brent Crude futures price down 0.06% to $78.98, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $69.57
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,356 points
09:05 Port of Oakland to add electric trucks thanks to state grant