• 2018 May 3 16:54

    Representatives of European ports gather in Riga to solve challenges faced by cruise business

    Cruise tourism is one of the world’s most rapidly growing tourism segments. Currently, the opportunity to go on a cruise is used by approximately 23 million passengers every year, and forecasts suggest that this number will increase by one third by the end of the next decade. The Port of Riga also sets new cruise traffic records every season. Last year, the number of cruise passengers increased by 22.4% reaching 87.4K, which is an absolute record for the Port of Riga. Last year, Riga was a destination for 86 cruise ships; whereas, this year, the visits of more than 90 cruise ships have already been notified. Moreover, the size of cruise ships entering the Port of Riga has almost doubled over the last decade. While the average DWT of a cruise ship was 23.7K GT in 2008, this indicator reached already 42.8K GT in 2017.

    Cruise ships are not just a good opportunity for the city and the port to earn, but represent also new challenges. Mr Edgars Sūna, Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority, explained: “On the one hand, we experience a constant increase in the number of cruise passengers, an increase in the size of ships and the growing comfort demands of cruise passengers. On the other hand, we must observe even stricter environmental standards, preserve the historical values of the city and respect the lifestyle of city residents. This causes serious challenges to all European cruise ports, including Riga.”

    In order to find solutions for challenges associated with cruise business, the Freeport of Riga and other European ports have been involved in the project “Green Cruise Port – Sustainable Development of Cruise Port Locations” financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Within the framework of the project, ports jointly analyse the situation and look for solutions for the topical issues in three main areas: 1) port infrastructure development according to sustainability criteria, 2) environmentally friendly passenger land transport connections at the port 3) ecological and economic impacts of cruise passenger excursions on the port cities.

    On 25-26 April, representatives of the ports involved in the “Green Cruise Port” project gathered in Riga. As noted by project participants, the greatest future challenge is to develop a sustainable, joint policy with regard to cruise ports in Europe. “We need standardisation, hence, it is important to gather and understand what happens in Hamburg, Stockholm or Riga. These projects will enable us to make ports more friendly for business, environment and people,” pointed out Mr Hans Ulrich Wolff, the coordinator of the “Green Cruise Port” project.

    The opportunity to exchange information and experience with other European cruise ports within the framework of the “Green Cruise Port” project is highly important for the Port of Riga. Although the number of cruise ships visiting Riga every year is significantly smaller compared to such ports as Hamburg or Amsterdam, which welcome approximately 200 ships annually, the interest in Riga as a cruise destination keeps growing every year. “We believe that Riga has a great potential for the development of cruise business, and for this reason, the participation of the Port of Riga in this project is crucial,” emphasizes Mr Hans Ulrich Wolff.

2019 November 17

16:12 Port of Dover wins ESPO Award 2019
14:47 Aker Solutions and leading operators join forces to qualify subsea gas separation
14:12 Wight Shipyard Co to build an innovative hybrid CTV for CWind
12:42 PSA Marine and Wartsila join hands to tackle climate emergency
11:38 A.P. Moller-Maersk improves operational profitability
10:15 ABS and Arista launch smart shipping journey

2019 November 16

16:42 Team Tankers International Ltd. announces Q3 2019 results
15:02 GasLog places NOK 900M of senior unsecured bonds due 2024
14:23 BTG and GoodFuels preparing for major investment in bio-refinery to support shipping’s low carbon fuels demands
13:41 Third L-class delivered in China
12:32 Seaspan to purchase a fleet of six containerships on long-term charter for $380 million
11:28 Mammoet inks agreement with Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal to strengthen presence along East Coast
10:18 Metal Sharks delivers pilot boat duo to BCMT

2019 November 15

18:09 Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Aida Perla passenger just off Ponce, Puerto Rico
17:48 Sovcomflot reports its results for third quarter and nine months of 2019
17:23 Wärtsilä and PSA Marine collaborate to achieve clean energy shipping
17:15 Bollinger Shipyards contracted to build ocean transport barge
17:00 Composit supports 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
16:57 Ulstein unveils its concept of the first hydrogen powered offshore vessel
16:36 RF Government separates positions of Deputy Transport Minister and head of Rosmorrechflot
16:14 IMO holds training on impacts of anti-fouling systems and ships’ biofouling on marine environment
15:39 Norway boosts IMO's GreenVoyage-2050 GHG project
15:11 New Wärtsilä Expertise Centre provides value-adding lifecycle support
14:57 LUKOIL commissions phase three facilities at Filanovsky field
14:30 NSR cargo traffic totaled 26 million tonnes year-to-date, up 63.5% YoY
14:13 Georgia Ports Authority up 3.5 percent to 428,400 TEU in October 2019
13:13 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for m/v Medusa with Cargill
12:51 Multipurpose Reloading Complex reports 4-fold increase of allocations for environment protection to RUB 11.5 million
12:32 ABI Research: Commercial fleets looking to tech to accelerate ROI in the face of rising costs, competition, and uncertainty
12:13 Port of Oakland names Danny Wan Executive Director
11:28 ESL Shipping participates in Intelligence Hunt
11:00 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada West Coast to worldwide destinations (Excluding EU, Russia & USA)
10:41 Delft Dynamics, Next Ocean and Damen perform qualification test in North Sea
10:40 Gremyashii corvette of RF Navy’s Nothern Fleet to be tested in White Sea
10:16 Training ship Perekop of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet arrives in Republic of Myanmar
09:54 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 15
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.45% to $62.56, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $57.06
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,364 points

2019 November 14

18:19 French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe inaugurates CEVA Logistics’ new headquarters in Marseille
18:00 Boosting handling of cargo bound for Arctic considered as strategic development vector of Murmansk Commercial Seaport
17:41 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 5.92 million tonnes of cargo in 10M'2019, down 5.1% Y-o-Y
17:20 Gasunie, EBN, Port of Amsterdam and Tata Steel work together on the development of a CCUS project in the North Sea Canal area
16:49 Hung Hua Construction of Taiwan orders third Fast Crew Supplier this year to support offshore wind ambitions
16:36 Main engines loaded onto second serial ship of PV22 project at Nevsky Shipyard
16:15 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
15:59 Yevgeny Savkin appointed as General Director of Novyie Kommunalnyie Tehnologii in Ust-Luga port
15:15 The ICS and ECSA call for immediate and effective intervention after yet another attack in the Gulf of Guinea
15:12 Restoration of 90 year old Amsterdam bridge by Niron Staal
14:43 Expert forecasts scrubbers to consume some 600,000 barrels of heavy fuel per day in 2020
14:14 Norway boosts IMO's GreenVoyage-2050 GHG project
13:32 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg invested RUB 630 million in development in 9M’19, up 53% YoY
13:11 MOL earns AIP for design of bow wind-shield, ultra-large containership
12:30 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
11:23 Aleksey Rykovanov appointed as General Director of Murmansk Commercial Seaport
11:01 Arista Shipping starts the path to smart shipping operations with an ocean data agreement with ABS
10:39 RF Government supports expansion of Murmansk Transport Hub capacity to 65 million tonnes by 2035
10:16 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 14
10:02 WesCom Signal and Rescue goes green at METSTRADE 2019