• 2018 June 5 12:30

    Experts get acquainted with the Riga Port infrastructure crucial for the national security

    Last week – from 30 May to 1 June – employees of the Internal Security Service of the Freeport of Riga Authority and officials of the Port Police of the Freeport of Riga Authority took part in a regional Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) workshop organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and the USA. FRA says the aim of the workshop was to discuss current global threats and promote regional cooperation in combating and control of illicit movement of weapons of mass destruction, WMD delivery systems and related raw materials.

    Within the framework of the workshop, a practical exercise was undertaken – an exercise simulating a real situation related to the illicit movement in transit through Latvian ports of raw materials used for manufacturing WMDs. The participants also visited the port waters of the Port of Riga in order to learn first-hand about the functions of both the Port Police and the Port`s Internal Security Service – operations to be undertaken in the area of cargo control, particularly in relation to transit cargo, and work related to the movement of dangerous cargo.

    “It is only possible to fully guarantee the security of an object as large and complex as the Port of Riga by means of coordinated cooperation of all the institutions in charge of the various aspects of security,“ Artis Zīders, Deputy Head of the Port Police, emphasised during the visit. The range of organisations that the Port Police cooperates with is extensive, including the Security Police, State Border Guard, State Firefighting and Rescue Service, the Coast Guard Service of the Latvian Naval Forces, the National Customs Board of the State Revenue Service, the Latvian Maritime Administration and the Food and Veterinary Service and the State Environmental Service. Zīders noted: “Under current circumstances, improvement of security technologies and continuous acquisition of new knowledge and skills for employees is essential. Organising training in the territory of the port to simulate various types of threats, the prevention of which various emergency and rescue services and security institutions take part, is a regular practice.”

    Internal affairs, defence and foreign affairs experts from Latvia, USA, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Georgia and Ukraine took part in the workshop. Previously, such regional workshops have also taken place in Lithuania and Estonia.

    The Freeport of Riga is not only an important part of the Latvian economy but also an essential component of national infrastructure of critical relevance. NATO cargo and various types of military cargo are transported through the port. Over the past two years, 14 ships have been serviced with military machinery in the port of Riga, including the Endurance, which is the largest cargo ship to have been serviced in the port. Considering the fact that the territory of the port of Riga covers an area of over 6300 hectares and large-scale economic activity takes place in its territory, the Freeport of Riga Authority pays a lot of attention to security issues in the Port of Riga.

    The Port Police was established as a structural unit of the Freeport of Riga Authority in 2011. Its main functions are to ensure security in the territory of the port, check whether the port regulations are being complied with, monitor the movement of persons, vehicles and cargo, as well as to ensure coordinated implementation of security measures in the port.




2018 June 18

11:47 Freeport of Riga Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign cooperation agreement
11:24 Port of Tallinn signs MoU with the City of Tallinn for development of the Old City Harbour area
11:01 Dorian LPG Board declines BW LPG'S unsolicited proposal
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.76% to $72.88, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.73% to $63.73
10:12 Capital Product Partners L.P. announces new period charters for four of its product tankers
10:03 Port of Silloth invests £250,000 in new solar farm on Marshall Dock
09:41 Fishers fatalities give impetus to fishing vessel safety work
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points

2018 June 17

18:40 Port of Oakland's largest terminal operator OK new lease to 2027
18:38 GoodBulk Ltd. announces delivery of Capesize vessel
18:32 Navios Maritime Partners announces sale of containership and options to sell four additional containerships

2018 June 15

18:35 Hapag-Lloyd implements Peak Season Surcharge from Mediterranean to USA
18:05 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean adds Adelaide on the Australia service
17:54 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 5M’18 up 12% Y-o-Y to 6.05 million tonnes
17:35 GTT conducts two FEED studies on two types of Gravity Based System
17:20 Throughput of port Vyborg in 5M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 610,900 tonnes
17:05 Port of Koper officially part of the New Silk Road
16:40 Yantar Shipyard launches yet another trawler of Project SK-3101R
16:35 Port of Long Beach volume up to 687,427 TEU in May 2018
16:05 Royal IHC joins PortXL
15:45 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 5M’18 declined by 3% Y-o-Y to 7.49 million tonnes
15:22 Main phase of Nizhegorodsky hydrosystem project obtains state expert approval
15:21 VTG FastTrack makes ad hoc transportation from the Port of Hamburg possible
15:00 Vopak opens new rail infrastructure in the port of Antwerp
14:21 Royal IHC and IHC IQIP sign memorandum of agreement with SOIC
14:09 DNV GL issues first type approval for aluminium cables onboard ships
13:16 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’18 down 18% Y-o-Y to 22.63 million tonnes
12:48 Bunker prices are down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:27 Innovative solution for lowering of ship emissions tested in the port of Rotterdam
12:23 LUKOIL commissions third well at Filanovsky field second stage
11:59 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 5M’18 down 1% to 41.48 million tonnes
11:31 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 16% to 24.73 million tonnes in 5M’18
11:02 Lloyd’s Register and TWI launch Fullagar Technologies
10:30 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for Damen tugs Rotterdam & Beagle
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 0.14% to $75.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.09% to $66.83
10:02 Seaports of Ukraine handled 54.3 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’18, down 2.1% Y-o-Y
09:40 Throughput of Russian seaports in 5M’18 grew by 2.7% Y-o-Y to 328.4 million tonnes (detalization)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,433 points

2018 June 14

18:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from East Mediterranean ports to Gulf and Red Sea
17:47 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 5M’18 up 37% Y-o-Y to 15.34 million tonnes
17:33 APL unveils new China Southeast Asia Service 8
17:30 Specifications of products to be rated as manufactured in Russia will be updated
17:03 Pasha Hawaii receives new refrigerated containers as part of container replenishment program
16:48 State Duma approves federal law on setting rouble prices for services offered in Russian seaports (document)
16:33 Long Beach Harbor Commissioners adopt port budget
16:16 Rosmorport announces tender for dredging works in water area of port Vanino
16:03 Prosafe extends standstill agreement with Cosco
15:50 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver two 22 MW icebreakers of Project IBSV01 by November’18
15:32 Huisman and RAMLAB start project for the production of 3D large offshore crane hook
15:19 FESCO fleet began supplying of goods to northern Russia
15:02 HMM, Evergreen and APL launch China-Australia express service
14:32 Keppel delivers second rig to Borr Drilling
14:20 Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga accepted and handled a Panamax ship
14:02 MOL's newbuilding coal carrier OI MARU to serve JERA Trading
13:47 Global fuel market is waiting for some clarity from the Vienna meeting next week, expert says
13:46 Three nuclear-powered icebreakers of Project 22220 will be delivered by 2021 – USC
13:32 DFDS orders additional freight ferry newbuilding from Jinling Shipyard
13:02 TechnipFMC and DOF Subsea announce the delivery of Skandi Recife and commencement of contract with Petrobras
12:44 WMU joins in Malmö coastline clean-up for World Oceans Day 2018
12:25 APM Terminals offers new gateway to Iraq