• 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 August 16

18:45 Kalashnikov Concern’s Vympel Shipyard lays freezer trawler of Project T30
18:06 Port of Dover awarded contract to Solent Marine Ltd to design and fit-out Dover's new marina
17:32 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East Asia to West Africa
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd increases reefer fleet by 11,100 containers
16:56 DFDS orders additional freight ferry (ro-ro) newbuilding from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard
16:52 Sovcomflot’s shuttle tanker Governor Farkhutdinov ships 600th crude oil cargo for Sakhalin-2
16:03 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Mozambique
15:47 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port's H1 2018 employee benefits and rewards programme totals RUB 2.2 million
15:31 Melbourne port operator ICTSI may be investigated by State and Federal authorities
15:09 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports remain flat
14:33 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Indian Ocean
14:27 MABUX: Bunker prices may change irregular next week
14:13 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East to North Europe
13:42 First ever S-T-S loading of 70000dwt Panamax coal carrier performed at Shakhtersk harbour transshipment location in Sakhalin
13:32 More investment contracts at the Port of Gdansk
13:02 Wärtsilä equipped Canadian ferry will have minimal environmental impact
12:16 Damen Shipyards Galati celebrates 125 years
12:09 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard launches 6th serial barge of Project ROB20
12:03 Boskalis presents half-year results and terminates loss-making low-end transport activities
11:59 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.6 percent in July 2018
11:45 Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships
10:58 DP World revenue up 14.4% in H1 2018
10:57 VARD secures contract for one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA
09:39 EU NAVFOR mission operation commander visits Spanish MPRA in Djibouti
09:21 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1725 points

2018 August 15

18:33 Equinor extends partnership with The Arctic Race of Norway
17:56 Port Kavkaz seven-month volumes soar 30% Y/Y to 25.21 million tonnes
17:36 Russian Gov't to allocate RUB 500 million in subsidies to support small-tonnage fishing ships construction, Rosrybolovstvo says
17:34 Maersk Line to rise rates from Far East to East Coast South America
17:30 Yang Ming orders ten 2,800 TEU containerships
17:19 Nor-Shipping 2019 takes place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from 04 to 07 June 2019
16:05 New Times Shipbuilding announces delivery of oil tanker
15:04 Rosrybolovstvo looks into building a series of three RVs as from 2020
15:04 Concordia Maritime AB announces interim report for H1 2018
14:12 Multipurpose Reloading Complex spends over RUB 600,000 on employee benefits and rewards programme
13:20 Konecranes to deliver more electric RTGs to Luka Koper in Slovenia
13:02 Join Marinet Conference at SMM 2018, Hamburg
12:32 Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives green light to NLR construction project
12:01 WW Ocean presents new-look trade maps resembling public transit maps
11:15 Port of Vancouver posts H1 2018 results
10:41 Aker Solutions wins orders for Liuhua power umbilical systems in China
10:21 Nor-Shipping 2019 devotes entire hall to new focus on Blue Economy
10:05 Crude oil futures drop 0.22% to $72.3 in London and 0.48% to $66.72 in New York
09:29 Bunker prices at Port of St. Petersburg show mixed movements

2018 August 14

18:30 Hapag-Lloyd annonces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:12 FE Railways' loaded freight in Jan-Jul up 2% to 28.2 million tonnes
18:07 Hapag-Lloyd changes terminals at Genoa on its MPS service
17:47 British Ports Association launch Sustainable Development Resolution
17:45 Euro Tank Terminal extends jetty at the port of Rotterdam
17:31 MEYER WERFT holds float out procedure for cruise ship for AIDA Cruises
17:29 APM Terminals launches online customer platform in Bahrain
17:27 MED MARINE delivers a 24m ASD Tug from Turkey to Estonia
16:24 Offshore installation vessel starts work on Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm
15:44 Logistec Corporation declares quarterly drvidends on shares
15:21 Vessel Performance Optimisation Forum Singapore initial speakers announced
15:02 Danaos Corporation announces closing of comprehensive debt refinancing
14:16 Sea Port St. Petersburg earmarked over $337,000 for bonus and social responsibility programmes
14:13 TTS Group ASA secures new contracts for access equipment and cranes for two reefer vessels
14:06 Ports of Primorsk and Ust-Luga support green shipping, to implement incentives for LNG-powered ships as from August 15, 2018
13:39 Bunker prices in Far East seaports edge down