• 2018 July 25 13:40

    Approach channel and ship-turning basin of Riga port cleaned for larger ships to enter city center

    On Friday, 20 July one of the largest cruise ships to enter the Port of Riga this year, Serenade of the Seas, moored at the passenger terminal in the centre of the city. According to the Port of Riga, the length of the ship, which was built in 2003 in Germany, is 293 metres, the width is 39.8 metres and the maximum draught is 8.5 metres. The mooring of a ship of this size in the centre of Riga has been possible due to cleaning works carried out by the Freeport of Riga Authority in the approach channel and the ship-turning basin.

    Serenade of the Seas visited Riga for the fourth time this year. Previously, we did not see the ship in the centre of the city, as it was moored to the KS Terminal pier in Krievu Island, where the depth and the size of the turning basin allowed accepting larger cruise ships. Moreover, it will be further possible to handle ships of this size in the centre of Riga at the piers of the passenger terminal.

    In the course of the work the approach channel to the piers of the Riga passenger terminal and the approach aquatorium of these piers were cleaned of sediments; likewise, the diameter of the ship-turning basin was extended from 380 metres to 400 metres. According to the results of the procurement procedure, these works were carried out by the company Rohde Nielsen AS. In general, 111,000 m3 of soil were excavated from the river bed and used for the needs of construction works in Kudziņsala for the implementation of the project “Overpass from Tvaika Street to Kundziņsala”.

    Artūrs Brokovskis, Freeport of Riga Captain, says “Of course we want to accept as many cruise ships as possible at the passenger terminal piers in the centre of Riga. There is infrastructure suitable for the acceptance of passengers and tourists are undoubtedly more satisfied if they can disembark the ship in the very centre of the city. Until now, the acceptance of larger ships in the Riga passenger terminal was prohibited due to the inappropriate depth of the navigation canal and the approach aquatorium of the piers, but mostly due to the size of the ship-turning basin, which prohibited long cruise ships from turning in this place.”

    Prior to the expansion of the turning basin, a special study was conducted on the maximum possible expansion of the turning basin to prevent posing a threat to the existing hydro-structures of the Port of Riga, i.e., dams and piers. The turning basin created next to the Vanšu Bridge currently has the maximum possible diameter of 400 m.

2019 September 18

18:26 SGRE confirmed member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in 2019
18:03 MOL repays existing loans through issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project
17:48 Russia’s Rosmorrechflot and Ministry of Industry and Trade develop preferential leasing programme
17:30 Vympel DB develops concept design for Arctic cruise ship
17:22 Metal Shark delivers new foil-assisted catamaran excursion vessel to Pure Florida
17:11 US Coast Guard shifts response efforts in Bahamas
17:03 ECSA considers the European State Aid Guidelines for maritime transport highly successful and key to maintaining a strong European shipping sector
16:39 Vigor hosts keel-laying ceremony for the U.S. landing craft MSV(L)
16:21 Vitol announces long-term LNG time charter contract with H-Line
16:03 Despite some positive indicators, concerns remain for offshore energy underwriters, reports IUMI
15:42 Wärtsilä Denmark joins Digitalisation in Shipping: Europe 2019 as Associate Partner
15:24 USCG ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off Martinica Beach
15:03 GTT receives an order from HHI & SHI for the tank design of six Very Large Ethane Carriers
14:50 FSUE Atomflot develops project on construction of 7MW icebreaking tugboat
14:33 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
14:16 Wärtsilä simulators provide advanced training at newly inaugurated Portuguese facility
14:14 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation at Greater Changhua offshore wind farms
14:12 GTT obtains Approval in Principle for Arc7 ice class ships from Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
14:03 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries sign digital technology
14:00 SAAM Towage contracts Damen for delivery of tug vessel
13:31 Discussion “Development of recreational crafts and high-speed passenger vessels” begins at Neva 2019
13:10 Wärtsilä launches the Wärtsilä 31SG pure gas engine for marine market applications
13:04 International Association of Ports and Harbors visited by ICHCA representatives
12:38 RS issues Approval in Principle for new GTT’s LNG containment systems
12:03 LR awards Jiangnan AiP for 91,000 m3 VLGC Panda 91T design.
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11:30 LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin undergoes 1st LNG bunkering trial in Port of Kobe
11:02 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries to develop next generation LNG carrier
10:37 Training underway for Jeddah Maritime Information Sharing Centre
10:21 Panama Canal signs agreement with Port of Rotterdam
10:12 TGS announces strategic milestones to accelerate growth
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.09% to $64.49, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.44% to $59.08
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,283 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 18

2019 September 17

19:06 Rosmorrechflot’s shipbuilding order for coming six years foresees construction of 147 vessels
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17:24 MOL issues integrated 'MOL Report 2019'
16:35 Eagle Bulk Shipping takes delivery of M/V Sydney Eagle
16:02 CMA CGM and TFG launch Rhine valley rail to German hinterland
15:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to New Zealand
15:02 Sembcorp Marine’s Brazilian shipyard completes Petrobras P-68 FPSO
14:56 CMA CGM strengthens its intra-European and Mediterranean offer with the launch of the Black Sea Marmara Morocco service
14:10 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for Trans-Pacific eastbound
13:10 Zadar Cruise Port is Port of the Year 2019
12:10 Port of Oakland refrigerated exports jump 20 percent in past year
11:51 Combined Task Force Commanders discussed their shared aims and goals in tackling the threat of piracy
11:34 Lars Thrane makes its Iridium Certus® debut with the LT-4200 maritime satcom system
11:22 Belfast Harbour reveals ambitious growth plans
11:00 Marine cargo market characterised by “accelerating change” as underwriters take action to address continuing unprofitability, says IUMI
10:34 Safety at Sea and BIMCO publish cyber security white paper
10:27 ABS and Keppel partner in developing the first two new build Drilling Rigs with Smart Notations
09:43 Greenland research vessel picks MAN hybrid propulsion package
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09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,311 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 17

2019 September 16

18:04 Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia
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