• 2018 September 24 09:21

    Freeport of Riga’s project on construction of Krievu Island Terminal enters its final phase

    The greatest project in the history of the Freeport of Riga — the Krievu Island Terminal — is entering into its final phase with the additional infrastructure works and construction of the required utilities, cargo areas, rail approach roads, a windbreak fence to meet environmental protection requirements, administrative buildings, and installation of coal handling technologies. The course of work creates confidence that all construction works on Krievu Island will be completed within the planned deadlines, the Freeport of Riga says in its press release.

    “The Freeport of Riga Authority is closely following the schedules of the final phase of the construction works as well as the work plan. The whole process is going according to the planned and approved schedule, and today I am convinced that the required infrastructure will be available to stevedores on time and in the expected amount and quality. The work progress and collaboration with stevedores suggest that also stevedores will be able to fulfil their part of commitments in terms of the construction of infrastructure and technologies, thus the moving process to Krievu Island will go smoothly without delays, while meeting all requirements of the European Commission,” highlights the CEO of the Freeport of Riga Ansis Zeltiņš.

    Construction of cargo areas and utilities in the territory leased by the stevedoring company STREK SIA is already completed in full amount. Instructions for the installation of facilities and executive documentation are currently being developed, as well as opinions from supervisory authorities are being received. Construction of the 23 metres high windbreak fence in the territory leased by STREK SIA is completed at 90% — all masts are installed, wires between the masts of the fence and the wind mesh of the fence are being mounted. According to the set work schedule, construction of the wind fence on the territory of STREK SIA should be completed by the end of September 2018. Stevedores are working on the construction of interior for administrative and service buildings, and exterior panels are being mounted on the building for unloading of dry bulk. STREK SIA is actively working on the supply and assembly of the technological equipment.

    “We commend the Freeport of Riga Authority for the cooperation. Thus far, in all matters we have been able to reach an agreement and come up with mutually acceptable solutions. We also highly evaluate the job done by the contractors. The volume of work is high and the deadlines are very tight, but the construction work is nevertheless progressing according to the plan. If the construction works are put into service according to the schedule, the moving process to Krievu Island will commence within the planned terms,” says the co-owner of STREK SIA Mihails Gaņevs.

    Construction works on underground utilities in the territory leased by the stevedore Riga Coal Terminal SIA continues: posts are being constructed for gantry crane roadways between cargo areas, concrete beams are being constructed, and reinforced concrete slabs are being laid out in the cargo areas. At the moment, the completed works amount to around 80% of the total volume of construction works. Construction of foundation piles for the windbreak fence is currently being carried out in the territory of Riga Coal Terminal SIA. Fence masts are already delivered to the construction site and installation work has begun. Completed works amount to 59%. In mid October, Riga Coal Terminal SIA plans to start delivery of its technological equipment and installation in Krievu Island.

    “We work in close collaboration with the Freeport of Riga Authority to make sure that both parties fulfil their commitments and ensure that the infrastructure, including the new railway station “Krievu Island”, is ready for operational use according to the deadlines and schedules. This is crucial for us to be able to commence processing of cargo on Krievu Island as of 2019,” points Jānis Priede, chairman of the board of directors of Riga Coal Terminal.

    As announced, in the interests of observing environmental protection requirements, at its meeting on 25 July, the Board of the Freeport of Riga decided to purchase and install two new air quality monitoring stations, one of which will be placed in the north-western part of the Krievu Island Terminal, and the other one — near the residential area of Riga, in the territory of Lielupes iela in Bolderāja District. The stations will be installed and ready for work by this October.

    To free the centre of Riga from coal cargo and transfer the handling of coal to the new terminals equipped with modern technologies on Krievu Island, in 2012 the Freeport of Riga Authority commenced the project “Development of infrastructure on Krievu Island for the transfer of port activities from the city centre”. On 31 December 2015, the construction of the principal infrastructure of the Krievu Island Terminal was completed, which included 4 deep-water piers (15.5 m) with the total length of 1,180 metres and the necessary access road and utility infrastructure.




2018 October 21

08:54 20,000 TEU COSCO SHIPPING Sagittarius named in Shanghai
08:50 CFO Paul Smits leaves the Port of Rotterdam Authority
07:52 COSCO SHIPPING starts shipment of Toyota exhibits

2018 October 20

08:47 Boskalis, Van Hattum en Blankevoort and Mobilis construct deep-sea quay for the new HES Hartel Tank Terminal at Maasvlakte
08:10 Navios Partners announce filing of F - 1 for direct listing of Navios Containers
08:06 Maersk Line increases FAK rates for Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC trade
08:04 U.S. Navy contracts Austal to order materials for EPF 13
07:44 EU Commission launches the European Network of U-space Demonstrators

2018 October 19

18:42 ABN AMRO, Samsung SDS and the Port of Rotterdam Authority launch container logistics blockchain pilot
18:07 Stena Line's battery hybrid vessel completes its first month of operation
17:56 ABN AMRO, Samsung SDS and Port of Rotterdam Authority launch container logistics blockchain pilot
17:35 Port of Gdansk participated in the CILF 2018 fair in China
17:11 Gdansk pays a visit to Singapore
16:57 Testbed established for Internet of Ships Open Platform
16:48 Finland’s Water Transport Act aims to improve safety and increases preparedness for the future
16:26 World’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos” started its voyage to Europe
16:04 KN will motivate its employees with the company's shares
15:42 New Falck training centre on the Maasvlakte officially openes
15:20 Seimas members visiting Klaipėda discussed benefits provided by LNG terminal
14:59 Ukraine plans dredging of 16.33 million cbm of material in 2019
14:37 UN agencies delivering on maritime security
14:15 Hapag-Lloyd starts new Red Sea service
14:00 Atomflot: shipments from Arctic LNG and Yamal LNG to be assisted by diesel and gas powered icebreakers
13:31 MOL's newbuilt LNG carrier "MARVEL EAGLE" to transport LNG from Cameron project in U.S.
13:11 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard launches POSS-115 Project tug
13:05 BigLift Barentsz sails Northern Sea route for Pioneering Spirit
12:48 Glavgosexpertiza approves reconstruction of KSK grain terminal to increase its capacity to 4 million tonnes
12:22 Q&A with ImageSat International released ahead of SMi’s 4th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
12:05 FESCO wins tender for supplying Indian Research Stations in Antarctica in 2019
11:43 Competition for designing and construction of LNG-powered icebreaker to be announced in late 2018 - early 2019
11:20 North Sea Giant turns to The Switch EBL technology
10:54 NOVATEK to place four FLNG facilities on the Northern Sea Route
10:31 RF Navy’s major amphibious ship Ivan Gren enters North Sea
10:07 Port of Vancouver closes 2018 cruise season
09:56 Brent Crude futures price up 0.4% to $79.61, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.35% to $68.89
09:38 Tackling maritime emissions - IMO rolls out ship and port toolkits
09:29 Expert forecasts more favorable ice situation on Northern Sea Route for 30 years ahead
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,565 points
09:07 Hapag-Lloyd, CMA-CGM and COSCO enhance GEM service - covering Mediterranean with the Middle East / ISC
08:37 Samskip launches Netherlands-Italy multimodal rail service
08:07 SEA\LNG submits open comment on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement for Puget Sound LNG facility
07:20 Van Oord awarded offshore contract for the West White Rose Project

2018 October 18

18:03 VSDV opens new crossdock location in the port of Amsterdam
17:33 The first vessel in Klaveness Combination Carriers next generation of combination carriers named at New Yangzi Shipyard in China
17:17 Cargo transportation via Northern Sea Route can reach 17 million tonnes in 2018
17:03 Savannah container trade up 12 percent in September 2018
16:55 PGRK: sales strategy of Pavlovskoye deposit project is focused on foreign markets
16:33 SITC Logistics Group signs strategic cooperation agreement with Chengdu Port Investment Group and Guangzhou Port Logistics Group
16:03 NYK and Horiba to develop a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships
15:34 Thames freight volume rises by 40% as Thames Vision strategy starts to bear fruit
15:33 Port of Rotterdam Authority and research institute TNO present results of the study at IMO meeting
15:31 Dublin Port volumes grow by 4.7% in first nine months. By year end, 36% growth in just six years
15:03 Chinese Lingang group invests 85 million euros in Zeebrugge inner port
14:47 Practical aspects of LNG bunkering to be discussed at the dedicated conference in Moscow on October 24
14:33 Nouryon, Tata Steel, and Port of Amsterdam partner to develop the largest green hydrogen cluster in Europe
14:24 Bunker prices may change irregular next week amid rising volatility on global fuel market, expert says
14:11 Tallink and Rauma marine constructions sign letter of intent for the construction of new shuttle ferry
14:02 VesselMan and DNV GL team up to offer optimized solution for dry-docking management
13:30 Project Forward paves the way for meeting IMO’s reduction on CO2 emissions
13:14 Equinor’s share saving plan allocates shares