• 2018 November 8 10:48

    Grain transhipment volumes at the Port of Riga reach new records

    In the first nine months of this year, transhipment volumes of grain at the Port of Riga have reached a new record, says press center of the port. The volume of grain transhipped at the terminals has exceeded 1.1 million tons, which is 30% more than last year. Grain is conquering increasingly better positions in the transit sector, and port enterprises are quickly adapting to these market conditions. In recent years, the infrastructure for transhipment and storage of agricultural products at the Port of Riga has been developing rapidly. New warehouses are being built at terminals, companies are continuing to expand and new players are entering the segment.

    Edvins Kozlovskis (Edvīns Kozlovskis), representative of Port Milgravis Ltd., says: “Port Milgravis Ltd. started to engage in the grain cargo segment 3 years ago by building two new warehouses. This year, the company already has six warehouses, and each one can store more than 15 thousand tons of grain. We are currently planning construction of three more warehouses.” Port Milgravis Ltd. only tranships production of Latvian and Lithuanian farmers. As noted by Kozlovskis: “The quantities of grain that are only provided for transhipment by Latvian and Lithuanian farmers are really surprising.”

    In total, 12 different terminals of the Freeport of Riga are involved in handling crop products this year. In the field of grain transhipment there is a very positive trend, that different port terminals cooperate with each other, rather than compete. The large PANAMAX-type vessels, with grain cargo capacity of around 60,000 tonnes, are often loaded jointly by several companies to prevent ship downtime and speed up the loading process.

    A year ago another major player, Alpha osta Ltd., entered the crop cargo handling segment. This is a story about the ability of the companies of the Port of Riga to adapt quickly to changing market conditions. Since the 1990s, at the Port of Riga, a company could successfully operate in the field of transhipment of mineral fertilizers, but due to the geopolitical situation and political decisions on shifting of Russian cargoes only to Russian ports, mineral fertilizer cargo volumes rapidly decreased and new business niches had to be found. Now the complex of six dome-type warehouses is fully customized for handling grain.

    The warehouse complex can store up to 120 thousand tons of grain. It is enough to load even two PANAMAX-type vessels. The ship loading speed is also impressive. The head of the operational service of Alpha osta Ltd., Vladimirs Kuzmenko, says: “Our grain reloading record is 22 thousand tons per day. At the moment, we are the only grain terminal in the Baltics with such speed and capacity of loading."

    A lot of effort has been put in and investments have been made in the full adjustment of the mineral fertilizer terminal for the storage and handling of grain. The huge dome-type warehouses are suitable for storage of grain, equipped with temperature and humidity sensors. The conveyor line system, which has a total length of about 3,000 meters, is also adapted to grain handling. The cargo loading processes are fully automated. About 65% of the grain transhipped by Alpha osta Ltd. originates from Russia, with the remaining part from Latvian and Lithuanian farmers. The main destinations for crop cargoes are North African countries and the Persian Gulf states.

     




2018 December 10

18:08 US major retail container ports imports reach 2 million containers in October 2018
17:50 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 67,300 for its environmental programme in 9M’2018, up 6% YoY
17:27 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 322 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
17:06 Nexans awarded contract for the manufacturing, delivery and installation of 350 kV HVDC submarine cable in the Philippines
16:49 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 11M’18 climbed by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 33.1 million tonnes
16:33 Konstantin Ponomarev appointed as head of RS Nuclear Ships Branch
16:10 Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative launches new online platform
15:58 MOL to participate in construction, ownership, operation of FSRU for Jawa 1 gas-fired IPP project in Indonesia
15:52 MOL LNG сarrier LNG Fukurokuju rescues castaway
15:26 Gasum consolidates its position as the leading Nordic LNG provider
14:58 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard adds a new high-capacity German crane to its cranes
14:25 BIMCO publishes two 2020 sulphur clauses
14:00 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 16,794 in RF spot market
13:09 EU NAVFOR marks 10 years of operations
12:44 Pertti Korhonen to chair Traffic Management Finland BoD
12:07 Incheon Port container traffic increases by 10.4% in October 2018
11:51 Beginning of icebreaker assistance period announced at Big Port St. Petersburg
11:30 Cargo traffic in Volga Basin of Russia’s IWW in navigation season 2018 fell by 14.6% Y-o-Y to 36.662 million tonnes
11:07 Verifavia Shipping signs cooperations with 8 ROs to support IMO DCS verification
10:48 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6.89 million tonnes of cargo in 11M'18, up 13.8% Y-o-Y
10:24 Port of HaminaKotka throughput in 11M’2018 grew by 11.5% Y-o-Y to 14.89 million tonnes
10:07 Oman signs Jeddah Amendment on illicit maritime activity
09:45 Brent Crude futures price up 0.45% to $61.95, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.17% to $52.52
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,372 points
09:07 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
08:07 Torqeedo displays 2019’s new electric boating products at Salon Nautique International de Paris
07:34 chainPORT concludes its 4th Annual Meeting at the Port of Barcelona

2018 December 9

17:01 Jan De Nul starts beach protection project in Benin
16:06 MOL to participate in construction, ownership, operation of FSRU for Jawa 1 Gas-Fired IPP Project in Indonesia
14:40 Coast Guard continues search for survivors of capsized migrant vessel off Dominican Republic
13:38 CMA CGM announces FAK rates for Asia-Middle East Gulf trade
11:39 MHI Vestas clinches largest MW turbine order for Scotland's Moray Firth

2018 December 8

17:15 Huntington Ingalls Industries names Herman Shelanski as new VP, Business Development at it's shipbuilding division
16:07 Gladding-Hearn built pilot boat delivered to Southwest Alaska Pilots Association
13:12 EGCSA blasts MPA's ban on open-loop scrubbers in Singapore
10:28 Torqeedo displays 2019’s new electric boating products at Salon Nautique International de Paris.

2018 December 7

18:01 Naming ceremony for Arctic condensate tanker Boris Sokolov held at Guangzhou Shipyard International
17:38 Tellurian and Vitol sign MOU for 15-year LNG sale on JKM
17:14 Port of Tallinn rewards emission-reducing ships with a discount of up to 8% on tonnage fees
16:50 Vladimir Putin presents Captain Zybko with Distinguished Maritime Service Order
16:26 BSAP updates move forward at HELCOM key meeting
16:02 Orange Business Services keeps Arctic Shipping Company fleet connected along the Northern Sea Route
15:37 EU NAVFOR promotes maritime security dialogue in Somalia
14:59 Protection structures to be built at the port of Sochi
14:25 Northern Fleet's frigate Admiral Gorshkov takes part in training in the Barents Sea
14:08 ABS signs MOU with KOMERI to create a new facility dedicated to improving the safety of LNG as fuel
13:08 Crowley adds 400 new refrigerated containers to its fleet
12:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’18 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 2.9 million tonnes
11:57 Montreal, Canada to host 14th Arctic Shipping Summit on 13-14 March 2019
11:24 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 284,000 tonnes of fish in 11M’18, up 25.8% Y-o-Y
11:08 SEA Europe and ECSA pleased with EU’s actions on trade-distortive South Korean measures in shipping and shipbuilding
10:45 Extraordinary General Shareholders Meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividends
10:21 Brent Crude futures price down 0.62% to $59.69, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.41% to $51.28
10:06 Barcelona City Council supports reducing pollution in the Mediterranean with a low emissions zone
09:42 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,339 points
09:03 Fincantieri launches new ship “Carnival Panorama” for Carnival Cruise Line
08:07 NYK concludes long-term charter agreement for two LNG carriers with Total
07:24 ‘Breakbulk carrousel’ gives breakbulk and heavy cargo companies space for further growth in Rotterdam’s Waalhaven

2018 December 6

18:05 ONE Thailand receives 2018 Best Container Liner Award from Thai National Shippers’ Council