• 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.

     




2019 February 22

16:35 Aker Solutions to develop digital twin for Wintershall’s Nova field
16:12 Chiquita's new container ship pays its first visit to Kloosterboer in North Sea Port
15:31 DOF awarded contracts for three ROV Support Vessels in Brazil
15:12 Biggest wellboat in the world’s hull arrives at Havyard yard in Leirvik
14:55 Zaliv shipyard (Kerch) launched search-and-rescue ship of Project А163
14:12 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
13:48 32 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 21-22
13:30 GTT creates a Digital Hub of Excellence in Singapore
13:04 The Spectrum of the Seas leaves the MEYER WERFT's dock
12:49 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg upgrades its cane equipment
12:30 Port of Rotterdam bunker figures down to 9.5 million m3 in 2018
12:03 Algoma announces purchase of additional product tanker
11:30 Van Oord is one of the founding partners and main sponsor of PortXL
11:02 Fincantieri and Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding reach an agreement to cooperate in the UAE shipbuilding segment
10:30 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for next-generation LNG carrier "MARVEL CRANE"
10:20 Port of Yeisk handled 159,000 tonnes of cargo year-to-date
10:00 CMA CGM implements Port Congestion Surcharge from Med and North Europe to Canada East Coast
09:58 The Netherlands ratifies ship recycling convention
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.24% to $66.91, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 630 points

2019 February 21

18:33 AML’s MVP200 selected for new Swedish “RV Svea”
18:16 ​Shearwater GeoServices and TGS partner for major Brazil survey
18:03 NYK selected as a White 500 company for third consecutive year
17:55 Rosmorport to dredge 12.1 million cbm of material in 2019
17:34 Boskalis expands market position in marine survey through acquisition Horizon
17:29 GE to supply LM2500 gas turbine auxiliary equipment for Indian Navy’s P17A frigates
17:11 Hydrographic Company to get 15 new vessels by 2024
17:05 Rotterdam port innovation programme PortXL participants announced
17:03 H.H. Sheikh Theyab updated on ADNOC L&S strategy to become a global shipping champion
16:14 SCHOTTEL presents new shallow-water thruster SPJ 30 up to 150 kW
15:35 Forth Ports Group receives planning consent for new terminal at the Port of Tilbury
15:16 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
14:32 A.P. Moller - Maersk accelerates transformation and grows revenue in 2018
14:11 Teekay Tankers reports fourth quarter and annual 2018 results
13:46 Santos posts it 2018 net profit of $630 million
13:15 Gazprom Neft demonstrates solid growth across all key financial indicators in 2018
13:13 A.P. Moller - Maersk initiates demerger and separate listing of Maersk Drilling
12:49 ESPS Relampago’s crew carried out maritime training exercises with the Seychelles Coastguard
11:57 First meeting of Eastern Partnership LNG Network takes place in Warsaw
11:28 42 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 20-21
11:03 The UK publishes draft UK MRV legislation following Brexit
10:39 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 60,500 under its social programme in 2018
10:16 IMO treaties ratified by Guyana
09:54 Allocations of Taganrog Sea Commercial Port for its environmental programme in 2018 totaled USD 96,400
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.18% to $67.2, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $57.45
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 622 points

2019 February 20

18:13 Klaipėdos nafta carried out the 10th operation of reloading LNG from a gas carrier to ground storage tanks
17:52 VNIIR-Progress St. Petersburg supplies electrical equipment for Atomflot icebreaker
17:28 Documents on concession model for Taman dry cargo area project to be submitted to RF Govt in March 2019
17:04 Cammell Laird stages ‘float-off’ for new £10m ferry for Red Funnel
16:46 VTMS, AIS and Pilotage Service on the Northern Sea Route to remain under Rosmorport’s control
16:25 NOVATEK eyes arranging LNG bunkering in Sabetta
16:04 Maersk enhances Asia-Europe network to further improve schedule reliability
15:43 Decision made on transfer of FSUE Hydrographic Company to Rosatom Corporation
15:21 Euronav sells LR1 Genmar Сompatriot
14:54 SIA Extron Baltic receives award for rapid growth in the Port of Riga
14:30 NOVATEK announces consolidated IFRS results for year ended 31 December 2018
14:02 COSCO SHIPPING Lines and Bolloré Transport & Logistics sign a MoU to develop new synergies
13:39 ABP partners with Grimsby-based Maritime Academy
13:15 Toll unveils new Australian ship