• 2018 November 15 12:39

    Residents of Riga and the Port outline a common vision for the future

    Residents of Riga and the Port outline a common vision for the future, the Port of Riga says in a press release.

    The Port of Riga is an integral part of the city. Territorially, it covers around a fifth of the total area of Riga. To find a balance between development of the Port and the interests of the city’s residents and businesses, it is crucial to encourage an open dialogue and a mutual exchange of information and interests. Therefore, in the beginning of November local and international experts from various industries and socially active residents of Riga gathered at the conference The Citizen of Riga and the Port, organised by Riga’s city architect, to become acquainted with the visions for the development of the Port of Riga, look at world examples and exchange views on the future interaction of Riga city and the Port.

    “In recent years, relations between the Port and residents of the city have significantly improved,” reveal the organisers of the forum. “If issues that are crucially important for residents are addressed and resolved, a normal coexistence takes place, which is a common hope of the residents and businesses of the Port alike,” according to Gvido Princis, the city architect of Riga.

    Currently, the most important issue for the Freeport of Riga Authority is to find ways to relieve the centre of Riga of coal cargoes. As the infrastructure project of Krievu Island is already in its final stage, now the focus is on how to further develop the Port, considering its interaction with the environment and the city. “The work on the Freeport of Riga Development Programme for 2019–2028 is almost finished and we plan to submit it for confirmation shortly. We are purposefully changing the philosophy of our work – the Port of Riga must become more open towards society, it must serve the interests of both the city and the state and at the same time continue the mission it has been fulfilling for centuries – to support the economy of the city and the whole country,” says CEO of the Freeport of Riga Ansis Zeltiņš.

    The vision of the Freeport of Riga for the next decade aims at developing the Port into a ‘smart’ logistic centre with services and factories of high added value. Whether the Port of Riga is a suitable and beneficial place for production development was a question discussed by the experts, city planners and representatives of the citizens at the conference. The goal of the discussion was to achieve a balance between business development in the Port of Riga and the interests of residents and businesses.

    Water, which occupies two thirds of the total area of the port, is a potential that is not sufficiently exploited in Riga. “Water is an available resource in Riga, which we do not use and sometimes don’t even know how to use. This situation stems from the years of the Iron Curtain, when the Port was closed and use of the coastline in Riga was prohibited. Such physical division of the Port over the decades has degraded the perception of Riga as being a port city, even by the inhabitants themselves. The tradition of using the public harbour in the daily lives of city dwellers has also disappeared,” reveals Princis.

    The Port must develop into a place which offers not only jobs, but also educational and recreational opportunities for its residents, and water may become a part of the city’s transportation system. For example, a ferry line that would connect Bolderāja and Vecmīlgrāvis may significantly contribute to the development of the northern part of the city. Together, on both sides of the Daugava River, live around 50 thousand inhabitants. Many production companies and a large number of workplaces are situated here, thus possessing the potential for economic synergy between the two neighbourhoods.

     




2019 February 22

18:08 Pacific Fleet AS-34 underwater vehicle practises maneuvering in Kola Bay
17:50 Krasnoye Sormovo launches first ship in new RSD59 series of four ships ordered by STLC
17:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
17:05 Bilfinger expands in international maritime scrubber market
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