• 2019 May 24 15:27

    Surveillance camera installed by Freeport of Riga Authority on Krievu Island for coal dust monitoring

    With a view to ensuring the ongoing monitoring of the coal loading process and rapid identification of any potential deviations during coal loading, the Freeport of Riga Authority has installed a surveillance camera opposite the Krievu Island Terminal. According to the port’s statement, images recorded by the camera are available online.

    This was a response to complaints received from local residents about increased coal dusting observed during the coal loading process on Krievu Island. The Freeport of Riga Authority has conducted an investigation and established that increased coal dusting has occasionally taken place. The reason is that active coal handling began on Krievu Island in February of this year, when undertakings operating in the port were still implementing and adjusting their new equipment and loading processes. This is a time-consuming process, when equipment failure may affect the overall loading process, thereby leading to temporary increases in coal dust produced. 

    It is to be recalled that, aiming to preserve the quality of life of people living in the territories that are adjacent to the terminal and pursuant to conditions formulated by the State Environmental Bureau with regard to environmental impact assessment, the Freeport of Riga Authority has constructed two new air monitoring stations in addition to a 23-metre wind fence, which was built in the territory of Krievu Island to reduce the impact of prevailing winds on the spread of dust in the local environment. One of the stations is located in the north-west part of the newly constructed terminal of Krievu Island, while the other station is situated in the direct vicinity of residential areas near Lielupes Street in Bolderāja. If necessary, the Freeport of Riga Authority may decide to build additional air monitoring stations, depending on the situation.

    Devices at these monitoring stations (dust analysers) can separate PM10 from other dust particles and measure their concentration in ambient air. The stations conform to all European Commission’s requirements and standards, and operate online, ensuring the ongoing transmission of measurement data. Data derived by the monitoring stations can be provided to the State Environmental Service, entities of the Freeport of Riga Authority and undertakings operating in the port, while monthly data are available on the website of the Freeport of Riga Authority.

    The Freeport of Riga Authority invites citizens to call the Operational Control Division of the Port Police at tel. 67090777 if they observe any potential deviations, and all necessary actions will be taken to identify the situation, which will be reported to the State Environmental Service immediately.

    In 2012, the Freeport of Riga Authority launched the project “Development of Infrastructure on Krievu Island for the Transfer of Port Activities from the City Centre” to free the centre of Riga from coal cargo and transfer the handling of coal to new terminals equipped with modern technologies on Krievu Island. On 31 December 2015, the construction of the principal infrastructure of the Krievu Island Terminal was completed, which included 4 deep-water piers (ship draughts of 15.5 m) with a total length of 1,180 m and the necessary access road and utility infrastructure.

    Alongside the construction of additional infrastructure begun by the Freeport of Riga Authority in September 2017, stevedoring companies are building administrative and process buildings and installing special purpose equipment for coal handling, crushing, transportation and loading onto ships.


2019 June 26

18:31 Dolphin Drilling business completes financial restructuring and appoints new management team
18:11 Jacobs wins contract to help build the largest shipyard in the Arabian Gulf
18:09 Senior officials from Kenya Coast Guard Services are undergoing training at national workshop in Mombasa
17:52 LUKOIL commissions two wells at V. Filanovsky field
17:30 Term of office of Sergey Baryshnikov, Rector of Makarov University, extended for 5 years
17:06 Saudi Aramco signs 12 agreements with South Korean partners worth billions of dollars
16:41 Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam completes major maintenance programme on OSV Deep Arctic
16:23 Nordic Engineering wins competition on development of technical design for 6-8 MW icebreaker
15:49 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker returned to Murmansk after its 50th voyage to North Pole
15:35 OOCL chooses Navis Stowage Planning Software StowMan for its container ship fleet
14:52 MacGregor works together with MSC to maximise performance and reduce emissions
14:50 IMO celebrates 30 years of outstanding legal training
14:26 North Sea Port conducts quay-inspection test using underwater robot from Asset.Insight.
14:03 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion signs contract on the conversion of a dredger ‘Samuel de Champlain’
13:52 EU NAVFOR Somalia takes part in Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in Western Indian Ocean and Plenary Session of CGPCS
13:24 Sergey Larionov elected as General Director of Lena United River Shipping Company
12:51 Igor Tonkovidov elected as Chairman of Novoship BoD
12:27 Port of Rotterdam Authority to invest over 3.5 million euros to optimise the Wilhelminahaven
12:00 Nevsky Shipyard certified in “Military Register” Voluntary Certification System
11:58 Closing of MacGregor's TTS acquisition postponed to Q3 2019
11:35 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approved project on development of bunkering base at commercial seaport of Murmansk
10:57 Yamal LNG shipped first LNG cargo to Japan
10:18 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.42% to $65.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.94% to $58.95
09:59 IAPH South East Asia and Oceania Region meets in Kuala Lumpur in August
09:44 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning June, 26
09:33 Bunker prices increase at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,280 points

2019 June 25

18:06 VARD orders seawater cooling for newbuild cable layer
17:34 ABP Humber Estuary Services (HES) purchased new £600,000 survey vessel
17:06 Q-Flex vessel sets delivery benchmark in Turkey
16:28 Awilco LNG posts vessel and contract update
16:22 Zhatai Shipyard to be provided with RUB 4.1 billion of budget investments in 2019–2021
15:59 Maersk introduces Maersk Spot, a new fully online product that simplifies the buying process for customers
15:15 NCSP Group announced decisions made at annual general shareholders' meeting
14:51 IMO: committed to implementation
14:20 ABP King’s Lynn investment attracts new construction industry customer
13:37 MAN B&W dual-fuel engines pass half-million hour milestone
12:59 ECSA celebrates the Day of the Seafarer
12:47 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:58 Fuel technologies in the spotlight at ABS Hellenic Technical Committee
11:39 Dickson obtains status of international port
10:58 MEYER WERFT hands over Spirit of Discovery to the British cruise line Saga Cruises
10:42 Concordia Damen ships 18 hulls from Shanghai to Rotterdam
10:24 Gender equality is the theme of Day of the Seafarer 2019
10:03 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.81% to $63.66, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.88% to $57.39
09:46 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 25
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,258 points

2019 June 24

18:05 Training Montenegro to combat oil spills
17:50 Four cruise ships visit the Port of Riga at the same time
17:27 Finnish Government proposes supplementary appropriation of EUR 40 million for basic infrastructure management
17:05 Austal delivers third guardian class patrol boat to the Australian Department of Defence
16:47 Incat Crowther announces contract to design a 65m catamaran passenger ferry
16:46 Construction and operation of dual-fuel ships has low economic efficiency – USC President
16:45 Maersk Drilling completes sale of jack-up Mærsk Giant
16:24 USC set to build floating electricity-generating facilities running on LNG supplied by bunkering ships
16:03 Van Oord and Mammoet enter into cooperation with scale-up Verton
15:45 United Shipbuilding Corporation to launch the first LNG-powered ferry for Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line in late July
15:30 United Shipbuilding Corporation establishes USC-Propulsion and USC-Interior subdivisions
15:03 MOL signs deal on a long-term charter contract to utilize "MOL FSRU Challenger" for Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project
14:42 New USC Vice-President, Civil Shipbuilding, to get into office on 10 July 2019