• 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 September 17

10:34 Safety at Sea and BIMCO publish cyber security white paper
10:27 ABS and Keppel partner in developing the first two new build Drilling Rigs with Smart Notations
09:43 Greenland research vessel picks MAN hybrid propulsion package
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.87% to $68.42, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.24% to $61.89
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,311 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 17

2019 September 16

18:04 Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia
17:59 GOGL increases investment in Singapore Marine
17:50 Pella launched first serial trawler of Project 03095, Castor
17:25 Tenders on pilot projects for stevedoring company concessions in Olvia and Kherson ports officially announced
17:04 Vestdavit equips Norwegian Coast Guard’s next generation for Polar boat launch and recovery
16:29 USCG halts 2 illegal charters near Miami, Fort Lauderdale
16:04 Royal Caribbean to welcome first Quantum Ultra Class ship to North America
15:27 Boluda Towage Spain manoeuvres world’s largest container ship in port of Algeciras
15:04 Cargill and Maersk Tankers join forces in the Medium Range segment
14:10 Zvezda shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for third Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:39 Jotun transforms turnaround times for storage tanks with a new TankFast solution
13:16 North Sea Port starts testing more reliable lockage planning for scheduled services in the Terneuzen lock
12:42 Meyer Turku is moving the delivery of Costa Smeralda to November
12:18 AEC welcomes Guggenheim Partners Investment Management as Arctic Partner
11:55 Professional emergency response team of Kontur SPb LLC recommended to be certified for emergency response to oil spills
11:21 Workshop on ISPS Code for Designated Authority and Port Facility Security Officers held in Ghana
10:53 IMO continues work to promote ratification of international treaty covering wreck removal
10:29 GESAMP celebrates fifty years of service in ocean science
10:04 Busan Port Authority and Adani Ports & SEZ conclude MOU
09:50 Brent Crude futures price is up 9.96% to $66.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 8.61% to $59.52
09:32 Gazprom supports 3rd Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” as its General Sponsor
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,312 points
09:08 Nyborg becomes 30th port to join the Cruise Baltic network
08:44 ECSA, INTERFERRY, EUDA and CLIA Europe welcome report on the evaluation of the Energy Taxation Directive
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 16
08:00 Live webcast of NEVA 2019 zero-day conference begins at 10 am, September 16, on PortNews website

2019 September 15

15:47 M/V "SARA” refused access to the Paris MoU region
14:26 USCG assisted capsized USFSP sail students in St. Petersburg, Florida
12:02 World’s largest wind turbine blade test stand built by Siemens Gamesa
11:21 IMCA to introduce CPD scheme for diving supervisors
10:51 L3Harris Technologies delivers new advanced autonomous vehicle capability to UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

2019 September 14

15:29 Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after protest demonstration
13:39 Crondall Energy partners with Pharis Energy on innovative Pilot Field development
12:08 Prysmian's new cable-laying vessel Leonardo da Vinci scheduled for delivery in 2Q 2021
10:32 Woodside invests in emerging technology for seismic data acquisition

2019 September 13

18:06 Sture terminal situation normalised
17:47 Malaysia encourages gender diversity in the maritime industry
17:24 Multipurpose ship of Project MPSV12, Kalas, successfully completed sea trials
17:06 Frontline extends expiry date of first option for two Trafigura Suezmax tankers
16:30 ABP to welcome Royal Navy’s HMS Grimsby into Port of Grimsby
16:25 Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System chosen for retrofitting to four Korean vessels
16:05 Multi Modal Rail B.V. (MMR) launches rail service between Rotterdam and Ottmarsheim, France
15:48 ABP and WISTA UK host 'Women in Maritime' reception during LISW
15:09 Shearwater GeoServices awarded large South America survey
14:26 ABB enables emissions-free port stay in Marseille for Corsica Linea ferries
14:09 Start of the project “Dredging the Nieuwe Diep – Port of Den Helder”
13:45 First ever ABB electric propulsion to be installed on board a bulk carrier
13:20 Port of Oakland opens peak season with cargo volume growth
12:47 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 8M’2019 fell by 30% Y-o-Y to 22.35 million tonnes
12:09 MOL starts demonstration test of vessel image recognition system using AI technology on Nippon Maru
11:28 RS introduces new requirements into Part I of Rules for Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships
11:09 Rolls-Royce achieves 50th MT30 production milestone
10:42 In August, Klaipėda LNG Terminal regasified 1.4 times more gas than was consumed in the entire country
10:09 Port of Long Beach cargo volumes hit 663,992 TEUs in August 2019