• 2020 January 15 11:18

    Important developments at the Port of Riga in 2019

    In 2019, several important developments took place at the Port of Riga, the port says in a press release. Along the launch of state-of-the-art terminals in Krievu sala in the spring of this year, intensive handling of coal in the centre of Riga, dust and piles of black coal in Andrejsala became a part of the history. By completing large infrastructure facilities, operators of the Port of Riga significantly improved their competitiveness, and the competitiveness of the port. Furthermore, by implementing the concept of a smart port, projects related to advanced technology and e-commerce were launched. The port has also started significant upgrading works to reduce its environmental impact and improve the quality of life in local neighbourhoods.

    Undeniably, opening the terminals in Krievu sala in 2019 was the most important event at the Freeport of Riga. It was the largest investment and infrastructure project ever implemented at the Port of Riga. It included construction of several berths and roads, a railway station, and an enormous wind barrier, as well as installation of the state-of-the-art handling technologies. At the beginning of this year, the first trains and ships arrived. The advanced technologies ensure more environmentally friendly and faster unloading of rail cars, as well as transportation of coal to vessels. The entire process is three times shorter. Moreover, the Krievu sala wind barrier that limits the spread of coal dust has also received the Annual Architecture Prize of Riga.

    Port operators have also contributed to the development of port infrastructure and improvement of its general competitiveness. By completing a significant investment project at the beginning of this year, Rīgas Universālais Terminālis started receiving ships at its reconstructed birth, which was made longer and deeper by investing EUR 5 million. During the opening of the birth, Jānis Kasalis, its Executive Director, said, “We understood that if we failed to invest in the development of our company, namely, a longer and deeper birth, the volume of cargo handled by us in the future would decrease and we would not be able to grow as we had planned to.”

    At the beginning of summer, drainage of Kundziņsala residential area started. Due to rapid development of the port and construction of new infrastructure and terminals, the level of groundwater had increased in this part of Riga. The objective of the project was to prevent flooding of residential areas and reduce the consequences of industrial operations of the port, and to improve the quality of life of local residents.

    A Chinese-Latvian e-commerce centre was also launched at the Port of Riga this year. During the opening ceremony, the first container with paints from Riga Paints and Dyes Factory was sent to China. This project has ambitious goals: to transform Riga into a significant e-commerce transit hub in the Baltic region.

    In 2019, the port also focused on development of advanced technologies. In cooperation with LMT, test flights of 5G environmental monitoring drones were carried out at the Port of Riga. Thus, the port became one of the 5G pioneers.

    Furthermore, in 2019 the structure of handled cargo changed considerably. Though the total turnover was smaller due to fewer coal and oil ships arriving at the port, record numbers were achieved in several cargo segments. The volume of timber and its products, in particular pellets and woods chips, rapidly increased. The volume of handled cereals also increased by 40%, and the volume of peat by 20%, which confirms that the volume of export cargo originating from Latvia is on the rise. Tallink, the operator of Riga-Stockholm ferry line, can also boast a record number of passengers carried.




2020 January 24

18:07 Port of Hamburg not expecting reduction in container throughput caused by liner service changes announced by Ocean Alliance and Maersk
17:42 First ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation in the Port of Rostock
17:40 Engineering troops to develop a plant for desalination of water in the Arctic
17:16 Gasum completes 200th ship-to-ship LNG bunkering
16:52 Carnival Mardi Gras floated out at Meyer Turku shipyard
16:51 Former COO of Stanlow refinery: “The first step of the digitalization is underway”
16:27 Tallink’s vessel Silja Europa to be renewed at Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland
16:04 United Heavy Lift GmbH Hamburg takes over a modern Heavy Lift fleet of nine eco-friendly F900 newbuildings
16:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from West Med, Adriatic, Black Sea and East Med to Far East, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea
15:32 First Deputy PM Andrey Belousov held meeting with senior executives of RF Transport Ministry
15:03 Dublin Port Company christens its new Pilot Boat, DPC Tolka
14:30 Sergey Sapegin takes the helm of Kaliningrad Railway
14:03 The Grande Houston delivered to the Grimaldi Group
13:25 Port of Guayaquil inaugurates deepened maritime access channel
12:58 Bunker prices are table at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:01 CMA CGM announces PSS for reefer exports from Ecuador to Europe, Baltic, Mediterranean, Middle East & Asia
11:00 MAN Energy Solutions wins contract to supply the main propulsion engines for two patrol vessels
10:33 The ShipFC project to convert offshore vessel to run on ammonia-powered fuel cell
10:22 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 24
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.35% to $62.26, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.4% to $55.81
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 576 points

2020 January 23

19:00 Chembulk Tankers announces management changes
18:27 KOTUG provides salvage assistance to MV EM-OINOUSSES
18:07 Ocean Installer awarded contract with Dana Petroleum
17:42 Almost 290 cruise liners will call at Ports of Stockholm in 2020
17:37 NYK-operated coal carrier Sunshine Pride enters service for Joban Joint Power
17:19 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 2019 fell by 2% to 14.42 million tonnes (table)
16:48 Draft Strategy for Development of Russia’s Arctic Zone to be ready by 20 March 2020
16:05 The AUTOSHIP project receives funding of almost Euro 20.1 mln
15:21 probunkers signs LOI with Hyundai for the construction of two LNG bunker vessels
15:16 Perspectives for containers and ro-ro market discussed in Berlin
14:40 New intermodal train connection arranged from Luxembourg
13:37 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg spent RUB 11 million under its social and charity programmes in 2019
13:03 Global Ports Group to renew handling equipment
12:29 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approves reconstruction at the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
12:05 Port of Long Beach moves more than 7.6 million TEU in 2019
11:48 Croatian DIV Group in process to take-over Kleven Verft
11:00 Austal awarded A$15.5m contract for a 41 metre high speed catamaran ferry for SGTM Mauritius
10:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 23
10:27 ABS marks record-setting three years without a work-related lost time injury
10:25 IBIA: IMO 2020 preparations pay off
10:03 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.4% to $64.33, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.48% to $58.1
09:46 TransContainer dispatched test train with hazardous cargo in reefers from Korea to Poland
09:24 Baltic Dry Index is down to 623 points
09:08 Swissterminal and DP World enter strategic partnership
08:36 CMA CGM introduces NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES

2020 January 22

18:37 BunkerTrace secures first commercial partnership with Marfin Management
18:07 MAN Cryo to supply icebreaking RoRos with fuel gas supply system
17:45 Throughput of Chinese sea and river ports in 2019 grew by 5.7% YoY to 13.95 billion tonnes
17:20 Ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet approached the Strait of Tunis
17:06 Boluda Towage Europe introduces 1st retrofit of conventional tug complying with IMO TIER III Standards in Zeebrugge
16:56 Russian-Japanese anti-piracy exercise successfully completed in the Arabian sea
16:05 European shipping industry urges the revival of Operation Sophia
15:38 Marubeni and Klaveness join forces to create the world’s leading dry bulk Panamax pool
15:23 IMO Secretary-General calls for renewed cooperation at Davos forum
14:57 Positive steps for Somalia’s maritime sector
13:40 Medium sized sea tanker Akademik Pashin entered service with the Baltic Fleet
12:52 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:29 Nonius Engineering supports 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:44 NIBULON’s fleet transported a record number of cargoes by Ukrainian rivers in 2019