• 2020 June 29 12:36

    Cruise companies around the world are actively accepting reservations and preparing for the 2021/2022 tourist season

    At present, all planned cruise ship arrivals in the port of Riga have been canceled until August, the port says in a press release. Experts predict that cruise ship routes in Europe and regional cruises could be the first in the industry to be resumed. One of the examples - the Tallink Groupp passenger ship “Silja Serenade “- will start operating today with the regular cruise line on the route Riga - Helsinki. The vessel will go to Finland from the port of Riga every other day until August 15. Sea cruises to Åland and the Saaremaa islands are also planned this summer.

    At the same time, cruise companies around the world are actively accepting reservations and preparing for the 2021/2022 tourist season by developing special security protocols and planning a cruise travel map for the next five years.

    Having in mind external marketing activities with the aim to attract new cruise ships to the port of Riga, shortly before the national holidays, the Freeport of Riga CEO Ansis Zeltins met with partners involved in the cruise tourism industry. These were representatives from Riga Tourism Development Bureau, LIAA Tourism Department, Latvian Hotel and Restaurant Association, “Riga” Airport, SIA “Rīgas Pasažieru termināls”, “Riga Cruiseship Agency” and travel agency “Latvia Tours”.

    “In order to attract more cruise ships and tourists to Riga, it is not enough to have appropriate berths and terminals for boarding passengers. We also need a unique, competitive tourism offer and an efficient and convenient city infrastructure ", said the CEO of the Freeport of Riga Ansis Zeltins, pointing out that this task requires the active involvement and participation of all industry representatives and the city. "Now, at a time when the cruise industry has stopped its operation all over the world, it is the right time for everyone to identify and do their homework, which in the long run would provide an opportunity to strengthen Riga's position in the Baltic Sea cruise market," said A. Zeltins.

    Mr. Bo Larsen, Vice President of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), also took part in the discussion remotely, presenting the current situation and future prospects in the cruise industry. The Freeport of Riga Authority has been a member of CLIA for several years; this membership allows to establish and maintain contacts with cruise companies and to more actively promote Riga as a cruise tourism destination.

    "Despite the fact that the cruise segment is currently one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, according to the results of the CLIA research cruise tourists tend to be loyal to this type of travel, so the demand for cruise trips remains consistently high. According to CLIA forecasts, activity in the sector will resume, especially in the Baltic Sea region, which has been relatively less affected by the crisis", emphasized Bo Larsen. According to him, next season there could be a gradual renewal of cruise routes, the industry's adaptation to the new rules, and in 2022 - a return to the pre-crisis level, expecting a rapid increase in the number of cruise tourists.

    The Port of Riga has set an ambitious objective - to make Riga a “home port/turnaround port” of the Baltic cruise companies - a port where cruise passengers start and end their journey. This would not only improve the port's performance, but would also make a greater contribution to the development of Riga's tourism and hospitality industry.

2020 July 11

15:28 Cox Powertrain celebrates as first 300hp diesel outboards roll off the production line ready for delivery
14:51 WCI names Tracy R. Zea as President & CEO
13:45 NOS expands its fleet with two additional M-Class vessels
11:37 Huisman to deliver 250mt Knuckle Boom Crane and 500mt Towing Winch for Nanhai Rescue Bureau
10:52 Wabtec wins federal order for advanced marine engines on new multi-use ships

2020 July 10

19:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
18:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
18:04 HHLA implements machine learning for the first time to increase productivity
18:01 Port of HaminaKotka throughput in 6M’2020 fell by 14.2% YoY
17:38 Information on the seaport of Murmansk changed in the Register of Russian Seaports
17:13 Thun Tankers takes delivery of the fifth L-class at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard
16:52 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 3.3%
16:33 Valenciaport reaffirms its leadership as the first Spanish port at UNCTAD index
16:03 Port of Marseille to maintain €57 million in investments to stimulate the recovery
15:43 DNV GL launch support for new Dynamic Positioning system failure guideline enabling quicker and cost effective implementation
15:30 Volga Shipping Company delivered project cargo to the Caspian Sea
15:13 COVID-19 causes problems for implementing EU legislation - BIMCO
14:48 Throughput of Russian seaports in HI’2020 grew by 0.1% Y-o-Y
14:23 Wärtsilä simulator complex delivered to enhance operations at the Training and Education Office of the Indonesian National Police
14:03 Port of Oakland imports up 1.9 percent in June 2020
13:44 Onezhsky Shipyard delivers hybrid workboats Anatoly Klimov and Victor Vorotylo (video)
13:22 Governments of 12 countries pledge action for seafarers at crucial crew change summit
13:19 GTT receives an order from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding for the tank design of three new LNG carriers
13:01 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard commenced making hull of yet another minesweeper of Project 12700, Aleksandrit
12:38 Throughput of Murmansk Sea Fishing Port fell by 12.7% in HI’2020
12:13 Nuclear-powered icebreakers of Rosatomflot assisted 462 ship calls in winter-spring navigation season
11:35 Construction commences on Austal's largest ever ferry
11:04 GIWACAF launches webinar series on oil spill preparedness and response
10:46 FSUE “Rosmorport” takes award-winning place in the annual sailing regatta
10:32 LR to develop structural digital twin for Bluewater FPSO Glas Dowr
10:22 Rosmorport changes tariffs on berth assignment services in Astrakhan and Olya seaports
09:59 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:37 Oil prices decrease amid concern over demand recovery rates
09:20 Baltic Dry Index as of July 9
09:11 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 10

2020 July 9

19:03 OOCL receives Gold Award from the HKAEE for the fourth time
18:10 Aquila Power Catamarans announce a luxuriously versatile new model
17:55 Tallink Grupp’s vessel Sailor to operate on Paldiski-Kapellskär Route from Sunday
17:31 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:28 Port of Rotterdam to start trial with PIN-free container handling
17:18 Damen holds keel-laying for Port of Auckland’s fully electric RSD-E Tug 2513
17:12 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Selina with ST Shipping
16:44 "K" Line participates in JV for FPSO owning and chartering business offshore Brazil
16:23 Jan De Nul Group has started offshore installation activities in Taiwan
16:06 Port of Liepaja throughput in 6M’2020 fell by 15.6% Y-o-Y
15:48 Russia remains in Paris MOU’s White List
15:24 PD Ports submit response to national Freeport consultation
15:03 Khabarovsk Territory Governor Sergey Furgal detained by officials of Russia’s Investigative Committee
14:39 Aibel awarded Oseberg portfolio agreement
13:47 Ukraine is still on Paris MOU’s Black List
13:22 MOL announces joint development of energy-saving rudder
12:50 Container shipments on Russian Railways’ network up 15% in 1H 2020
12:17 Cargo transhipment in North Sea Port falls by more than 11% in first half of year
12:07 ABB teams up with Yinson on offshore oil and gas project in Brazil
11:20 FPSO operators could save £15 million per asset on maintenance
10:42 The CMA CGM Group commits to fight illicit trafficking in protected species and tightens its shipment control procedures
10:10 Unifeeder contracts We4Sea for fleetwide vessel performance monitoring
09:38 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 09
09:29 Oil market sees mixed price movements
09:13 Baltic Dry Index as of July 8