• 2018 September 24 09:21

    Freeport of Riga’s project on construction of Krievu Island Terminal enters its final phase

    The greatest project in the history of the Freeport of Riga — the Krievu Island Terminal — is entering into its final phase with the additional infrastructure works and construction of the required utilities, cargo areas, rail approach roads, a windbreak fence to meet environmental protection requirements, administrative buildings, and installation of coal handling technologies. The course of work creates confidence that all construction works on Krievu Island will be completed within the planned deadlines, the Freeport of Riga says in its press release.

    “The Freeport of Riga Authority is closely following the schedules of the final phase of the construction works as well as the work plan. The whole process is going according to the planned and approved schedule, and today I am convinced that the required infrastructure will be available to stevedores on time and in the expected amount and quality. The work progress and collaboration with stevedores suggest that also stevedores will be able to fulfil their part of commitments in terms of the construction of infrastructure and technologies, thus the moving process to Krievu Island will go smoothly without delays, while meeting all requirements of the European Commission,” highlights the CEO of the Freeport of Riga Ansis Zeltiņš.

    Construction of cargo areas and utilities in the territory leased by the stevedoring company STREK SIA is already completed in full amount. Instructions for the installation of facilities and executive documentation are currently being developed, as well as opinions from supervisory authorities are being received. Construction of the 23 metres high windbreak fence in the territory leased by STREK SIA is completed at 90% — all masts are installed, wires between the masts of the fence and the wind mesh of the fence are being mounted. According to the set work schedule, construction of the wind fence on the territory of STREK SIA should be completed by the end of September 2018. Stevedores are working on the construction of interior for administrative and service buildings, and exterior panels are being mounted on the building for unloading of dry bulk. STREK SIA is actively working on the supply and assembly of the technological equipment.

    “We commend the Freeport of Riga Authority for the cooperation. Thus far, in all matters we have been able to reach an agreement and come up with mutually acceptable solutions. We also highly evaluate the job done by the contractors. The volume of work is high and the deadlines are very tight, but the construction work is nevertheless progressing according to the plan. If the construction works are put into service according to the schedule, the moving process to Krievu Island will commence within the planned terms,” says the co-owner of STREK SIA Mihails Gaņevs.

    Construction works on underground utilities in the territory leased by the stevedore Riga Coal Terminal SIA continues: posts are being constructed for gantry crane roadways between cargo areas, concrete beams are being constructed, and reinforced concrete slabs are being laid out in the cargo areas. At the moment, the completed works amount to around 80% of the total volume of construction works. Construction of foundation piles for the windbreak fence is currently being carried out in the territory of Riga Coal Terminal SIA. Fence masts are already delivered to the construction site and installation work has begun. Completed works amount to 59%. In mid October, Riga Coal Terminal SIA plans to start delivery of its technological equipment and installation in Krievu Island.

    “We work in close collaboration with the Freeport of Riga Authority to make sure that both parties fulfil their commitments and ensure that the infrastructure, including the new railway station “Krievu Island”, is ready for operational use according to the deadlines and schedules. This is crucial for us to be able to commence processing of cargo on Krievu Island as of 2019,” points Jānis Priede, chairman of the board of directors of Riga Coal Terminal.

    As announced, in the interests of observing environmental protection requirements, at its meeting on 25 July, the Board of the Freeport of Riga decided to purchase and install two new air quality monitoring stations, one of which will be placed in the north-western part of the Krievu Island Terminal, and the other one — near the residential area of Riga, in the territory of Lielupes iela in Bolderāja District. The stations will be installed and ready for work by this October.

    To free the centre of Riga from coal cargo and transfer the handling of coal to the new terminals equipped with modern technologies on Krievu Island, in 2012 the Freeport of Riga Authority commenced the project “Development of infrastructure on Krievu Island for the transfer of port activities from the city centre”. On 31 December 2015, the construction of the principal infrastructure of the Krievu Island Terminal was completed, which included 4 deep-water piers (15.5 m) with the total length of 1,180 metres and the necessary access road and utility infrastructure.




2018 December 14

18:17 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama
17:48 Petersburg Oil Terminal puts into operation its emergency response team
17:33 Vinalines to open container shipping centre next week
17:30 Fairway adjustment will simplify Elbe traffic control already next year
17:27 Final cruise ship for the year calls to the Port of Gothenburg
17:23 The MV Magda joins the Klaveness Bulkhandling pool
17:16 India’s containerised export up 10% in the third quarter of 2018
17:13 FSL Trust announces newbuilding agreement for the construction of two LR2 product tankers
17:13 Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations to receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E
16:24 World Fuel Services expands bunker operations in US leading up to 2020
15:57 IMO held training workshops in Cameroon Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions
14:49 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down self-propelled hopper barge of Project HB600
14:08 Irish Continental Group plc takes delivery of cruise ferry W.B.Yeats
13:55 WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference
13:31 First in industry ADNOC co-loads LPG and propylene onto same vessel in Ruwais
13:10 WMU hosted round table discussion regarding key challenges facing IMO
12:53 Bunker market at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia shows mixed price movements (graph)
12:32 Nordic American Offshore secures contract for its PSV NAO Viking
12:11 Rosrybolovstvo supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress
11:50 Association of Commercial Sea Ports celebrates its 30th anniversary
11:24 Gazprom and Itochu sign MoU under Baltic LNG project
11:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreement
10:48 Domestic ferry safety exercise conducted in Indonesia
10:25 IMO holds training for managing insecurity in west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
10:06 EC adds six new yards to its ‘European List of ship recycling facilities’
09:47 Brent Crude futures price down 0.61% to $61.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $52.37
09:25 GTT notified by HSHI for the tank design of two new LNG carriers for CMM
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points
08:06 Fincantieri publishes its Sustainability Plan 2018-2022
07:14 Port of Long Beach cargo volume up to 621,835 TEU in November 2018
06:09 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for LPG carrier "LAUREL PRIME"

2018 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
17:00 Murmansk Region will improve water safety regulations – Marina Kovtun
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes
16:36 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and NAODAN Chartering
16:30 Murmansk Region Governor is a member of revised State Commission for Arctic Development Issues
16:26 YILPORT Holding wins Port Operator Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards
16:03 Rosmorport releases RFPs for design of an DF 12/14MW icebreaker
15:49 Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand
15:46 Baltic Sea Ports Authority icebreakers assist merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland
15:21 Containerships receives its first LNG-powered container vessel
14:44 Uncertainty lingers in fuel markets despite OPEC cuts
14:17 Maersk Line receives Containership Operator of the Year award
14:13 Iran-Indonesia to develop port cooperation
13:22 NOIA: U.S. territories need the Offshore Wind for Territories Act
13:12 QPS inks first "Green Loan" with BNP Paribas
12:48 Panama Canal signs agreement with Brazil's Port of Itaqui
12:32 Port of Ust-Luga throughput in Jan-Nov drops 4% to 90.27 million tonnes (updates)
11:34 Port of St. Petersburg eleven-month volume rises 11% to 54.15 million tonnes (updated)
11:06 Nonius Engineering to join the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its sponsor and speaker
10:16 Crude oil futures gain to $ 60,44 (Brent) and $ 51,32 (WTI)
09:07 Baltic Dry Index down 0.81% to 1353 points