• 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 August 17

14:24 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel Facilities
13:31 Damen Shipyards Cape Town joins Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
12:28 CMA CGM announces rate restoration for Asia to West Africa trade
11:32 APL informs on voil sailing on Asia-Indian Subcontinent Service in August
10:58 Pre-commissioned USCG's Cutter Midgett makes second cocaine seizure within five days

2019 August 16

18:16 Port of Vyborg volumes in Jan-Jul plummet 29% to 687,700 tons
18:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
17:36 Norwegian Encore leaves MEYER WERFT's building dock
17:06 Balltec secures North Sea decommissioning contract from Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland
16:35 Canada Infrastructure Bank signs MoU with the Port of Montreal on Contrecoeur port expansion project
16:05 Vår Energi AS awarded an EPCI contract to Rosenberg Worley AS
16:03 Low-sulphur marine fuel sales by Gazprom Neft in the first half of the year increased by 11% to 121,400 tonnes
15:48 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
15:36 Throughout of oil port Primorsk in Jan-Jul 2019 increased 14% to 35.74 million tonnes
15:14 New mid-year record for container volumes through the Port of Vancouver
15:11 USCG repatriates 25 migrants to the Dominican Republic
14:27 Port of Vysotsk throughput in January-July rose 7% to 11.14 million tonnes
14:10 Austal signs A$126 mln contract to export two Cape Class Patrol Boats
13:14 Seven-month cargo volumes of Port of Ust-Luga increase 10% to 62 million tonnes (update)
13:05 NORDEN signs multiple long-term global contracts
12:05 APM Terminals Poti to implement uninterrupted 24/7 operations
11:39 Port of St. Petersburg seven-month volumes rise 2% to 35 million tonnes (update)
11:05 Steel cutting ceremony for the next AIDA LNG cruise ship at MEYER WERFT
10:48 Tekmar Energy selected for Formosa 1 Phase 2
10:44 Port of Hamburg seaborne cargo throughput up 4.1 percent to 69.4 million tons in H1 2019
09:55 Crude futures prices tend upward again: Brent Crude rises to $ 58,88, WTI – to $ 55,16
09:34 Baltic Dry Index leaps 97pts to 2047 points
09:27 Bunker prices show mixed movements at Port of St. Petersburg
08:41 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 16

2019 August 15

18:48 Seven-month box throughput of Ukraine’s seaports leaps 20% to 545.800 TEUs
18:05 Huntington Ingalls Industries announces leadership changes at shipyards
17:05 Scandlines installs Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution on board hybrid ferry
16:43 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel facilities
16:35 Kalmar service expertise to enhance safety, performance and productivity at OPCSA’s Las Palmas terminal
16:33 Global Dredging Forum in London to address all current aspects of capital and maintenance dredging as expansion opportunity
16:05 Wilhelmsen Ship Management awarded two supramaxes from Stove Shipping AS
15:47 Neste introduces a new IMO2020-compliant low-sulphur marine fuel
15:43 Stena Bulk's CEO appeals directly to the Leaders of India, Russia, Latvia & the Philippines
14:33 Rotterdam Polymer Hub construction starts
14:20 A.P. Moller - Maersk reports strong improvements in earnings in Q2
14:01 Tuapse Sea Commercial Port JSC 1H net profit drops 3.3 times to RUB 1bn
13:52 Port of Oslo speaker to join Int'l Baltic Transport Forum, Sept. 11
13:05 RS supports PortNews сonference on icebreaking and service fleet, to be held prior to NEVA-2019 trade fair
13:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
12:06 LUGAPORT terminal construction kicks off at Port of Ust-Luga
12:03 MOL transports fire engines to Paraguay
11:03 Jan De Nul bags 600MW Kriegers Flak contract
10:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
10:01 Crude futures prices continue to decline: Brent Crude – to $ 59,09, WTI – to $ 54,92
09:57 Latest frigate Admiral Kasatonov enters shipbuilder’s trials final phase
09:12 Baltic Dry Index leaps by 4.61% to hit 1950-pts mark
08:42 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 15

2019 August 14

23:00 Sergey Mazokhin takes helm at Nordic Engineering JSC
18:09 Icebreaker Novorossiysk escorts Silver Explorer along the Northern Sea Route
18:05 OOCL revises Trans-Pacific service
17:23 Moscord to add Schneider Electric Marine Product Line
16:35 Wärtsilä turns to startups to help solve some of the biggest problems in the maritime industry
16:05 Round table on import substitution in Russian shipbuilding sector slated to be held on August 29 in St. Petersburg
16:04 HHLA H1 2019 performance report: growth with sustainable success
15:33 Wilhelmsen Ship Management awarded two supramaxes from Stove Shipping AS