• 2018 January 12 10:02

    Freeport of Riga ready for winter and ice navigation

    At the end of last year, a running test of the icebreaker Varma, owned by the Port of Riga was performed. Based on test results as well as information provided by the Freeport of Riga services, the Freeport of Riga Captain Artūrs Brokovskis is convinced that the Port of Riga is ready for winter and ice navigation, the company said in its press release.

    In accordance with Cabinet Regulations, winter navigation in all Latvian ports lasts from 15 December to 15 April. Winter navigation means that ship owners have a duty to prepare ships for safe navigation at negative air temperature during this period. Ships must have equipment for freeing the ship’s hull from ice-cover. The layer of ice that forms as a result of wind and spray at negative air temperature changes the balance of the ship and poses a serious threat to its safety. In turn, the decision on the commencement of ice navigation in the Port of Riga and the Gulf of Riga, as well as on the necessity of icebreakers, is adopted by the captain of the Port of Riga taking into account the situation in the port and the gulf.

    Artūrs Brokovskis: “Vessels operating in the Port of Riga are prepared for winter navigation, and the port is ready for complicated ice navigation conditions. Icebreaker services in the navigable area of the Port of Riga itself are necessary only in rare cases. As a result of constant ship traffic, a thick layer of ice practically never forms; moreover, tugs operating in the Port of Riga are suitable for working under ice conditions and can also fulfil the ice-breaking function. Under ice conditions, icebreaker services are necessary in the Irbe Strait and the Gulf of Riga in order to help ships make their path to the Port of Riga. Ice navigation conditions, the duration of the season and the load of icebreakers in the Gulf of Riga are very difficult to predict and depend on not only air temperature but also wind direction and other conditions.”




2018 April 19

14:33 Maersk delivers new block train solution on Standard Gauge Railway
14:11 Global bunker market: the state of volatility remains, expert says
14:03 Samskip starts new service from Poland, Lithuania and Norway
13:20 Bibby Offshore becomes the first to deploy a pioneering diving safety system in the North Sea
13:17 Damen Dredging Equipment launches new DOP Dredger Series
13:11 Draft rules for collection of port investment due is available for public discussion (document)
12:52 Wärtsilä to provide optimised maintenance for a complete fuel gas handling system for Viking
12:08 6th Forum of Intermodal Transport FRACHT 2018 held in Gdańsk on 11-12 April
11:13 Port of Rotterdam: growth in container throughput continues in first quarter
10:49 Port of Riga introduces new cargo handling technologies
10:15 Experts forecast Russia's LNG exports to make 33 to 62 million tonnes by 2030
09:52 Brent Crude futures price up 0.6% to $73.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.55% to $68.85
09:34 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,124 points
09:24 APM Terminals launches integrated cold chain solutions in India
09:17 Bunker prices show no significant changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)

2018 April 18

18:26 Engine room fire on board Finlandia Seaways quickly under control
18:05 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles offer seed money to foster the development of new goods-movement technologies that improve air quality
17:47 Port of Rotterdam Authority launches new Pronto application
17:25 CMA CGM implements FAK rates from East Mediterranean ports to Gulf and Red Sea
16:55 Royal IHC announces successful launching of BONNY RIVER in China
16:16 RZD Logistics and Fenix will develop transit cargo transportation via port Bronka (photo)
16:05 Jumbo names new offshore vessel Stella Synergy
15:28 Samskip brings Rotterdam into Nor Lines' flexible LNG-powered service network
15:05 CMA CGM implements GRR from Asia to West Africa
15:02 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard tested mooring facilities of Akademik Lomonosov FPU (photo)
14:59 Port of Long Beach container cargo volumes swell 14 percent in March 2018
13:37 Kazmortransflot LLP takes delivery of final Damen Shoalbuster 2709 for Caspian Sea operations
13:08 Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga purchased Liebherr crane as part of Yug-2 terminal modernization (photo)
12:35 Crowley completes acquisition of three SeaRiver tankers
11:47 Major ASW ships Severomorsk and Vice Admiral Kulakov practise search for submarine in Barents Sea
11:19 USC: Import substitution and localization in shipbuilding is hindered by undeveloped service offer
10:50 Russia and Japan ink MoC on mutual recognition of seafarers’ diplomas (photo)
10:25 Brent Crude futures price up 0.54% to $71.97, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $66.86
10:09 FLEX LNG LTD signs one year time-charter with Enel
09:48 CMA CGM welcomes IMO's decision to reduce by 50% the industry’s CO2 emissions in 2050
09:33 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,052 points

2018 April 17

18:06 Management of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company met with seafarers of the Company’s Offshore Fleet
17:57 RF Navy's major landing ship Minsk visits Lisbon port
17:35 For the first time, more than 30 ports certified with EcoPorts PERS environmental standard
17:05 MAN Diesel & Turbo wins major container vessel order
16:35 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane for Italian multi-purpose terminal
16:30 Port of Antwerp freight volume up 7.1% to 58,328,678 tonnes in Q1 2018
16:20 Reconstruction and modernization of Yug-2 terminal at the port of Ust-Luga to increase its annual capacity to 20 million tonnes by 2020
16:05 The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship begins to take form
15:24 Rolls-Royce to supply innovative autocrossing system and propellers to 13 new ferries
15:05 DNV GL launches alternative fuels white paper
14:13 Inland container shipping sector consultations facilitated by Port of Rotterdam Authority yield tangible results
13:20 The Panama Canal “adrift” due to safety concerns
12:58 Authorities and researchers to seek solutions to Arctic navigation
12:15 PowerCell’s fuel cell technology will make vessels emission-free
12:02 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:44 Wan Hai Lines to launch Indonesia to Singapore / Malaysia service
11:31 HII awarded contract for DDG 51-Class follow yard services
11:23 Malta Freeport orders fifteen Konecranes RTGs
11:03 Vostochny Port JSC exported 6 million tonnes of coal YTD (photo)
10:24 Brent Crude futures price up 0.55% to $71.80, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.63% to $66.64
10:00 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 3M’18 up 13% Y-o-Y to 3.56 million tonnes
09:36 Throughput of port Vysotsk down 3% to 4.52 million tonnes in 3M’18
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,025 points