• 2018 September 19 15:47

    Freeport of Riga Authority begins active cooperation with its Chinese partners

    In terms of diversification of cargo and points of origin, cooperation between the Freeport of Riga Authority and partners from China is becoming increasingly active. According to FRA, the Chinese cargo market, potential transportation routes through the Port of Riga and attracting Chinese investment have been the focus of the Freeport of Riga Authority for a long time. Cooperation has now become even more active and partners from China are showing a strong interest in the Port of Riga.  

    At the beginning of last week, representatives of the holding company China Merchants Group (CMG) visited the Freeport of Riga Authority. CMG is an investor and terminal operator of international importance, which owns 30 ports in 16 countries. One of the current projects of CMG is the construction and development of the Great Stone — an industrial park and logistics center in Belarus, near Minsk. High-quality and effective logistics play an important role in reaching the goals of Chinese businessmen to turn the Great Stone into a profitable Chinese distribution center. As Belarus has no sea ports of its own, the most cost effective route is being sought for cargo transportation to the ports of Lithuania and Latvia. 

    “It is very important that at this early stage we have begun cooperation on this project with partners from China and Belarus. When the Great Stone is complete and ready for work, logistic routes will already have been established and our involvement would be too late. Therefore, we must look at the current activities from a future perspective,” Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Riga Authority for Legal and Administrative Matters Mārtiņš Ziemanis is convinced. 

    During the visit of CMG representatives, a strategic partnership agreement was signed between the Freeport of Riga Authority and CMG which involves collaboration in several areas, including cargo transit and implementation of joint investment projects. “The fact that the initiative to visit the Freeport of Riga and sign the partnership agreement this time came from the Chinese partners gives a positive outlook for future collaboration with CMG,” Ziemanis concludes.

    Since the beginning of this year, the transport sector of Latvia has been actively communicating and seeking cooperation opportunities with the Geely Group, an automotive manufacturing company in China. This international giant of the automotive industry manufactures and sells brands such as Geely Auto, Lotus, Lynk & Co, Proton, Volvo, London EV Company and Yuan Cheng. The Chinese group owns such well known European automobile manufacturers as Volvo Cars, the British taxi manufacturer The London Electric Vehicle Company, and the British sports car brand Lotus Cars.

    In order to service Russia and CIS markets, the Geely Group has opened an automobile factory in Belarus, where effective logistical solutions are required to receive components from China and further distribute the final production. Hence representatives of the Freeport of Riga, together with representatives of Latvijas Dzelceļš, the Port of Riga and the Ministry of Transport last week visited China to meet with the management of Geely Group and present a detailed offer for collaboration. 

     “Currently, the container flow to the Geely factory in Belarus is 140 containers per week, which in the future may increase up to 200 containers per week. The Port of Riga and other transport sector players aimed to present the management of Geely Group a unified container transit offer through the Port of Riga and convince the management of the Chinese company about the advantages our transport corridor brings compared with the transportation route through Klaipeda. This may be called a short-term or sprint project. The second is a marathon type of project, which may be achieved in the long run.  At the moment Geely Group mainly sells its cars in China, Belarus and CIS markets, and the next logical step for the company’s development would be entry into European markets. Therefore, we propose that the Geely Group find growth in the territory of the Port of Riga by creating a distribution center and also a future production center,” Ziemanis shared the aims of the visit.




2019 February 22

18:08 Pacific Fleet AS-34 underwater vehicle practises maneuvering in Kola Bay
17:50 Krasnoye Sormovo launches first ship in new RSD59 series of four ships ordered by STLC
17:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
17:05 Bilfinger expands in international maritime scrubber market
16:35 Aker Solutions to develop digital twin for Wintershall’s Nova field
16:12 Chiquita's new container ship pays its first visit to Kloosterboer in North Sea Port
15:31 DOF awarded contracts for three ROV Support Vessels in Brazil
15:12 Biggest wellboat in the world’s hull arrives at Havyard yard in Leirvik
14:55 Zaliv shipyard (Kerch) launched search-and-rescue ship of Project А163
14:12 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
13:48 32 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 21-22
13:30 GTT creates a Digital Hub of Excellence in Singapore
13:04 The Spectrum of the Seas leaves the MEYER WERFT's dock
12:49 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg upgrades its cane equipment
12:30 Port of Rotterdam bunker figures down to 9.5 million m3 in 2018
12:03 Algoma announces purchase of additional product tanker
11:30 Van Oord is one of the founding partners and main sponsor of PortXL
11:02 Fincantieri and Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding reach an agreement to cooperate in the UAE shipbuilding segment
10:30 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for next-generation LNG carrier "MARVEL CRANE"
10:20 Port of Yeisk handled 159,000 tonnes of cargo year-to-date
10:00 CMA CGM implements Port Congestion Surcharge from Med and North Europe to Canada East Coast
09:58 The Netherlands ratifies ship recycling convention
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.24% to $66.91, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 630 points

2019 February 21

18:33 AML’s MVP200 selected for new Swedish “RV Svea”
18:16 ​Shearwater GeoServices and TGS partner for major Brazil survey
18:03 NYK selected as a White 500 company for third consecutive year
17:55 Rosmorport to dredge 12.1 million cbm of material in 2019
17:34 Boskalis expands market position in marine survey through acquisition Horizon
17:29 GE to supply LM2500 gas turbine auxiliary equipment for Indian Navy’s P17A frigates
17:11 Hydrographic Company to get 15 new vessels by 2024
17:05 Rotterdam port innovation programme PortXL participants announced
17:03 H.H. Sheikh Theyab updated on ADNOC L&S strategy to become a global shipping champion
16:14 SCHOTTEL presents new shallow-water thruster SPJ 30 up to 150 kW
15:35 Forth Ports Group receives planning consent for new terminal at the Port of Tilbury
15:16 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
14:32 A.P. Moller - Maersk accelerates transformation and grows revenue in 2018
14:11 Teekay Tankers reports fourth quarter and annual 2018 results
13:46 Santos posts it 2018 net profit of $630 million
13:15 Gazprom Neft demonstrates solid growth across all key financial indicators in 2018
13:13 A.P. Moller - Maersk initiates demerger and separate listing of Maersk Drilling
12:49 ESPS Relampago’s crew carried out maritime training exercises with the Seychelles Coastguard
11:57 First meeting of Eastern Partnership LNG Network takes place in Warsaw
11:28 42 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 20-21
11:03 The UK publishes draft UK MRV legislation following Brexit
10:39 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 60,500 under its social programme in 2018
10:16 IMO treaties ratified by Guyana
09:54 Allocations of Taganrog Sea Commercial Port for its environmental programme in 2018 totaled USD 96,400
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.18% to $67.2, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $57.45
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 622 points

2019 February 20

18:13 Klaipėdos nafta carried out the 10th operation of reloading LNG from a gas carrier to ground storage tanks
17:52 VNIIR-Progress St. Petersburg supplies electrical equipment for Atomflot icebreaker
17:28 Documents on concession model for Taman dry cargo area project to be submitted to RF Govt in March 2019
17:04 Cammell Laird stages ‘float-off’ for new £10m ferry for Red Funnel
16:46 VTMS, AIS and Pilotage Service on the Northern Sea Route to remain under Rosmorport’s control
16:25 NOVATEK eyes arranging LNG bunkering in Sabetta
16:04 Maersk enhances Asia-Europe network to further improve schedule reliability
15:43 Decision made on transfer of FSUE Hydrographic Company to Rosatom Corporation
15:21 Euronav sells LR1 Genmar Сompatriot
14:54 SIA Extron Baltic receives award for rapid growth in the Port of Riga