• 2019 May 16 10:28

    Coal-free port areas in Andrejsala and Eksportosta to be used for the city

    Since 10 March 2019, when the last load of coal was removed from the territory of Eksportosta in the city centre, eco-friendly coal handling takes place only at Krievusala terminals on the left bank of the Daugava, says pc of the Port of Riga. The largest infrastructure development project in the history of the port “Development of infrastructure in Krievusala to remove port activities from the city centre” has not only cleaned the air from coal dust, but also made new territories available for the development of the city.

    Currently, the freed territories of port terminals in Andrejsala and Eksportosta are cleaned up to rid them of the last signs of coal handling close to the centre of Riga. By removing operations from these areas, the port has granted the city new space for development. Now the city council has to decide about their best future use. “I can definitely say that Krievusala project which resulted in the removal of coal handling operations from the city centre has given the city excellent opportunities to grow and develop these territories of strategic importance in Andrejsala and Eksportosta,” says Gvido Princis, the Architect of Riga.

    Every modern port city has to deal with issues that are related to incorporation of ports in the urban environment, and development of marinas and nearby areas. There are many good examples in Europe, where former industrial ports have been transformed into modern multifunctional space for people, offices and entertainment, as well as passenger ports for cruise ships and yachts, modern warehouses, eco-friendly manufacturing plants, and R&D centres. For example, in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Oslo, and Helsinki. 

    Gvido Princis continues: “It is clear that in the context of Riga this area between the historic centre of Riga and the port on the river Daugava is unique.” There is a lot of room for development that promises banks, hotels and offices with a river view, entertainment hotspots and direct waterfront access. Besides, Andrejsala and Eksportosta are ideal for a new, advanced and eco-friendly infrastructure for cruise ships. 

    Historians, urban planners and port development experts have confirmed that the Soviet industrialisation policies have resulted in an artificial separation of the port and river Daugava from the rest of the city making the local inhabitants believe that ports are not a natural pre-condition for continued existence of the city and that the public aquatorium cannot become a part of their daily lives. Returning such waterfront areas as Andrejsala and Eksportosta to the local people and putting them to good use will allow to change these perceptions. “The Krievusala project and removal of operations from the right bank of river Daugava have given us a chance to think about the development of local waters and nearby areas. It’s a huge opportunity and a huge responsibility,” emphasizes Gvido Princis.




2019 June 17

18:24 USCG saves six people, tows disabled vessel in Port Etches
17:59 Denis Krylov appointed General Director of Gazpromneft-Sakhalin
17:28 China and South Korea agree on ballast water exchange rules
17:04 Mermaid Maritime borrows a loan of USD 65 mln to extend the financing of two vessels
16:41 Neptune Lines welcomes Neptune Galene & Neptune Thalassa after scrubber installation
16:23 DG Termināls invests about 1 million euros during the year
16:17 Finnish ferry getting a diesel-electrical drivetrain system
16:04 MSC Katya R. sets record as largest container ship to boost Costa Rican export links to Europe
15:45 Singapore to host 18th Vessel Efficiency & Fuel Management Summit
15:26 Onezhsky Shipyard launches multifunctional buoy tender for Volga-Baltic Basin
15:04 Hunter Group sells one vessel
14:42 Gdansk, Poland to host 6th Operating Specialist Wind Vessels Summit
14:19 Seatrade Europe conference programme to include Marine Interiors specialist panel discussions
14:12 ClassNK releases amendments to class rules
13:55 Finland hosts an EU–China maritime meeting
13:31 AWT completed stage III of modernization and expansion of the Paskov Terminal
13:24 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 16,007 in RF spot market
13:10 The Irish Port of Cork and Port of Amsterdam to collaborate
12:48 Pella Shipyard launches tugboat of project 90600, Sadko, built for Sevmash-Shelf (video)
12:31 Port of Oakland exports up 8.4 percent in May 2019
12:01 North Carolina Ports adopts Vortex port equipment simulator
11:30 MEYER WERFT announces the keel laying for the new cruise ship IONA
11:15 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan-May’19 declined by 1.3% to 225.91 million tonnes
11:00 Panama Canal issues proposal to modify tolls structure
10:59 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-May’2019 fell by 7.7% Y-o-Y to 19.79 million tonnes
10:37 Fincantieri's Muggiano shipyard launches PPA “Paolo Thaon di Revel”
10:21 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
10:01 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.26% to $62.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.19% to $52.87
09:38 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-May’2019 was nearly flat YoY at 261.39 million tonnes
09:19 Diana Shipping commences self tender offer to purchase up to 2,000,000 shares
09:16 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 17
09:10 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,085 points

2019 June 16

17:13 DC area agencies to conduct mass rescue exercise off National Harbor
16:05 Boskalis appointed as salvor for both damaged tankers in the Gulf of Oman
15:53 Fincantieri and Naval Group sign a joint venture agreement
13:47 Diana Shipping Inc. announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel, the MV Thetis
12:47 WSC unveils its hybrid patrol vessel at Seawork 2019
11:41 GasLog Partners LP announces new multi-year charter agreement with Gunvor

2019 June 15

15:44 Wight Shipyard rolls out its new windfarm support vessel concept at Seawork Int'l 2019
13:17 Malta Freeport hosts its first LNG-powered container ship
12:53 Petrobras closes the sale of TAG
11:41 USCG, local partners respond to sailing vessel aground off Magic Island
08:43 Vessel training simulation underway at Tema Port’s new Terminal 3

2019 June 14

18:05 Ole Martin Grimsrud appointed CFO of Aker Solutions
17:44 USCG Cordova FOL crew saves man stranded for three days on Montague Island
17:05 Knud E. Hansen wins two separate contracts for innovative large RoRo vessels
16:41 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
16:26 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 90,300 tonnes of cargo in Jan-May’2019, down 38.7% Y-o-Y
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
15:14 “K” Line receives recognition for vessel speed reduction programs in the West Coast of North America
15:00 UK maritime industry leaders debate decarbonization, digital technologies and the future of safety at the annual ABS UK National Committee meeting
14:00 China Railway Container Transport signs strategic cooperation agreement with SITC International Holdings
13:38 Container throughput of Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port in 5M’2019 up 39% YoY to 89,649 TEUs
13:09 Algoma increases its interest in in the CSL International Pool
12:41 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 19.77 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’2019, up 8.5% Y-o-Y
12:09 Global Ship Lease announces new charter agreements
11:32 Bunker prices continue going down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
11:09 ECSA issues statement on suspected attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman
10:51 France signs up to fishing vessel training treaty
10:30 Zhatai Shipyard to let build up to 10 river ships and scrap at least two ships per year