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First pilot container train arrived in Riga from

Yiwu city in China


The first pilot container train mutually organized by Latvian and Chinese railways arrived in the Riga Central railway station today. The train has covered the route from the Yiwu city in China, through Zabaykalsk in Russia and finally arrived in Riga.

Thanks to successful cooperation of all partners involved the train has been organized in a very short period of time not typical for the transport industry – in less than four months since the initial agreement signed by the Latvian and Chinese railway companies on development of container train traffic between the two countries.

The Minister of Transport of Latvia, Uldis Augulis: “The arrival of this train i san excellent example that distance is a nice challenge, not an obstacle in the transport industry. However, it is an enormous job and everybody who has been involved in that earns gratitude. I am happy to greet the Chinese train in Latvia, and I truly hope that arrival of similar trains will soon become an ordinary everyday event!”

The President of SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš” (Latvian Railway), Edvīns Bērziņš: “Together with our partners such as China railway, Yiwu platform, “Interrail AG” and “TransContainer”, we have managed to bring China closer to Europe via Latvia! In less than four months after signing of the Letter of Intent between SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš” and China railway regarding the establishment of container train traffic, today we are not only welcoming the first test train Yiwu-Riga but already working on new routes and proposals.”

The pilot train route started in China, in the rapidly developing Yiwu city located not far from Shanghai. The train crossed the China-Russia boarder near Zabaykalsk and travelled all the way through Russia to the Latvian capital city, Riga. The total length of this route exceeds 11,000 km, and the train covered around 1,200 km per day in some parts of Russia. The train carries textiles, bathroom equipment and household goods.

The Vice-Mayor of Yiwu, Xiong Tao: “Representing a rapidly developing city, the companies of which have an essential need for convenient and efficient logistics to transport their goods to any place in the world, I can assure that Latvia has truly marked itself in our Eurasian logistics map with this pilot train. More than that – our commercial platform “Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment Co.” has already included Riga as one of the global transportation routes in its map and considers rail transport the most perspective and important freight transportation mode to Europe..”

The most important part in the development and implementation of the pilot train route is efficient cooperation of the logistics companies – the subsidiary of “Latvijas dzelzceļš”, “LDZ Logistics” and “TransContainer”, who could offer the most suitable solution for the client.

The Chairman of the Board of “LDZ Logistics”, Verners Lūsis: “It is a truly enormous work to arrange a route practically from zero and with the given time constraints. We can’t deny the fact that there was a sense of disbelief and scepticism even among professionals - and not only in Latvia. However, today I have a very special sense – and it’s not the sense of a job completed, but a sense of a job well started.”

The Director of Logistics at JSC “TransContainer”, Jury Sukmanov: “From Zabaykalsk station where the containers were transferred in the “TransContainer” terminal, to the Latvian boarder the train arrived in seven days, exceeding the planned timing. That was possible only thanks to successful cooperation with our Latvian and Chinese partners. The complex approach allows us to develop individual logistics solutions, especially with regards to the container traffic along the route China-Europe-China.”

After the successful arrival of the train, “Latvijas dzelzceļš” and “China Merchants China-Belarus Commercial and Logistics Cooperation” signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in development of marine and rail transport, especially with regard to the China-Belarus project “The Great Stone” and development of efficient traffic between China and Scandinavia.

“LDZ Logistics” and JSC “TransContainer”, in turn, signed a strategic cooperation memorandum on development of transit corridors, their speed and quality, thus facilitating attraction of Chinese cargoes to the Latvian transit corridor.

Due to the great interest in this route among the clients, Latvian Railway plans to organize a regular monthly container train in route Yiwu-Riga. The next two trains are already scheduled.

“LDZ Logistics” develops its container train routes, using a complex, multimodal approach based on “one stop agency” principle, thus ensuring that the dispatch company has as simple and advantageous logistics chain from producer to client as possible.

The “Latvijas dzelzceļš” (Latvian Railway) Group is a state-owned rail infrastructure group of companies with six subsidiaries in charge of rail cargo transportation and logistics, international passenger transportation, infrastructure construction and maintenance, rolling stock repair and maintenance, railway security and allocation of the railway infrastructure capacities.



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           TV “LATVJI, BRAUCIET JŪRIŅĀ!” (BALTIC MARINE NEWS) went to Pärnu and Saaremaa!

  It was a sunny day and our broadcast "Latvji, brauciet jūriņā!" (TV LNT) from Rīga went to Pärnu and port of Pärnu to see what’s new there. We kept us very warmly greeted by the Pärnu port’s owner Mati Einmann. We had a small boat trip throught the channel of Pärnu port, we saw also the new projects which will be soon finished in the port. After the boat trip we discussed about the relationships between city of Pärnu and the port of Pärnu with Pärnu County’s Governor Kalev Kaljuste. During the visit we approach more about Pärnu port activities and daily life, and also more about the city of Pärnu. When the port and the city was looked around, time to go further and next day we went to Saaremaa.

   Our visit in Saaremaa started with a meeting with a captain Kaarel Niine. He was given information about the port of Roomassare. We also saw the daily life of the Baltic Workboats AS in Kuressaare city. In the city of Kuressaare we also visited the Maritime days 2016. Overall, the trip in Pärnu and Saaremaa was successful and very interesting, so we say a big thank you to the port of Pärnu and the port of Saaremaa.

  See you soon again!



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                                  Reconstruction of the marshalling hump at Šķirotava Station (Riga)

  Šķirotava marshalling yard is the main marshalling yard of “Latvian railways”. The classification yard consists of 26 tracks, which are comprised of three sets of tracks for splitting-up, formation and preselection of wagons.

Design period - technical assistance

 The modernisation of the Šķirotava marshalling yard will increase the capacity of the hump and of the whole Riga railway network ensuring the handling of increasing wagon traffic. This project is a part of a global improvement plan of the East-West Railway Corridor which is the main Latvian freight corridor, giving access from Russia and other continental countries to Latvian ports on the Baltic Sea.

The local contractor BMGS and his subcontractor SIEMENS won a design-and-build contract to modernize the marshalling yard. Siemens will deliver the retarders and hump control system MSR32. Witteveen+Bos Latvia was hired by “Latvian railways” to provide technical assistance for their engineer to assure FIDIC Yellow Book engineer’s services during the design phase. The design phase was finished in summer 2013 and the contractor has started construction works.

 Construction phase – contract management and construction supervision

By winning the open tender, Witteveen+Bos Latvia has become the FIDIC Yellow Book’s engineer and provides management and supervision services during the design phase. The project includes the reconstruction of the tracks in the marshalling yard and shunting equipment, such as switches, point machines and retarders. The hump top will be reconstructed, as well as the telecommunication and power supply systems. The existing yard control system MRC will be connected with the new system from Siemens MSR32. In addition, noise reduction measures are foreseen. Witteveen+Bos Latvia will supervise the construction in all fields mentioned above.


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                                                 “LATVJI, BRAUCIET JŪRIŅĀ!” (BALTIC MARINE NEWS) WENT TO NYNASHAMN

 It was a stormy evening in Ventspils, and our broadcast "Latvji, brauciet jūriņā!" from the port of Ventspils went to Nynashamn in Sweden. We kept us very warmly greeted by the company's "Royal Burger Group" Branch manager, captain Hans Scholz. Several people is working in this company, also Branch manager's assistant Agnese Lasmane from Latvia, from Ventspils. During the visit we approach more about Nynashamn port activities and daily life, and also with the small city of Nynashamn. At the port we met Markus Johansson, operation manager in port of Nynashamn. When the port and the city was looked around, time to go home to the Ventspils port. Although the return was not calmly, but our ferry's "Scottish Viking" captain Francesco Rafanelli said that the night was quietly and we successfully returned back to the port of Ventspils. Overall, the trip was successful and very interesting, so we say a big thank you to the company "Stena Line" and all guests for our broadcast in Nynashamn port.



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                                                                   BELARUSIAN TRANSPORT WEEK 2015

                                                             Transport and Logistics '2015 / Logistics Engineering '2015 /

                                                                                   Transport Infrastructure '2015

                                                                  October 6-8, 2015, Minsk, Republic of Belarus

The Belarusian Transport Week 2015, organized by the Ministry of Transport and 9th International Specialized Exhibition & 9th Belarusian Transport and Logistics CongressCommunications of the Republic of Belarus with Technics and Communications, JSC, will be held in Minsk (Republic of Belarus) on October 6-8, 2015.

Belarusian Transport Week 2015 includes the International Specialized Exhibition "Transport & Logistics '2015", International Specialized Exhibition 9th International Specialized Exhibition & 9th Belarusian Transport and Logistics Congress"Logistics Engineering '2015", International Specialized Exhibition "Transport Infrastructure '2015" and the Belarusian Transport and Logistics Congress.

The Belarusian Transport Week plays a crucial role in development of the transport infrastructure and the logistics system of the Republic of Belarus and the neighboring states, assists in bringing in innovations and investments, and helps grow the scope of international transportations.

Over 114 companies from 11 countries of the world (Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia) participated in the Belarusian Transport Week 2014. The participants of the exhibition demonstrate9th International Specialized Exhibition & 9th Belarusian Transport and Logistics Congressd all types of the state-of-the-art transportation systems and auxiliary equipment; technologies and equipment to design, build, repair and maintain various types of transport communications; shipping and passenger transportation services; supply chain management systems; information and support systems for transport means and logistics. Transport and logistics centers, international companies and ports presented their services.

Under the umbrella of the forum, there was the Belarusian Transport and Logistics Congress; at the congress, global development trends of transport and logistics centers, creation of modern logistics centers, growth of transportation and transit business and corresponding services, attracting of international cargo flows were discussed.


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                                                               TRANSPORT & LOGISTIC  MUNICH - 2015


The logistics industry knows the drill and despite the rail strike made its way to Munich in unprecedentedly large numbers. Consequently, transport logistic, the 15th International Trade Fair for Logistics, Mobility, IT and Supply Chain Management has concluded with growth in both exhibitors and visitors. More than 55,000 visitors (2013:52,308) from 124 countries and 2,050 (2,013:2013) exhibitors from 62 countries showcased the world of logistics on the Messe München exhibition site. The importance of the trade fair for the industry was emphasized by Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt during the inaugural ceremony: “transport logistic is the world's key trade fair for the entire logistics and supply chain sector.”
Stefan Rummel, Messe München's Managing Director, is also gratified by transport logistic's very good performance: "The significant growth in visitor numbers, especially from abroad, underlines the importance of the leading international trade fair. It also demonstrates that the international transport and logistics industry won't allow itself to be prevented from visiting us in Munich by a rail strike."
The proportion of international exhibitors increased to 48 per cent, and among visitors to 41 per cent. Germany aside, the top-ten visitor countries are – in this order – Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Great Britain and Romania. The trade fair has also posted strong visitor growth from Finland, Croatia, Turkey and Hungary. Germany aside, the top 10 exhibitor countries are: the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Austria, Spain, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and China.
The exhibitors as well emphasize the strong international flavor. For example, Anne Sigrid Hamran, Port Director of the Port of Oslo said: “For us, transport logistic 2015 was a tremendous opportunity to meet customers, representatives of other ports and business partners from around the world.” To that, Birgit Kastner-Simon, Corporate Director Corporate Marketing, Dachser, added: “transport logistic is the stage for the Who's Who of the international logistics world. We enjoyed numerous good discussions and made contacts. These were four very intensive, immensely valuable days for us.”
The presence of companies and contacts throughout the entire supply chain is also very important. Rogier Laan, European Commercial Leader, TIP Trailer Services Germany GmbH, said: “As the focus of the trade fair is on the entire supply chain, we are able to meet both suppliers, our strategic partners as well as our customers. We had the opportunity to communicate with the entire value chain while expanding our network.” André Banschus, Country Manager Germany, Verdion, shares this perspective: “transport logistic is the key trade fair of the logistics world. This is where you meet the right contacts at all decision-making levels. Crucial for us is the mix of complementary companies spanning the entire logistics arena.”
The companies attending Air Cargo Europe, the biggest airfreight industry event in the world, taking place as part of transport logistic, are very satisfied. Among them, for example, Kim Van Assche, Sales Director Europe, DHL Express (Aviation): “transport logistic is the place to be when it comes to Global Networking for the Airfreight Industry. There is no other event like Air Cargo Europe/transport logistic.” And David Kerr, Vice President of Etihad Cargo, added this: “This trade fair has opened up new economic opportunities for our freight business and we appreciate the event for the results we have achieved.”
In addition to 'networking', it is also of course about business. This was emphasized by, among others, Sébastien Delaval, Commercial Manager of French company NACCO A CIT: “Converting business opportunities, networking and conducting negotiations were the three most important tasks on our agenda.” 
The transport logistic supporting program was also strongly supported with 5,000 participants in 45 events. An especially hot topic was digitization, which was a common theme across all forums. 
Nils Kahn, Chief Commercial Officer, MSC Germany, summed up the 2015 trade fair: “This year's participation in transport logistic was once again a complete success. Thanks to the very numerous visitors, very good discussions and uniformly positive feedback we are once again very satisfied with the week in Munich.”



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                                   A new magazine ”Baltic Marine and Transport News” in Russian and English

  A new transit business magazine has been issued “Baltic Marine and Transport News”, edition No. 1/ 2015 — a bilingual edition in Russian and English. This edition covers the potential and the role of the marine and railroad transport of Latvia in the Baltic Sea region, the transit of containers and other general cargoes through Latvian ports, as well as includes promotional articles about the offered service in maritime shipping, by attracting investments and new co-operation partners from the CIS countries and cargo recipient countries in Europe, Asia, and America. Regional hubs — recipients and shippers alike — have received special attention.

The bilingual Russian and English edition of the magazine will be distributed at various transport- and logistics-related events:

- At the international conference and the 20th International Multisector Transport Exhibition “ТRANSRUSSIA 2015” (21–24 April) in Moscow, at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre “Crocus Expo”. www.transrussia.ru

 - At the International Transport Exhibition “TRANSPORT @ LOGISTIC” (5–8 May) — at the Munich Messe; www.transportlogistic.de

- At the 9th International Exhibition “TRANSPORT @ LOGISTICS” and the Transport Congress of Belarus (6–8 October) in Minsk. www.tc.by, and other events.

    This edition includes promotional articles by the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, Freeport of Riga, STREK, KS Terminal, WT- Terminal, Latvijas dzelzceļš (Latvian Railroad), BALTIC CONTAINER TERMINAL, Ldz Cargo, Freeport of Ventspils, Liepaja SEZ, Rezekne SEZ, Latvian Maritime Administration, STENA LINE, TALLINK, Port of Skulte and Salacgrīva, as well as by other companies and organisations related to transport logistics.


 Thank you for the successful co-operation!                                                                                     

Editor of the edition / producer: Haralds Sulainis


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Belarusian Transport Week

“Transport and Logistics '2014”  October 7-9, 2014, Minsk, Republic of Belarus

The Belarusian Transport Week, organized by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus with Technics and Communications, JSC, will be held in Minsk (Republic of Belarus) on October 7-9, 2014.

Belarusian Transport Week includes the International Specialized Exhibition "Transport & Logistics '2014", and the Belarusian Transport and Logistics Congress.

The Belarusian Transport Week plays a crucial role in development of the transport infrastructure and the logistics system of the Republic of Belarus and the neighboring states, assists in bringing in innovations and investments, and helps grow the scope of international transportations.

Due to active building of logistics centers in the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian Transport.

Over 125 companies from 15 countries of the world (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Iran, etc.) participated in the "Transport & Logistics '2013" exhibitions. At that, over 40% of participants were from abroad. The participants of the exhibition demonstrated all types of the state-of-the-art transportation systems and auxiliary equipment; technologies and equipment to design, build, repair and maintain various types of transport communications; shipping and passenger transportation services; supply chain management systems; information and support systems for transport means and logistics. Transport and logistics centers, international companies and ports presented their services. In addition to individual company stands, the exhibition hosted the joint stand of the Klaipeda State Sea Port and port companies (Lithuania), and the National Exhibition of Latvia.

Under the umbrella of the forum, there was the Belarusian Transport & Logistics Congress; at the congress, global development trends of transport and logistics centers, creation of modern logistics centers, growth of transportation and transit business and corresponding services, attracting of international cargo flows were discussed.

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                                                                  'LATVJI, BRAUCIET JŪRIŅĀ!' visits TALLINN !

 Our nearest Northern neighbor – Estonia. Ever since the Soviet times it has always attracted with its charm, nature landscapes and economic stability.

    Tallinn is the destination of this TV broadcast 'Latvji, brauciet jūriņā!' ('Latvians, put to sea!') to create an episode about the port of Tallinn and its activities during the past year. To be precise – our interest was – Muuga industrial harbour in Tallinn. We observed changes since our last visit (in 2012). Furthermore, Henn Noor, Master in Tallinn Harbour showed and told us about how Tallinn Captain's duty works. Lembit Visnapuu, Chief Officer of Infrastructure Administration at The Port of Tallinn gladly shared answers to our curious questions about latest construction works. Shortly before the opening ceremony of the Sea festival we met with Ain Kaljurand, Chairman of the Management Board of Port of Tallinn, who shared his views both on the negative impact of the EU ports' policy regulation on activities at Tallinn and other Baltic ports as well as future plans of the port of Tallinn.

     To make the broadcast more interesting, the production team had the chance to see the atmosphere of the Sea festival, as well as visit one of the most modern maritime museums in Europe Lennusadam or Hydroplane port. Its most unique exposition articles are of course the submarine 'LEMBIT' and the icebraker 'SUUR TOLL', which celebrates its centennial (100) this year. The crew of Latvian sailing ship 'LIBAVA' experienced a pleasant surprise, when after our arrival we took a trip together in the sailing ship to look at Tallinn port from the sea.

More on what the crew saw and heard in the TV broadcast 'Latvji, brauciet jūriņā!' on Saturday, 2 August at 8.30 a.m. on channel 'LNT',  as well as online in www.tvplay.lv

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Cruise Europe Conference 2014 Riga





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     TransRussia  2014 in MOSCOW


TransRussia 2014 took place on 22-25 April in Moscow.

TransRussia is the number one event in the transport calendar in Russia, CIS and the Baltic countries, making it the perfect opportunity for exhibitors to establish their company’s presence on the Russian transport market and promote their products and services to a large number of potential clients.








5 March 2014

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Latvijas Banka issues collector coin commemorating 150 years of Ainaži Nautical School


On Wednesday, 5 March 2014, Latvijas Banka is issuing a 5 euro silver collector coin, which is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Ainaži Nautical School.


The coin has been designed by artist Ivars Drulle and struck by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt. It features four sailing ships and a compass with a red-painted element pointing to the North.


The coin commemorates the 150th anniversary since the foundation of Ainaži Nautical School. The school ranked prominent in the development of both seafaring and national awareness. In these 150 years that have passed since it came into being, the citizens of free Latvia have sailed the seven seas, explored the world, integrated with the European Union and joined the euro area.


This is Latvia's first euro collector coin (previously, the lats coins of precious metals, which by their nature were works of art, were known as commemorative coins). This euro collector coin is simultaneously a new beginning and another phase in the minting of highly artistic commemorative coins bearing Latvian symbols. The projected number of collector coins remains unchanged as well, and, taking into account the interest on behalf of the Latvian people and foreign coin collectors, 5–6 coins will be issued on an annual basis.


The coin Ainaži Nautical School is legal tender in the Republic of Latvia. The total circulation of the coin is 5 000.


                                                                               Ainaži  Nautical  School


     In the beginning there were words. The call of Krišjānis Valdemārs (1825–1891), an ideologist of the so-called New Latvians, who was one of the key figures in the national awakening movement, found a poetic expression in the verses of Auseklis (Miķelis Krogzemis; 1850–1879): "Go to sea, Latvians .." (“Latvji, brauciet jūriņā !”). That was a call for Latvians to overcome their backwardness and isolation and take up a respectable place in the world's economy, to get to know the cultural treasures of the human race and integrate with Western civilisatio

   On Valdemārs' initiative, the first Latvian and Estonian nautical school was established on 23 November 1864. This area of Vidzeme had long boasted tough and enterprising men. The seaside people created their prosperity by building small ships and by shipping cargoes to Riga and St. Petersburg. Before the establishment of the nautical school, such education was out of the average Latvian's reach. The school was financed by the ship owners of Ainaži: Juris, Andrejs and Oto Veide, Jānis Miķelsons, Gusts Lielmežs and others. It was housed in one of the buildings belonging to Juris Veide's household. The first headmaster was Swede Christian Dahl (1839–1904), who devoted thirty years of his life to this mission.

   In 1867, the Russian Empire decreed to create a wider school system of this kind. Forty new nautical schools were opened, of which eleven were located in Latvia. Education was offered free of charge and was available to anyone in their native language. In 1880, Ainaži Nautical School was awarded the highest-category status, which meant that it could now groom sea captains. This education was closely tied to shipbuilding in Latvia: by the end of the 19th century, a fleet of 550 sailing ships had formed, of which 50 had been built in Ainaži. Crews of about a dozen people took cargoes not only to all the ports in Europe but sailed also across the Atlantic. Latvians were proudly going to sea, indeed ..

   150 years have elapsed since the foundation of Ainaži Nautical School. By now the citizens of free Latvia have sailed the seven seas; they have explored the world, integrated with the European Union and joined the euro area. The first euro collector coin issued by Latvijas Banka is dedicated to the anniversary of Ainaži Nautical School. The ships of great yearning, aspirations and dreams depicted on the coin are certain to sail smoothly around the world.





     27.02.2014.                                                                                                                                                                               Photo: R.Šmits R.Sulainis


New dry bulk terminal for handling timber has been opened in Ventspils freeport


Dry bulk terminal, which was opened in February 2014, is one of the most significant infrastructure elements built in the Freeport of Ventspils (Latvia) during the recent years. Aivars Baude, chairman of the board of SIA “Ventsplac”, which is the lessee of the terminal, stated at the grand opening - “At present it is the most up-to-date timber handling terminal in Latvia and definitely one of the best in the Baltic Sea.”


The new dry bulk terminal in Ventspils Freeport has been built on the left bank of River Venta, between two bridges – Ventas Tilts (Bridge over the River Venta) and Apvedtilts (Bypass Bridge). The construction of this terminal was a logical after reconstruction of the bridge Ventas Tilts, transforming it into a lift bridge and thus opening up larger areas for port development.


The dry bulk terminal project has resulted in a modern terminal with a 300 m long berth, where the bed of River Venta has been dredged to 8 metres. The total bulk area covers 5 ha. Approximately 2 km long new and reconstructed railroad tracks were built. The terminal accommodates several new ideas, e.g. an immersed station in the berth, where water and power supply may be connected. Such a technology is not used anywhere else in Latvia, but it will allow for a feasible use of the berth territory. Since there is a newly built railway track on the berth, customers shall be offered a new service – loading of timber directly from wagons to the vessels.


Construction of terminal was performed by AS „BMGS”, and the construction design supervision – by SIA „Witteveen+Bos Latvia”. Total construction costs amounted to 13.4 million euro, of which 8.1 million euro was part-financed by the EU Cohesion Fund, and 5.3 million euro was invested by Freeport of Ventspils Authority.



Department of Marketing and Development of Freeport of Ventspils Authority











  Last week Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkevics visited Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, and there were a possibility to take a part in Russia-Latvia business cooperation council also for Stena Line Freight Regional director Aivars Taurins and other businessmen from Latvia as well. 

  Many topics related to transport industry was discussed, like TIR application in Russia, access to Moscow inner circle by foreign haulers, introduction of road tax in Latvia and Russia, weight control of trucks by LV and RU authorities, etc.

  Aivars Taurins emphasizes that one important issue was initiative of implementation Green corridor concept for border crossing, giving chance to companies that are trustable to save time from standing in queues and limited controls. From Latvian customs side company DB Schenker was promoted as trustable logistics operator for pilot stage.

  It is agreed with LV customs that also Stena Line can propose some of it`s customers from other EU countries who has good reputation and frequent business with Russia to join pilot project of Green corridor.

  Stena Line is one of worlds' biggest ferry companies what operates in Baltic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and provides passengers and freight services. Stena Line offers 3 routes from Latvia: Ventspils - Nynashamn (Sweden), Ventspils- Travemunde (Germany) & Liepaja - Travemunde.

Read more here about Stena Line here: www.stenalinefreight.com






    Balticmarinenews.lv / 04.11.2013.                                                                                                                                         FOTO : RAITIS ŠMITS

IBA Minsk at Transport and Logistics 2013

On October 8, IBA Minsk participated in the 7th international exhibition Transport & Logistics 2013 that was held within the Belarusian Transport Week in Minsk, Belarus. At the event, IBA Minsk and Minsktrans presented an automated system of control and payment in public transport, which is planned to be launched in Belarus in 2014. The presentation was delivered at the Minsktrans booth.

IBA has been continually involved in international transport and logistics events presenting its cutting–edge IT solutions that improve efficiency of the transport and logistics sector. For 20 years, IBA has implementeddozens of complex projects on IT infrastructure upgrade and business process automation.

Evgeni Rogachev, First Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus, highly evaluated the IBA's contribution to the development and automation of the Belarusian transport industry and invited Sergei Levteev, IBA Minsk CEO, to participate in other events of the Belarusian Transport/Week.

In addition, IBA presented its products and solutions at the Belarusian Railway booth. This year, IBA Minsk showcased its full–scale pilot system of ticketing using proximity cards and IBA Ticket Terminal.

Within the Belarusian Transport Week 2013, IBA participated in the International Rail Business Forum and the conference 

E–Services and Information Systems for Transport and Logistics.














  The Freeport of Riga and its manager L. Loginovs invites to the meeting of representatives of the Baltic Sea region port authorities and entrepreneurs of the Riga Port


  Initially, gratitude was voiced on behalf of the Freeport of Riga management and of the organizers of the international sailboat event “The Tall Ships Races” for the rendered support in organizing the Riga leg of “The Tall Ships Races 2013” – without the entrepreneurs’ support, the Riga leg of “The Tall Ships Races 2013” in the memories of the locals and guests would not have remained as lavish. Taking into account that one of the priorities of the Freeport of Riga Authority is to foster the overall welfare of the society through responsible business practice, the importance of partners of the Freeport of Riga must be particularly emphasized as regards the industry development and growth of the Riga Port.

  For several years, the ports of the East Coast of the Baltic Sea – ports of Riga, Tallinn, Klaipeda, Ventspils, Liepaja – have been organizing a joint meeting, this time including also the Port of Kaliningrad, to discuss in matters related to port development in an unofficial ambience. This year, the Freeport of Riga Authority organized this event with the aim to reinstate the long-standing tradition for representatives of the ports of the region to meet on a regular basis and discuss topicalities of the sector and future perspectives.

  The event took place on 28 September 2013 at the Pedvāle Open-air Art Museum (Pedvāle, Sabile). The venue was not chosen randomly, because it is the Pedvāle Open-air Art Museum, where integration of nature, cultural heritage, and art meet in a shared environment, where the sculptor Ojārs Feldbergs seven years ago started the rock-growing campaign and hundreds of people from various countries of the world have given their messages to rock seeds so that they come true in hope and trust in the Pedvāle rock plantation.

  The representatives of the Baltic Sea region ports planted a sea stone to strengthen the cooperation and success of the Baltic Sea ports and to pass on the message to the future generations.




















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