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Cargo handling at Riga port has not yet been affected by state of emergency

BC, Riga , 27.03.2020.Print version
he state of emergency so far has not seriously affected cargo handling at the Riga port - in the past two weeks 119 vessels have been handled, reloading 908,000 tons of different cargos, said Riga Freeport Administration representative Liene Ozola told.

She said that cargo flow is continuing by sea, land, road and railway. Since March 13 when the government declared the state of emergency in Latvia, the Riga port served 20,300 road transport units and 6,300 rail cars.


The bulk of the handled cargo are forestry products, coal, container cargo, grain and agricultural products. There were negative indicators for ro-ro cargos and passenger transportation because of closing borders for international passenger transportation a of March 16.


Riga Freeport administrator Ansis Zeltins said that this is a complicated time in the whole world.


"During today's crisis, we are aware more than ever how important it is that we have such a transport hub as the Riga port. Our priority is to maintain uninterrupted operations of the port, of course, observing all security measures in order to protect port employees from Covid-19," said Zeltins.


He said that the port is working, monitoring development of the situation in cargo transportation segments for the port to be ready to react to trends due to new restrictions introduced in the world.


At the same time, Riga port is now handling a new type of cargo. Since March, the KS Terminal has started reloading of loose cement. KS Terminal board chairman Eriks Ceseiko said that the company plans to receive an LNG ship with this cargo regularly - two or three time a month.


As reported, in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, a state of emergency has been declared in Latvia from March 13 to April 14, imposing a number of restrictions in order to curb the infections.






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