The Freeport of Riga Authority has installed a surveillance camera opposite the Krievu Island Terminal for coal dust monitoring.
The port authority said this was done to ensure the ongoing monitoring of the coal loading process and rapid identification of any potential deviations during coal loading.
“This was a response to complaints received from local residents about increased coal dusting observed during the coal loading process on Krievu Island,” it stated
“The Freeport of Riga Authority has conducted an investigation and established that increased coal dusting has occasionally taken place. The reason is that active coal handling began on Krievu Island in February of this year, when undertakings operating in the port were still implementing and adjusting their new equipment and loading processes. This is a time-consuming process, when equipment failure may affect the overall loading process, thereby leading to temporary increases in coal dust produced.
“It is to be recalled that, aiming to preserve the quality of life of people living in the territories that are adjacent to the terminal and pursuant to conditions formulated by the State Environmental Bureau with regard to environmental impact assessment, the Freeport of Riga Authority has constructed two new air monitoring stations in addition to a 23m wind fence, which was built in the territory of Krievu Island to reduce the impact of prevailing winds on the spread of dust in the local environment.
“One of the stations is located in the northwest part of the newly constructed terminal of Krievu Island, while the other station is situated in the direct vicinity of residential areas near Lielupes Street in Bolderāja.
“If necessary, the Freeport of Riga Authority may decide to build additional air monitoring stations, depending on the situation.
Devices at these monitoring stations (dust analysers) can separate PM10 from other dust particles and measure their concentration in ambient air.”
Images recorded by the camera are available online at: rop.lv/lv/media-lv/webkamera.html