Coal handling has begun at the two new terminals developed by the Freeport of Riga at Krievu Island.
The port authority began the development of the new terminals on Krievu Island in 2012, to move coal handling away from the centre of Riga, and to transfer the coal business to new facilities equipped with modern technologies.
The two Krievu Island terminals, SIA STREK and SIA Riga Coal Terminal, have now handled their first coal carriers. This means that the largest investment project in the history of the Port of Riga is nearing its completion.
Sanita Kaire, Krievu Island project manager at the Freeport of Riga Authority, said: “Krievu Island is already fully functioning. From the beginning of February, trains have been coming to Krievu Island Station and ships have been loaded at both Riga Coal Terminal and STREK terminal.”
The first vessel, coal carrier TRINA OLDENDORFF, moored at the SIA Strek terminal on 18 February. It loaded 69,300t of coal and headed for the Port of Amsterdam.
Meanwhile, SIA Riga Coal Terminal accepted its first ship, bulk carrier RB MYA, on 26 February. It loaded 77,000t of coal in the Port of Riga and departed for Porto Torres in Sardinia.
Along with handling ships, Krievu Island will continue adjusting and testing its modern handling equipment and conveyor lines and testing its technological processes, the port authority said.
In the coming weeks, all coal cargoes will leave the city centre and move to Krievu Island to be handled in a more environmentally friendly way. New handling processes and a wind fence of more than 2 km have been installed to protect the environment from coal dust.