The Minister for Transport, Kaspars Briškens, visits the Freeport of Ventspils


On March 14, the Minister for Transport, Kaspars Briškens, visited the Freeport of Ventspils to negotiate both current issues of the industry and the possibilities for future activities in person with the representatives of the port and the municipality.

In Ventspils, K. Briškens led a productive discussion on the current matters of the industry with the management of the port authority and municipality, visited the Harbour Master’s Service of Ventspils, the universal cargo terminal “Stena Line Ports Ventspils”, the Science and Innovation Center “Vizium”, the video game accessories manufacturing “Azeron” and the mechanical engineering company “Bucher Municipal”.

The Minister for Transport notably highlighted the accomplishments of Ventspils in the industrial expansion of the Freeport’s industrial zone. By gradually developing industry from scratch in the early 2000s, Ventspils has evolved into the third largest industrial center in Latvia, but, in terms of output per capita, it confidently occupies the first position.

Igors Udodovs, Deputy CEO of the Freeport of Ventspils, emphasized the significance of export-capable Latvian industrial growth in ensuring port cargo turnover and provided an insight into the forthcoming development vision of the Freeport of Ventspils: “The port of Ventspils should become an export port of renewable energy and local products from the former fossil energy transit port. It will not be quick or easy, but we undoubtedly see the potential of Ventspils to be included in the processes of the new economy, particularly by turning into a center of renewable energy and participating in the development of the hydrogen economy.”