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VNT points to lack of transparency in Ventspils Freeport’s rules

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUVentspils Nafta Terminals believes amendments initiated by Ventspils Freeport on 27 May to the rules of Ventspils Freeport were developed basically with no involvement from the terminals working at the port, including VNT.

As noted by the company, the management board of Ventpils Freeport had asked operators, including VNT, to take part in a meeting in February dedicated to the freeport’s plans to develop a programme to reduce the smell that would later be added to rules of the Freeport. It was a one-time meeting, during which the management of Ventspils Freeport said port terminals would be provided with topical information in regards to results of the programme. One week after this meeting, the advisory company hired by the management board of Ventspils Freeport visited VNT with intention to acquire information to help develop the programme.

It is emphasized that in spite of multiple requests by VNT in regards to any progress with the programme’s development, there has been no word from Ventspils Freeport since February 2016. Results of the programme to reduce the smell are vital to VNT, especially because the management of Ventspils Freeport still has not given VNT any specific requirements in regards to the construction of vapour recovery equipment. The freeport’s board explains this lack of information with the need to continue work (or lack of it) on the development of the programme for smell reduction.

Lars Panclaf, Director General of VNT, notes: «In spite of the promise to keep port terminals informed about the progress in the development of the programme for reducing smell, the management of Ventspils Freeport initiated the approval of amendments to Ventspils Freeport Rules on 27 May without first discussing the initiative with VNT as the largest oil-handling company of the port. VNT is not aware of new requirements or the provided transition period for the realization of requirements. Blatant ignoring of the opinion of the sides directly involved in the process does not contribute to the image of professional, transparent and effective management. Such behaviour does not benefit the development of businesses and does not resolve the matter regarding the decline of handled cargoes.»

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