Container volumes rose by 10.3% at the Port of Sines in Portugal, with a total throughput of 1.67m teu in 2017.
For the first time since it began operating, back in 2004, the Container Terminal – Terminal XXI, took the top spot in terms of handling rates, accounting for nearly 42% of the total handled.
Volumes at the Multipurpose Terminal surpassed 6.3m tonnes with growth of 8.5% particularly due to a 13% rise in coal handling.
The best result in 2017 was achieved by the LNG Terminal, handling over 2.6m tonnes, corresponding to an increase of nearly 63%.
The LNG facility “began to strengthen its position nationally and internationally, attracting new supplying sources and marking its position as a privileged point for the reception and dispatch of LNG” according to a statement from the port authority.
Despite the good performance in several key segments, volumes at the Liquid Bulk Terminal (TGL) fell by 8.5%.
“It is important to mention that in 2016, Sines had benefited from the stop of the mono buoy of Leixões, and that in 2017 the TGL returned to the expected handling rates for that infrastructure,” noted the port authority.