The first expansion phase of Sines Container Terminal (Terminal XXI) is now underway, with another 204 m of quay to be added by the end of 2021.
Representing an investment of €16.5m (US$19m), the concessionaire PSA Sines will be able to utilise a 1,150 m long quay once the first phase is completed.
In its final configuration, the terminal will offer a 1,750 m quay, with the investment reinforcing its capacity to receive several mega vessels simultaneously on the main international maritime routes.
In October 2019, the Ports of Sines and the Algarve Authority (APS) and PSA Sines signed an amendment to the concession contract that allows new investments to be made regarding the expansion of the quay and the resizing and modernisation of the terminal.
This agreement projects an increase in the annual handling capacity from 2.3 teu to 4.1m teu.
In February 2020, APS Sines cosigned the contract for the third phase of expansion of the East breakwater of the port, worth around €72m (US$85m).
This covers the 750 m extension of the breakwater, therefore reinforcing the protection of the east part of the port where Terminal XXI is located.
These works are part of a project approved by the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation (COMPETE 2020) and will benefit from community financing, through the Cohesion Fund, of approximately €25m (US$29m).