The Port of Sines achieved a 13% increase in containerised cargo volumes last year, marking its third best year since Terminal XXI began operating in 2004.
Located in Portugal, the port had lost some services in 2019, handling 1.42m teu, but rebounded last year despite the tough industry dynamics caused by the pandemic.
Although the hub primarily handles transhipment, a rise in hinterland cargo was particularly significant, with more than 442,000 teu registered.
Overall throughput across cargo types increased by 1%, corresponding to 42.2m tonnes.
Liquid bulk registered a slight decrease of 1% with a total throughput 21.5m tonnes. More than 8.3m tonnes of crude oil was handled for supplying the Sines refinery, while 7.3m tonnes of refined products (gasoline, gas oils and the like) comprised an important share of the country’s export cargo in 2020.
LNG was also enhanced, with a total volume surpassing 4m tonnes, supplying more than 90% of the country’s needs.
With regards to coal handling, the increased awareness regarding decarbonisation resulted in an 80% in dry bulk handling while the closing of two power plants in the country led to a loss of 2.5m tonnes of coal last year.
During 2020, the port presented a new strategic plan, , aimed at strengthening centrality and connectivity based on a network management or system coordination model.
It included a commitment to environmental and social sustainability, preparing the port for an increasingly modern, innovative, digital and efficient future.