Portugal: Sines port sees 23 pct growth in cargo handled in H1 2021

The Port of Sines (Setúbal) recorded a growth of over 23% in all cargo segments, handling 24 million tonnes in the first half of this year, the port authority said on Wednesday.

“The figures for the first half of 2021 reveal the growth trend started at the end of the previous year,” stressed the Sines and Algarve Ports Authority (APS), anticipating “another positive year” for the Alentejo port.

According to APS, in a statement, “in the set of all cargo segments, an accumulated movement of 24 million tonnes represents a year-on-year growth of 23.8%” in the first half of 2021.

“This positive trend should be associated with the flexibility and resilience of the entire Sines port community which, in a pandemic context, maintained supply chains and continued to respond to market needs,” it highlighted.

Contributing to these results are liquid bulk, which includes crude oil, refined products and natural gas, which recorded “a growth of 28.6% over the same period last year and accumulated 12.6 million tonnes handled, an increase of 2.8 million tonnes.

In this segment, “there was “an increase of 27% in oil imports and 16% in the handling of petroleum products compared to the same period pre-pandemic,” in 2019.

For the port infrastructure, this increase reveals “the remarkable economic recovery of the port” as a result of “the lifting of restrictions imposed by the pandemic”.

In the general cargo segment, which includes containers, the port recorded “a year-on-year growth of 21.2 percent and a total of 11.2 million tonnes handled” in the first six months of this year.

The movement of containers, “one of the main cargo segments at the port, continues to consolidate its position, reaching a total of 904,910 TEU [20-foot containers] handled and a growth of 22.5% compared to the same period last year.”

“Also in the first half of the year there was an increase of 1% in the number of calls at Sines,” a total of 988 ships, concluded the APS.