Prime Minister and Minister for the Sea in Sines

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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The Port of Sines was the stage for the presentation of the Strategy for the Increase of Port Competitiveness - Horizon 2016-2026, by the Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, on the morning of 19 December.

The Prime Minister, António Costa, presided the session, which was attended by the Deputy Minister, Eduardo Cabrita, the Secretary of State for Fisheries, José Apolinário, the Secretary of State for Infrastructures, Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins and the Assistant Secretary of State for the Prime Minister, Mariana Vieira da Silva.

António Costa highlighted the importance of Portuguese ports as boosters of the economy, praising the strategic vision of the Minister of the Sea who, ten years ago, as Secretary of State of Transport, drew up an ambitious development plan for the port sector for the decade 2006-2016, with results that far exceeded the established targets, despite some setbacks.

On this occasion, the Minister for the Sea presented the Strategy for the Increase of Port Competitiveness for the next ten years, based on three objectives, aimed at adjusting the ports to the increasing demand and increase of the size of the ships, the reinforcement of connections to the hinterland, improvement of operating conditions and the creation of platforms for technological acceleration and new skills in the ports.

Achieving these objectives will result in an increase of 88% in the total volume of cargo handled at national ports and 200% in containerized cargo, with an estimated 12,000 new jobs created by 2030.

In this context, the bet in Sines, with an investment that will be around € 670M, focuses on the increase of containerized cargo, through the expansion of Terminal XXI, with the construction of its third phase, as well as the development of a new Terminal for containers, named Terminal Vasco da Gama. With the these projects, the port will see its volume of cargo handling will grow about 130%.

It should be remembered that, as part of the Infrastructure Investment Plan for Railways 2020, presented by the Ministry of Planning and Infrastructures, the Port of Sines will benefit from the development of the Southern International Corridor (Sines-Caia-Madrid), will begin its construction in 2017, ensuring an efficient and competitive connection to the flow of goods to and from the Spanish hinterland.