Containers grow about 10%, followed by Dry Bulk with 8,5%. LNG leads growth, with 63% more handled than in 2016.
The year of 2017 was marked by the reinforcement of the contribution paid by the Container Terminal - Terminal XXI for the total handled by Sines. For the first time since it began operating, back in 2004, the terminal took the top spot in terms of handling rates, accounting for nearly 42% of the total handled, with more than 1,67M TEUS handled, thus corresponding to 10,3% over 2016.
The Multipurpose Terminal also achieved good results in 2017, surpassing 6,3 million tons, with a growth of 8,5%. The handling of coal was its highlight, growing 13%.
The best result in 2017 was achieved by the LNG Terminal. With a total handling over 2,6 million tons, corresponding to an increase of nearly 63%. 2017 was the year in which this terminal 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.
The Port of Sines closed 2017 very close to the 50 million tons handled, -2.5% over 2016. Despite the good performance in containerized cargo, dry bulk and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), the 8,5% drop in the Liquid Bulk Terminal (TGL) was decisive for the year's results.
It’s 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.