Minister of the Sea at the presentation of investment projects for the container terminals of the Port of Sines and visited the new VTS system

Thursday, August 1, 2019
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The Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, visited the Port of Sines for the official presentation of the investment projects for the expansion of Terminal XXI and the new Vasco da Gama Terminal. In this evet, the Minister of the Sea also visited the new maritime traffic control system, VTS, a recent investment that increases maritime security and surveillance.

The expansion of Terminal XXI has a total private investment of 547 million euros, to be made by the concessionaire, PSA Sines, comprising the expansion of the quay and its handling equipment, as well as the maintenance, replacement and renewal of equipment already installed.

This expansion will increase the current capacity from 2,3 million TEU (standard unit equivalent 20 feet), to 4,1 M TEU and will expand the storage area from the current 42 hectares to 60 hectares. This investment ensures the simultaneous mooring of 4 last generation vessels and the creation of 900 jobs.

The construction of the new Container Terminal, Vasco da Gama Terminal, will represent an investment of private funds, totaling and estimated 642 M€, to be made by the future concessionaire.

The new terminal will have an annual handling capacity of 3 million TEU and a 1,375 m long quay with 3 simultaneous docking positions for the world’s largest ships, a 46 hectares storage area, 15 gantry cranes and depths from -17.5m ZH.

The construction of the Vasco da Gama Terminal is expected to have an economic impact of 0,28% of GDP and 0,33% of Portuguese GVA and create about 1.350 direct jobs in the exploration phase.

In all, the mentioned projects have a private investment of over 1 billion €.

At same time, regarding the port authority, several public investments are also foreseen, especially the extension of the East Breakwater of the Port of Sines by 750 meters (75 M€); the contracting of construction of a new pilot boat (900 thousand euros); the construction of a Freight Dispatch Center & Pre-Gate (4,8M€); the reinforcement of the electricity grid for high voltage (10M€); and the requalification of the railway access of the Port of Sines (8.4 M€). The total volume of public investment with these projects is 99.1M€.

The Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino highlighted the importance of these investments, already approved by the Council of Ministers on July 25, as well as the modernization of the new APS Maritime Traffic Control System, stating that they are “vital investments for the affirmation of national ports as a reference in a highly competitive sector of activity at international level”.

Respecting the IALA specifications and recommendations [1], the new VTS system will increase the fluidity and safety of navigation of vessels demanding the ports of Sines, Faro and Portimão. It is also integrated with the main business support operating system (the JUP) allowing to obtain essential data for the billing process of APS and other authorities, within the scope of FUP –Port Single Invoice.

This investment of around 900 thousand euros, awarded through an International Public Tender, involves the replacement of the operational conditions of the equipment, adapting it to the requirements of maritime-port development and to the current legislation, essential for maintain the port’s competitiveness and maintain its certifications.