The results for the first half of 2021 confirm the growth trajectory presented since the end of the previous year by the Port of Sines. The aggregate of all types of cargo reached the 24 million tons handled, representing a year-on-year growth of 23.8%. This positive evolution should be coupled with the flexibility and resilience of the entire port community of Sines which, in a pandemic context, maintained the supply chains and continued to respond to the markets' needs.
Contributing to this evolution, Liquid Bulk, thus including crude, refined and natural gas, registered a growth of 28.6% over the same period last year and accumulated 12.6 million tons handled, an increase of 2.8 million tons. In this specific type of cargo, with special emphasis on crude and refined products, there is an increase of 27% in oil imports and 16% in the handling of petroleum products compared to the homologous pre-pandemic period (2019), demonstrating the remarkable economic recovery of the Port of Sines in the context of the clearance of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In what concerns General Cargo, which includes containers, it also registered a significant growth, accounting for a year-on-year growth of 21.2% and a total of 11.2 million tons handled (+2.0 million tons). Containerized cargo, one of the main types of cargo in the Port of Sines, continues to demonstrate its dynamism consolidating its position, reaching a total of 904,910 TEUs 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, registering 988 ships.
The Port of Sines, thus, presents reults that allow to consolidate the anticipation of another positive year.