The Port of Sines occupies the 98th position in the "World Top Container Ports 2021" of the specialised magazine "Container Management", registering an increase of seven positions compared to the previous year's ranking.
The Sines' Container Terminal (Terminal XXI) closed the year of 2020 with a year-on-year growth of 13%, with a total of 1,611,963 TEU handled, allowing it to climb seven positions in the international ranking, thus being part of the world Top 100 in the 98th position. This year, Sines maintained its growth tendency and closed the first half of the year with a year-on-year growth of 22.5%. By the end of 2021, total handling is expected to come close to 1.8 million TEUs.
Taking into account the adverse context that the pandemic has imposed since the beginning of 2020, these excellent results attest the resilience and determination of the entire Sines' Port and Logistics Community in maintaining and strengthen the logistics chains, with the port managing to remain 100% operational throughout this period.
It is recalled that, at the end of 2019, the addendum to the contract between PSA Sines (Terminal XXI concessionaire) and the Port Authority (APS) was signed, aiming at doubling the terminal's capacity to 4.1 million TEU. The private investment of 660.9 million Euros by PSA Sines will result in the expansion of the quay to 1,750 meters, enabling the simultaneous operation of four Megacarriers. While these development continue to advance, APS is responsible for the extension of the maritime protection that covers the entire eastern part of the port. In 2020, PSA Sines continued its investment pace, with the conversion of six manual RTGs into fully automated e-RTGs.
On the other hand, PSA and APS have been promoting the development of railroad access to the terminal, with train operations expected to double by the end of 2021. At the same time, the Portuguese Government continues to develop the rail connection between Sines and the Spanish border, enhancing the port's capacity to improve the services to the Iberian hinterland.
In its Strategic Plan for the next ten years, APS expects containerised cargo to continue to grow steadily, and one of the primary goals is for the port to reach 8% of the Iberian market, thus increasing its share of cargo to and from the hinterland.