Yesterday, April 20th, the ceremony was held to welcome the pilot boat "Cte. Celso Madeira" (model "Interceptor 48" from Safehavenmarine) to the APS workforce, seeking to strengthen the operational capacity and respond to the growth that has been recorded in recent years in Sines.
The speedboat is similar to the one already existing at the ports of Leixões and Aveiro, with a length of 14.9 meters, a beam of 4.4 meters, draught of 1.3 meters, and displacement of 18.8 tons. The propulsion is ensured by Volvo engines and two 4-blade propellers, with an operational speed of 25 knots. The fuel tank has a capacity of 1,800 liters and the water tank has 110 liters.
The vessel also has a generous set of communications and navigation equipment, including radar, sonar, GPS, and ECDIS. The hull is protected with fenders all around and prepared for the impacts that can occur in bad weather conditions, when mooring for pilot transfer. It also has additional safety equipment, namely for the rescue of shipwrecked people, including a hydraulic stern retrieval platform and Jason Cradle.
In a tribute and recognition to the outstanding commitment of all health professionals in the pandemic context, the new boat has as godmother the Health Delegate of Sines and responsible for Maritime Health, Fernanda Santos, in a ceremony that was also attended by the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Hugo Mendes, the Mayor of Sines, Nuno Mascarenhas, and other representatives of the port community.
The ceremony was part of the working meeting held between the Secretary of State for Infrastructure and the Board of Directors of APS, and this member of the Government visited the expansion works of the Sines Container Terminal (Terminal XXI) under the responsibility of PSA Sines (Terminal concessionaire), as well as the works relating to the extension of the East Breakwater, the responsibility of the port authority, which will provide the Port of Sines with a total capacity of 4.1 million TEU.