Containerised cargo at the port grew by 22.5 per cent to 904,910 TEU in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, according to media reports.
'The figures for the first half of 2021 reveal the growth trend started at the end of the previous year,' stressed the Sines and Algarve Ports Authority (APS), anticipating 'another positive year' for the Alentejo port.
'This positive trend should be associated with the flexibility and resilience of the entire Sines port community which, in a pandemic context, maintained supply chains and continued to respond to market needs,' it highlighted.
Liquid bulk, including crude, refined and natural gas, also grew in double digits by 29 per cent and accumulated 12.6 million tonnes handled, an increase of 2.8 million tonnes.
There was an increase of 27 per cent in oil imports and 16 per cent in the handling of petroleum products compared to the pre-pandemic period in 2019, demonstrating the Port of Sines' recovery from the restrictions.
General cargo, including containers, grew 21 per cent to 11.2 million tonnes, an increase of 2 million tonnes, and in the first half of the year.
'Also in the first half of the year there was an increase of 1 per cent in the number of calls at Sines,' a total of 988 ships, concluded the APS.