“The port of Sines resisted the trend of sharp drops in container handling globally, registering an accumulated decrease of 2% in the first six months of this year”, highlights a statement from APS - Administration of the Ports of Sines and the Algarve, without advance the specific values of cargo handling.
According to this document, “if the first quarter was even quite positive, the second was affected by the impact of the pandemic on the world economy”, recalling that “the terminal XXI of the Port of Sines is inserted in the global logistics chains, absorbing part of the oscillations of this market internationally ”.
"The prospects for the second half are to maintain the volumes of the previous year in the general cargo segment, namely with regard to containerized cargo, and the continuous reduction in the movement of fossil fuels, contributing to a more sustainable planet", says APS .
According to the officials of this public company, “the first half of 2020 confirmed the trend towards reducing the movement of fossil fuels in the port of Sines, in line with the challenges posed in the 'European Ecological Pact'”.
"As the main national gateway for the entry of energy products into the country, the impact of the necessary decarbonisation of the economy is a conscious process and the effects of which are being minimized by promoting the attraction of other types of cargo," said the statement.
APS adds that, “(….) With the stop of national thermoelectric plants, the port of Sines stopped handling almost two million tons of coal, compared to the previous semester”.
“On the other hand, the reduction in the movement of 'crude' due to the decrease in demand for fuels (gasoline and diesel), in the context of the confinement motivated by Covid-19, had an impact of almost one million tons in the movement of liquid bulk , with Liquefied Natural Gas maintaining the movement levels of the previous semester, ”explains APS, referring that,“ the movement of the general cargo segment, which includes containerized cargo, has remained practically unchanged ”.
"Thus, the set of the three goods segments registered in the first half of 2020 a reduction of 12,7% in relation to the same period of the previous year", concludes the statement of APS.