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Porto da Figueira da Foz to invest in larger ship handing and increased rail connections

Figueira da Foz, Portugal (PortSEurope) June 17, 2018 – Gonçalo Vieira, president of Comunidade Portuária da Figueira da Foz (Port Community of Figueira da Foz) has said that future works carried out at the port, designed to host larger vessels (up to eight metres in depth), will directly boost demand and expand the hinterland of the port and will cover the Central and West zones.

By integrating the operators of the Port of Figueira da Foz and the City Council, the project will stimulate an increase in demand, already rising since 2005, when dredging work in the port made possible the scale of vessels of 6.5 metres draft.

The port, between 2008 and 2017, showed a remarkable annual average growth (7%), only supplanted by Sines (8%) in Portugal, numbers exceeding the average of 4% denoted by the main Portuguese ports.

However, it is precisely an investment of €16 million ($18.52 million) that the port intends to raise, with the intention of making three improvements: dredging up to 10 metres draft (which will allow the scale of ships with 8 metres draft), the enlargement of the manoeuvring basin of the port and the improvement of the berthing front through expansion of the quays.

The port also intends to increase railway access to the port from the hinterlands. Currently, two freight trains serving the port daily.

Source: Revista Cargo

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