PORT OF THE MONTH

This month we will take you to the Port of Leixões in Portugal. Strategically located in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, the Port of Leixões functions mainly as an export port, serving virtually all types of ships and cargo as well as cruises. Let’s have a closer look at this interesting port! 

ESPO: Can you briefly tell us about the Port of Leixões? What are its main characteristics and challenges?

Port of Leixões: Thanks to its strategic location in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, the Port of Leixões holds a privileged position in the European port system context. Leixões is mainly an export port, serving virtually all types of ships and cargo as well as cruises. It offers various regular shipping services to major European and global ports and has direct weekly connections to Angola and other African countries. Located at the intersection of important national and international routes, Leixões handles nearly 19 million tons of goods, which represents about 25% of the Portuguese Foreign Trade by sea.


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MEMBERSHIP OVERVIEW

The following national port associations and port administrations are members of ESPO: Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, Croatian Ports Association, Cyprus Ports Authority, Danish Ports, Finnish Port Association, Union des Ports de France (UPF), Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME), Irish Ports Association, Associazione Porti Italiani (Assoporti), Transport Malta, Norwegian Ports, Association Ports of Portugal (APP), Administraţia Porturilor Maritime S.A. Constanţa, Puertos del Estado, Ports of Sweden, British Ports Association / UK Major Ports Group. The following port associations and port administrations are observer at ESPO: Associated Icelandic Ports and Israel Ports Company (AIP).

The following members countries are represented by their ports directly: Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia.

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