The Administracao dos Portos do Douro e Leixoes (APDL), SA is the port authority for the Port of Leixoes. Established in 1989, the APDL is a joint-stock company created exclusively with public capital. It administers the Port of Douro and the Port of Leixoes, responsible for their operations, conservation, and development.
In 2008, the Port of Leixoes was visited by 2695 vessels carrying 15.6 million tons of cargo, including 5 million tons of imports and 10.6 million tons of exports. Among the vessels were 1373 container vessels, 520 bulk carriers, 507 containers, and 54 passenger vessels.
The entrance channel to the Port of Leixoes is 220 meters wide between the heads of the breakwaters. At the entrance to Dock 1, the channel is 113 meters wide. At its narrowest point, the entrance to Dock 2, the channel is 58 meters wide. Pilotage is required for most ocean-going commercial vessels.
The Port of Leixoes has three conventional quays: Docks 1 and 2 and Dock 4 North. The major cargoes handled by these quays include cotton, cork, timber, iron and steel, granite, metals (aluminum, copper, and zinc) and scrap metal, vehicles and chassis, cereals, machinery, and special cargoes like transformers and wind turbines.
Equipped with a crane with up to 90 tons capacity, the Port of Leixoes’ Dock 1 North has a 455-meter long berthing quay with alongside depth of 10 meters and over 17.8 thousand square meters of open storage. Dock 1 South in the Port of Leixoes has a 520-meter docking quay with alongside depth of 10 meters. It is equipped with five cranes of 6.2 ton capacity and two cranes with capacity for up to 40 tons, and it has 34.7 thousand square meters of open storage. Dock 1 South also contains four warehouses covering 2.5 thousand square meters for receiving and expediting bulk cement.
Dock 2 South at the Port of Leixoes offers a 690-meter long quay with alongside depth of 11 meters. With a total of 14 cranes, the largest crane can lift up to 104 tons. Dock 2 South has 53.4 thousand square meters of open storage.
The Port of Leixoes’ Dock 4 North, the Agri-bulk Terminal, has a 400-meter quay with alongside depth of 11 meters. The Agri-bulk Terminal is equipped with two cranes with anti-pollution systems and capacity for 15 tons. It also has 22.5 thousand square meters of open storage and two warehouses covering a total of four thousand square meters.
The Liquid Bulk Terminal at the Port of Leixoes handles mainly petroleum and petroleum products, but there are several berths specializing in other liquid bulk cargoes. The South Mole has a 290-meter berthing quay with alongside depth of 6 meters. It handles liquid fuels, liquefied petroleum gas, asphalt, and molasses. Port of Leixoes’ facilities in Matosinhos and at the South Mole have capacity for almost 65 thousand tons of bitumen. Also at the South Mole, storage areas for molasses and by-products cover 1790 square meters and contain a storage tank.
Handling molasses and equipped with pipelines, the Port of Leixoes’ Dock 1 South has a quay of 520 meters with alongside depth of 10 meters. Dock 2 South handles asphalt and fuel oil products at a 690-meter long quay with alongside depth of 11 meters. It is also connected with the Oil Terminal’s Pier B by pipeline for receiving fuels.
The Port of Leixoes’ Oil Terminal is operated under concession by Petrogal-Petroleos de Portugal, SA. The terminal is built on an underwater breakwater, and it is 700 meters long and 15 meters above sea level. It doubles as protection to the Port of Leixoes. Connected to the Petrogal Refinery by pipeline, the Oil Terminal contains three piers.
Pier A has a depth of 14 meters and can accommodate vessels to 100 thousand DWT carrying crude oil and other refined products through the Port of Leixoes. Pier B has a depth of 10 meters and can accommodate vessels to 27 thousand DWT that carry crude oil, refined products, liquefied gases, and aromatic products. Pier B at the Oil Terminal in the Port of Leixoes has capacity for 61 thousand tons of asphalt products and fuel oil through pipelines to Dock 2 South. With a depth of six meters, Pier C can accommodate vessels to five thousand DWT carrying liquefied petroleum gases, refined products, and aromatic products.
Opening in 1999, the North and South Container Terminals at the Port of Leixoes are operated by TCL – Terminal de Contentores de Leixoes, SA, under a 25-year concession. The Port of Leixoes’ North Container Terminal has a 360-meter long berthing quay with alongside depth of 10 meters. Covering a total area of six hectares, the North Container Terminal has handling capacity to handle 250 thousand TEUs per year and can store four thousand TEUs. It also has 96 power outlets for refrigerated containers.
The Port of Leixoes’ South Container Terminal has a 540-meter long quay with alongside depth of 12 meters. Covering 16 hectares, the South Container Terminal can handle 350 thousand TEUs per year and can store 15 thousand TEUs. It has 310 power outlets.
The Roll-on/Roll-off Terminal in the Port of Leixoes receives weekly shipments at Dock 1 North. With a depth of 10 meters, the ro-ro terminal has a maximum width of 22 meters and a slope of 7.7%. The main cargoes handled at this terminal are vehicles and heavy equipment. The terminal includes a storage area for about 100 trailers.
About 23 thousand cruise passengers from all over the world visit the Port of Leixoes each year. The Port of Leixoes Passenger Terminal, located on Dock 1 North, covers about 840 square meters. It has a berthing quay of 300 meters with alongside depth of 10 meters that can accommodate vessels to 205 meters with 8 meters draft (9 meters draft at high tide).
The Port of Leixoes’ Yacht Marina is located at the North Mole. Operated by concession to the Marina de Leixoes – Association of Clubs, the marina has a 50-meter quay with alongside depth of 2.5 meters. The marina has 248 permanent mooring points and a pontoon that can berth up to 5 yachts.
The Port of Leixoes’ Fishing Harbor is located in the city of Matosinhos. Operated under concession to Docapesca – Portos e Lotas, SA, the fishing harbor has three intake jetties that total 1890 meters in length with alongside depth of four meters. The facilities include a refrigerated warehouse with capacity for 5.5 thousand tons.
The Port of Leixoes also houses two grain silos. Occupying an area of 2.3 hectares, the silos have capacity to store 120 thousand tons (105 tons in vertical silos and 15 thousand tons in a warehouse).