The Autoridade Portuaria de Setubal (APSS) SA is the port authority for the Port of Setubal. The APSS strives to make the Port of Setubal a national leader in roll-on/roll-off cargoes, particularly as an attractive alternative for transport for the markets in Madrid. The APSS has adopted the goals of making the Port of Setubal the best economic and efficiency choice for Madrid by adopting innovative solutions in handling roll-on/roll-off cargoes for the Iberian Peninsula. APSS strives to redefine and expand its logistics services for unitized, containerized, and bulk cargoes. APSS will provide permanent 24-hours access to the ocean for vessels of up to 12 meters draft while also maintaining the environmental integrity of the Port of Setubal area.
In 2008, the Port of Setubal handled a total of 6.12 million tons of cargo, including 3.14 million tons of solid bulk, 1.52 million tons of unitized cargo, 950 thousand tons of liquid bulk, 330 thousand tons of roll-on/roll-off cargo, and 180 thousand tons of containerized cargo. The major cargoes included cement (1.1 million tons), clinker (918 thousand tons), metals (774 thousand tons), copper and zinc concentrates (494 thousand tons), oil (392 thousand tons), gasoline (390 thousand tons), and roll-on/roll-off cargoes (326 thousand tons). The Port of Setubal handled 20 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo and 196.8 thousand vehicles.
The Port of Setubal’s Multi-use Terminal Zone 1 is operated by TERSADO and handles unitized, roll-on/roll-off, solid bulk, and containers. With an 864-meter long wharf and a roll-on/roll-off gangway 30 meters wide, the terminal offers berthing positions of 170 meters that offer alongside depth of 9.5 meters and berthing positions of 694 meters with alongside depth of 10.5 meters. The multi-use terminal contains 2.1 thousand square meters of covered storage.
The Port of Setubal’s Multi-use Terminal Zone 2 is operated by SADOPORT and handles unitized and roll-on/roll-off cargoes and containers. The wharf is 725 meters long with alongside depth of 15 meters. The terminal is equipped with a 45-ton capacity gantry crane and a post-Panamax gantry crane with 40 tons capacity. This terminal has 1.6 thousand square meters of covered storage.
The AutoEuropa Terminal and Roll-on/Roll-off Terminal in the Port of Setubal have a 365-meter long wharf with a roll-on/roll-off gangway and with alongside depth of 12 meters. The terminal contains open paved storage of 150 thousand square meters, 60 thousand square meters of which is dedicated to the AutoEuropa Terminal.
The Port of Setubal’s Terminal Portuario is operated by SAPEC and is dedicated to handling solid and liquid bulk cargoes. The wharf can accommodate ships to 200 meters long with 10.5 meters of draft. The terminal includes storage of about 25 thousand square meters. The Liquid Bulk Terminal, also operated by SAPEC, has three berthing stations that can accommodate ships to 190 meters long with 9.5 meters draft.
The Port of Setubal also contains several terminals for private use. The Terminal SECIL is used primarily by companies that move cement, clinker, and coal. Located at the West Wharf, its berths can accommodate ships to 150 meters with 10 meters draft and ships to 170 meters with 9 meters draft. It also has a 98-meter wharf that accommodates vessels to 125 meters long with 7.1 meters draft. The terminal contains about 61 thousand square meters of paved area.
The Terminal da Uralada in the Port of Setubal handles liquid bulk cargoes (primarily alimentary oils and molasses) and can accommodate ships to 100 meters with 5.5 meters draft. The Terminal de Praias do Sado handles solid and liquid bulk cargoes at a wharf of 125 meters with alongside depth of 9.5 meters. The Terminal da Alstom Portugal specializes in unitized general cargoes and can accommodate ships to 110 meters and 6 meters draft.
The Port of Setubal’s Terminal Tanquisado/Eco-Oil handles combustible liquid bulk cargoes. It serves ships carrying fuels of up to 200 meters long and 9.5 meters draft. The Solid Bulk Terminal of Mitrena serves several companies that move solid bulk cargoes at 152-meter wharf that can accommodate ships to 200 meters long with 10 meters draft. The terminal includes 160 thousand square meters of storage area. The Teporset Terminal specializes in clinker and cement. It has a 165-meter long wharf that can accommodate vessels to 152 meters with 9.3 meters draft. It also has about 70 thousand square meters of paved area.
The Lisnave Estaleiros Navais SA facility in the Port of Setubal repairs and converts ships and offshore platforms. Operating since 2001, the facility contains six dock berths with capacity for 700 thousand DWT as well as a varied set of workshops and services to provide comprehensive services to ship-owners.
The Port of Setubal’s recreational dock of Fontainhas offers mooring for about 150 boats and offers water and electrical connections and sanitary facilities. The Fontainhas reserves some space for the boats of the Sado that are used for tourist excursions into the estuary. Nearby is the Naval Club of Setubalense with space for 60 recreational vessels and a luxurious set of activities.
The Port of Setubal has been a fishing port for many centuries. It is, in fact, one of Portugal’s most important fishing ports, although the general crisis in the fishing industry has diminished that function. The APSS pledges continued improvement of the fishing docks and facilities.