The Development Strategy is structured on some fundamental elements: APDL's Mission and Values, the Vision for APDL and its business units, the Strategic Objectives grouped into Strategic Intervention Axes and also the Critical Development Factors for APDL and its port system.

The defined strategy seeks, in compliance with APDL's Mission, to achieve a set of Strategic Objectives (SO) that the defined Vision presupposes and that aim to take advantage of APDL's and its port system's competitive advantages, to take advantage of its defence capabilities, to materialise its reorientation needs and to correct its vulnerabilities.

In order to promote the necessary articulation and integration of the three business units and APDL as a cohesive whole, the SO were grouped into Strategic Intervention Axes (SIA), which, as a whole, seek to cover the challenges that APDL will face, facilitating the compatibility of the SO between the business units, representing a concerted strategy for APDL and contributing to aggregate and make compatible the actions of the stakeholders considered relevant to the implementation of the development strategy adopted. The linking of the State Budgets to these strategic axes contributes to framing in a logical structure the actions to be undertaken in order to achieve the desired strategic development.


The SIA cover the four major areas in which the APDL should act as the entity responsible for port and logistics business and the managing entity of a set of infrastructures, which should ensure its internal cohesion, namely taking into account the new configuration of the port system and contribute towards the sustainability of the territories in which it is located.

  • Business: business Consolidation and Diversification
  • Infrastructure: development of port and intermodal infrastructures
  • Internal Management: increase internal cohesion
  • Sustainability: sustainability and integration with the surroundings


The critical success factors that are presented below identify the critical issues for the good pursuit of the development strategy of APDL and its port system and, therefore, constitute a support for the prioritisation of actions, so as not to lose focus on what is really strategic and as such should be treated.

  • Mobilisation and adhesion of the internal structure of APDL and its stakeholders
  • Mitigation of the environmental impacts of port operations (especially in Leixões)
  • Strengthening of integrated supply supported by logistics platforms, either to increase value or to increase landside capacity (especially in Leixões)
  • Construction of a terminal with -14.8 m(ZH) in Leixões
  • Improvement of Maritime Accessibility to the Port of Leixões
  • Conversion of the South Container Terminal
  • Articulation of all entities (24h/24h)
  • Improvement of the Maritime Accessibility at the Port of Viana do Castelo
  • Renovation of the cargo handling equipment at the Port of Viana do Castelo
  • Road access to the commercial port of Viana do Castelo
  • Ro-ro ramp in Viana do Castelo
  • Coordinated management of Douro Inland Waterway with third parties (namely EDP and local development agents)
  • Navigation safety (widening and deepening of the Douro Waterway Canal)
  • Modernisation of locks on the Douro waterway
  • Additional wharves on the River Douro for tourist cruises
  • Night-time navigation on the Douro Waterway