Quays & Terminals

General Cargo and Solid Bulk Conventional quays

The conventional quays includes Dock 1 (North and South), Dock 2 (North and South) and Dock 4 North (or Agri-bulk Terminal), of which only Dock 1 North is not under concession of the TCGL - Terminal de Carga Geral e Granéis de Leixões, S.A.

The main commodities handled are: raw, pressed and sawn timber; iron and steel; granite stones; machinery and construction equipment; scrap metal; cereals and their by-products, specific cargoes such as wind turbines and transformers, among others.

Characteristics of the conventional quays:

Dock 1 North

  • Berthing Quay: 455 metres long
  • Depth: - 10 metres
  • Equipment: one crane of 45 to 90 tons capacity
  • Open Storage: 17.850 m2

Dock 1 South

  • Berthing Quay: 520 metres long
  • Depth: - 10 metres
  • Equipment: 5 cranes of 6,2 tons and 2 cranes of 16 to 40 tons capacity
  • Open Storage: 16.663 m2

Dock 2 North

  • Berthing Quay: 670 metres long
  • Depth: - 11 metres
  • Equipment: 9 cranes of 6,2 tons, 2 cranes of 5 to 15 tons capacity and 1 crane of 42 to 104 tons capacity
  • Open Storage: 34.693 m2

Dock 2 South

  • Berthing Quay: 690 metres long
  • Depth: - 11 metres
  • Equipment: 9 cranes of 6,2 tons, 4 cranes of 12 to 18 tons and 1 crane of 29 to 104 tons capacity
  • Open Storage: 53.414 m2

Dock 4 North -Agri-bulk Terminal

Most of the solid bulk agricultural foodstuffs are handled in the Agri-bulk Terminal.

  • Berthing Quay: 400 metres long
  • Depth: - 12 metres
  • Equipment: 2 ecological cranes of 15 tons, equipped with an anti-pollution system
  • Open Storage: 22.448 m2
  • Covered Storage: Warehouse nr.13: 2.500 m2; Warehouse nr.15: 1.500 m2
  • Commodities: cereals and their by-products.

Liquid Bulk Terminal

Liquid bulk handled at Leixões is bound for the Petrogal Refinery, as well as CEPSA. Besides the Oil Terminal there are other places suitable for the handling of liquid bulk.

Dock 2 South

  • Berthing quay: 690 metres
  • Depth: - 11metres
  • Commodities: asphalt and fuel oil products
  • Two pipelines for CEPSA – ‘Companhia Portuguesa de Petróleos, Lda'

Oil Terminal

The Port of Leixões has an Oil Terminal, operated under concession by Petrogal - Petróleos de Portugal, S.A. Built upon the submerged breakwater, 700 metres in length and 15 metres in height above sea level, it also serves to protect the entrance to the Port of Leixões.

The Oil Terminal, connected to the Petrogal Refinery by pipelines, has three piers:

Pier A

  • Depth: - 15 metres
  • Commodities: crude oil and various refined products
  • Vessels: up to 100,000 DWT

Pier B

  • Depth: - 10 metres
  • Commodities: crude oil and various refined products, liquefied gases and aromatic products
  • Vessels: up to 27,000 DWT

Pier C

  • Depth: - 6 metres
  • Commodities: liquefied petroleum gases, various refined products and aromatic products
  • Vessels: up to 5,000 DWT.

Galp-Leça Ocean Terminal

In 2006, the unloading operations, destined to take in crude oil for the Petrogal Refinery, started on the Galp-Leça (TOGL) - Monobuoy Ocean Terminal. This mooring post is used by tankers up to 150.000 DWT and disposes of depths of -30 meters.

Container Terminal

The North and South Container Terminals are under concession to TCL - Terminal de Contentores de Leixões, S.A., since December 1999 and for 25 years.

North Container Terminal

  • Berthing Quay: 360 metres long
  • Depths: - 10 metres
  • Equipment: 2 quayside gantries with a capacity of up to 35/44 tons. and 5 gantry cranes of 35/45 tons. capacity. It also disposes of 14 semi-towages for the internal transport of containers.
  • Total Area: 6 hectares
  • Storing Capacity: 4.000 TEU's (around 2.600 containers)
  • Handling Capacity: 250.000 TEU's /year (around 172.800 containers)
  • Reefer Containers: equipped with 96 power supply outlets

South Container Terminal

  • Berthing Quay: 540 metres long berthing quay
  • Depths: - 12 meters
  • Equipment: 4 quayside gantries with a capacity of up to 40/80, 40/80, 40/68 and 35/45 tons, 8 gantry cranes, of which four with 35/45 tons capacity and four with 35/50 tons capacity, 4 reach-stackers and 6 front-lift trucks. It also disposes of 22 semi-towages for the internal transport of containers.
  • Total Area: 16 hectares
  • Storing Capacity: 15.000 TEU's (around 10.000 containers)
  • Handling Capacity: 350.000 TEU's/year (around 226.000 containers)
  • Reefer Containers: equipped with 310 power supply outlets

Roll-on / Roll-off Terminal

The Roll-on/Roll-off traffic takes place at Dock I North, which has a depth of -10 m. The terminal has available a fixed platform 21 meters long, of 22 m and 11 m of maximum and minimum width respectively, and with a 7.7% inclination. It has a cargo capacity of 80 tons and 24 ton per axle. It also disposes of a storage area for approximately 100 trailers.

Dock 1 North

  • Depth: - 10 meters
  • Fixed Platform: maximum width of 22 meters and minimum width of 11 meters and slope of 7.7%
  • Commodities: vehicles (cars) and heavy equipment (trucks and trailers)
  • It also disposes of a storage area for approximately 100 trailers

Multipurpose Terminal

The Multi-Purpose Terminal located on the South Mole of the Port of Leixões was mainly design for Ro-Ro traffic, boosting the development of the Motorways of the Sea from Leixões to worldwide. This terminal features an advanced quay 310m long and a ro-ro ramp 26m wide, with depths of -10m (ZHL). It has the capacity to handle equipment with a maximum of 360 tonnes. It also includes a perpendicular quay to the South Mole 155m long and -10m deep, a new quay of approximately 50m long and a dry dock ramp. It is mainly designed to improve the Short Sea Shipping, either Ro-Ro or Lo-Lo. This terminal has available 8 ha of open storage area for support services.

Cruise Terminal

The Port of Leixões receives around 80 000 passengers annually in cruise ships coming from all parts of the world, mainly United Kingdom, Germany and United States of America. For this purpose Leixões features two cruise terminals:

North Cruise Terminal

Located at Dock 1 North, this terminal has available a 300m quay, with -10m depth. It is equipped with adequate facilities for the reception of tourists. The Leixões Passenger Terminal is considered an important Architectural and Historical Heritage of the city of Matosinhos. Opened formally in April 1961 and created by the architects Tito Figueiredo and Jorge Gigante, this building is highly representative of the architecture of that time. It is made of wood and its large windows allow passengers to enjoy the beauty of the sea as well as the port traffic.

Dock 1 North

  • Berthing quay: 300 metres
  • Depth: - 10 metres
  • Ships maximum length: 250 metres
  • Draught: 8 metres (at high tide, 9 metres)

South Cruise Terminal (Porto Cruise Terminal)

The new Cruise Terminal is a project of the Port Authority boosting the cruise tourism in the North of Portugal region. The new Terminal is located on the South Mole of the port. The new quay is in operation since April 2011 allowing since then the call at this port of the largest and most luxurious cruise ships sailing worldwide. The main building features a Passenger Terminal with the capacity to 2.500 passengers in turnaround and no limit for passengers in transit. In this building, it is also located the Departments of Science Production (offices and experimental laboratories) and of Scientific Dissemination of the Science and Technology Park of the Sea. This is the largest project ever for the opening of the Port of Leixões to the city, increasing significantly the capacity of the Port of Leixões to receive larger cruise vessels.

- Cruise Quay

  •        Total quay length: 340m
  •        Depths: – 10m (ZHL)
  •        Maximum ship dimension: 300m mooring
  •        Pilotage compulsory (for entry and leaving)
  •        No limit for ship stay
  •        ISPS compliance

- Passenger Station building, located in the central building of the complex, with several amenities for transit cruise liners or turnaround cruise vessels. With no limit capacity for passengers in transit and with capacity for 2.500 passengers in turnaround;

- A River-sea Quay for the mooring of vessels that will provide tourist routes in the River Douro;

- A Nautical Recreational Port for 170 vessels and essential support services for vessels as well as convenience areas and support facilities for sailors;

- Parking areas for coaches and vehicles, along the pier and indoor parking.

Yacht Marina

The Yacht marina under concession to Associação de Clubes Marina Porto Atlântico is sited in the beginning of the North Breakwater and is limited by the North, West and East (clubs) quays and Marigraph. This infrastructure is composed by a set of floating elements (pontoons) and fingers. To become stabled horizontally these were linked to a metallic framework fixed in the rocks in the bottom of the sea. It supplies drinking water, fuel and power (low tension) to the boats and is equipped with fire-extinguishers and containers for waste and oil. It disposes of 248 berths for permanent mooring. It disposes of an area of pontoons with a total length of 50 meters allowing the berthing of 4 to 5 yachts.

  • Services/Equipment: supply of drinking water, fuel and power (low tension). It is equipped with fire-extinguishers and containers for waste and oil.

Fishing Harbour

Allotted to DOCAPESCA Portos e Lotas, S.A., Matosinhos is the leading fishing harbour in Portugal in terms of the amount of fish traded, and the most important as far as sardine fishing and coastal trawler fishing are concerned. Provided with three intake jetties 1.890 meters long and depths of -4 meters (Z.H.L.), it allows the berthing of 46 trawlers and 20 trawl-boats at the same time. The fish sales hall assures more efficient services in better working and hygienic conditions. The level of innovation goes as far as the creation of a modern electronic auction computer system. The refrigerated warehouse, in its turn, has already a storing capacity of 5,500 tonnes.


Specialised facilities


Located adjacent to the Port of Leixões, the terminal of Silos de Leixões created for the storing of grain and its by-products, oleaginous seed and other food-stuff occupies an area of 2,3 ha and has a storing capacity of 120.000 tonnes, 100.000 tonnes of which in vertical silos and 20.000 tonnes in a warehouse.


The products manufactured at the ‘Leça da Palmeira Refinery', connected to the Leixões Oil Terminal through some 20 pipelines and gas-pipes, are either shipped to other Portuguese ports (an interchange between the refineries, storage areas belonging to Petrogal, S.A. and other private facilities), supplied to the internal market or shipped to foreign ports, particularly basic oils and chemicals, as exports


CEPSA – Companhia Portuguesa de Petróleos, S.A. is connected with the Dock 2 South by means of two pipelines for asphalt products and fuel oil at the south container terminal and by two pipelines for chemicals. It has a storing capacity of 61.000 tonnes;


On Dock 1 South there are two warehouses, which occupy an area of almost 1.500 m2, for the reception and expedition of bulk cement.