This aesthetical structure, which was built for the liners and freighters that cross the Atlantic Ocean, is located on the North of Porto, Matosinhos. Let’s scrutinize this structure, which was costed 50 Million Euros, and opened July 25, 2015.
The first thing that draws attention in The Port of Leixões is, its terminal building. When looking from outside, the building looks spiral and extremely white, and from inside, white walls that were inspired from the fish scales are fascinating. Transparent ceiling and the spiral ramps that go up are looking so elegant and modern. When you reached to the upstairs, passenger terminal meets you. This terminal was designed extremely modern and is a complete substitute of an airport passenger terminal.
The Port of Leixões hosts an average of 80.000 passengers mostly from England, Germany, and United States, annually. The capacity limit for the staying passengers is 2500, whereas there is no limit for the transit passengers.
After passing the passenger terminal that you can wait while watching the ocean, and going upstairs, you reach to the terrace of the terminal. This terrace with magnificent ocean view was designed in the same way with the inside of the terminal, extremely white and inspired from the fish scales. When you are on the terrace, it appears that this gigantic-looking terminal building is much smaller than the port. In point of fact, the port consists of 10 main areas. General cargo and solid cargo docks: They consist of 4 different docks which have depth, volume, and load capacity variance, with regards to characteristics.
Liquid cargo dock: It is not only used for the oil but also for the other liquid cargos. The dock’s length is 690 meters and the depth is 11 meters.
Oil terminal: This terminal is 700 meters long, and it is not only used as an oil terminal but also it is used as the checkpoint of in and out.
Container terminal: It is divided into two, as North and South terminal and covers 22 hectares of area, in total.
Vehicle entrance/exit terminal for ferries: It is used by both people who want to travel with their cars and the transportation of the brand new cars to different regions in the world.
Multipurpose terminal: Generally, this area is used as the support services’ warehouse, but from time to time it is used in accordance with the port’s different needs.
Passenger terminal: This terminal, which was designed elegantly, is walkable and even though it looks enormous when you are inside, it actually looks like a tiny dot from a bird’s eye view. So, this shows us that The Port of Leixões was built on a very spacious area and has a great deal of importance on water transportation, especially for the countries that have a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
Marine: In this area, there are not only private yachts, drinkable water, fuel, and power but also, a fire brigade as a prevention of a fire that might break out from an oil leakage.
Fishing zone: This area is opened in the fishing season and lots of people catch fish here. In the closed season, fishing vessels are parked in this area.
Exclusive facilities: Portugal oil companies have facilities for the supplying oils to the arrival ships. Moreover, there is an area that covers 1500 m² and is used as a cement warehouse.
There is a map of the entire port below. For the record, The Port of Leixões is open to the passengers and the visitors. It is one of the must-see locations when you go to the Porto / Portugal.
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