APL, SA concluded its transformation on a port authority model type “landlord” thanks to the development, over the last years, of a concessions programme for private operators in general port activities. Today, APL dedicates itself to dominial management and to coordination, facilitation and essential promotions for the maintenance and improvement of the competitive levels of the port and the partnerships of the Lisbon Port Community.
Within the present context in which fast transformations are taking place in terms of world commerce and the characteristics of the flow of merchandise which circulates in the global market through chains of world logistics, as well as the dispersion of decision centres of transport and distribution alternative, ports are no longer a stable link in the transport chain and no longer have fixed traffic and have to confront permanent challenges of maintenance and the obtainment of new flows of merchandise, which is why the carrying out of these functions is fundamental.
Also in terms of community levels, transport and distribution policies have evolved and provoke impacts on the port activity which constitute opportunities which must be grabbed or threats which must be avoided. APL and its partners should make the most of the various instruments and programmes available to improve the level of services and the competitive capacity of Lisbon and the country.
It is not an isolated action of the Port Authority, but it is a strategy which includes fixed initiatives and a partnership with all those who intervene in the port life. APL aspires to be in the front line as a “logistics network facilitator” and has played an active role in the disclosure of services offered by the port which contributed toward its development. It has carried out visits, prospecting missions, supported the organisation of seminars, periodical or exception publications and national and international advertising campaigns.
The Port Community of Lisbon gathers all those who intervene in the port business, which includes associations or service companies such as pilotage, tows, concessionaires, navigation agents, brokers, shipowners, other suppliers, road and railway transporters and also public administration companies (customs, emigration services, sanitary and veterinarian services).