The excellent natural conditions of the port allow the existence of a wide variety of river vessels for the process of transferring cargo ship-to-shore and between both banks of the river.

Inland waterway transport is a major mode of transport today, particularly in central European countries, as part of the global and integrated transport and logistics system.

Aware of this reality and seeking new and better ways to enhance port activity, the Port of Lisbon Authority intends to collaborate in and support the development of projects aimed at boosting river traffic of goods in the Tagus Estuary, thus taking advantage of its unique navigability conditions as well as the competitive advantages that may arise from this, in terms of the general economy in the logistics chain, in addition to environmental and energy benefits.

The investment in this type of traffic will lead to an increase in intermodality, even by means of the installation of new Logistical Platforms in the Lisbon metropolitan area, preventing the increase in port activity in Lisbon from causing significant social and environmental impacts on the city.