Maritime and River Transport


In line with the Strategy for Improving Competitiveness of the Portuguese Continental Commercial Port Network - Horizon 2026, a more sustainable use of the potential of the sea is safeguarded, reinforcing Portugal’s national geostrategic position and contributing to the success of the sea economy.


Some of the issues that arise from the development of this sector mostly include the increase in the size of vessels, progressive containerisation, the upsurge in the number of cruise ships, digitalisation, as well as the exploitation of the full potential of the Atlantic facade and in taking advantage of multimodality from the Atlantic Corridor.


Inland waterway transportation, often only viewed from the passenger’s perspective, is also expected to play an important role in freight transportation, taking advantage of existing waterways.


TIS has participated in numerous projects related to maritime and inland waterway transportation, both at a national and international level, in the consultancy and research fields for the European Commission and for industry agencies.


In recent years, we have collaborated in the development of a large part of the Strategic Plans of the Portuguese ports and maritime terminals, having also accompanied the development of European policies and the consolidation of the national and TEN-T strategic corridors.

Maritime and River Transport


Strategic level
  • Strategic plans for ports and port terminals
  • European policy analysis
  • Strategic regional and logistics platforms studies
  • Passenger rights


Tactical level
  • Integration of the national strategic corridors and those associated with TEN-T
  • Demand studies for cargo and passenger terminals
  • Logistic and modal integration solutions
  • Analysis on the offer of RO-RO and TMCD lines
  • Impact assessment and due diligence studies
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Support for the preparation of applications for European funds


Operational Level
  • Studies on information systems
  • Internal terminal design
  • Maritime safety


  • 2015/2026 Strategic Plan of the Ports of Leixões, Viana do Castelo and the waterways of the Douro river
  • Strategic Plan for the Administration of the Ports of Sines and the Algarve
  • EUROPORT - Optimising intermodal transportation in European ports
  • Market study on the movement of cruise ships and the evaluation of the economic and financial feasibility of investments in the Port of Portimão
  • Preliminary Study of the River Link to the Complementary Airport of Montijo
  • Preparation of a study on the movement of goods in the port of Sines and on the economic and financial feasibility of the construction of a new railway access to Spain
  • Future solution of SafeSeaNet as a tool to support CISE (Common Information Sharing Environment for the Maritime Domain) and other communities
  • Benefit analysis of the AIS (Automatic Identification System) European system
  • Cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of the STCW information system
  • Requirements for an information system for the port of Guinea Bissau
  • Traffic Study for the New Cruise Terminal of Lisbon
  • Ex-ante evaluation on the development of the single logistics window in the Iberian context

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