Tangier Port to Become Mediterranean’s Largest

General view of Tanger-Med container port in Ksar Sghir near the coastal city of Tangier

Tangier Port to Become Mediterranean’s Largest

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By Ahmed Eljechtimi and also Ulf Laessing

KSAR SGHIR, Morocco, June 26 (Reuters)– Morocco will certainly open up brand-new terminals at Tanger Med port on Thursday, enabling it to go beyond the Mediterranean’s biggest ports Algeciras and also Valencia in regards to container ability, and also drive even more financial investment and also producing to the nation.

Tanger Med, the most significant port in Africa with a yearly quantity of 3.5 million 20-foot comparable devices (TEU) in 2018, will certainly include 6 million in ability after its expansion worth 1.3 billion euros, port supervisor Rachid Houari stated in a meeting.

Morocco really hopes the port, which supplies a system for exports by regional manufacturing plants of French automobile manufacturers such as Renault SA and also Peugeot SA, will certainly get to quantities of 4.5 million TEU by this year’s end like Algeciras in southerly Spain.

Authorities at the port on the western idea of the Mediterranean, simply throughout from the Spanish shore, wish it can improve its function as a calling factor for container delivery companies, specifically in between Asia, Africa and also Europe.

“I hope we will add one million TEU of containers every year,” statedHouari He decreased to approximate future quantities, claiming just the initial terminal had actually gotten to 3.5 million TEU in simply 6 years.

“Fingers crossed we will fill it up in six years,” he stated.

Some 90% of container quantities travelling through the ports are transiting to various other locations, he stated. The most significant market, with a 40% share, is West Africa, where Moroccan companies have actually greatly increased to in recent times. Some 20% will certainly most likely to Europe and also 10% to the Americas.

Morocco spent 1 billion euros in the very first terminal which has actually produced some 6,000 work at the port and also 70,000 others in a profession area in the location, he stated.

The port has to do with 50 kilometers west of Tangier, the primary city in north Morocco, enabling room for growth.

Tangier additionally has a ferryboat incurable lugging some 40,000 individuals each day in the summer season optimal period as Moroccans living in Europe go across the Mediterranean.

The terminals are run by APM Terminal, and also possessed by Denmark’s Maersk, Germany’s Eurogate and also a regional company. (Editing by Alexandra Hudson and also Richard Chang)

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