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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Agadir port

Port of Agadir

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Agadir port in Morocco

Overview​

Situated in central Morocco and near the Souss River, Agadir Port is an important trade harbour in Morocco. It has led to the development of the Souss-Massa regions and has resulted in the growth of local industries. A major activity of the port is agricultural exports which are sourced from the port hinterlands. It is well connected by road via the Marrakesh-Agadir motorway and the N1 and N40 national roads.

In operation since the early 17th century, the port’s initial shipments mainly included trade in sugar, weapons, and textiles with Europe. France, England, and the Netherlands had a majority share of the trade passing through Agadir. Following an earthquake in the 18th century, the port was closed and Essaouira Harbour took on great importance.

Later on, the port was again opened for military expeditions and has been operational since. The modern-day commercial port was built in 1950 and supported the growth of the local agricultural, mining, and fishing industries. The earthquake of 1960 destroyed most of the facilities at the harbour and forced the authorities to rebuild most of the region. The port of Agadir is used today for mining exports, fishing, and tourism. Agadir is a port frequented by tourists visiting the famed Moroccan beaches.

The Container terminal

The container terminal is a new facility that became operational in June 2021, inaugurated by DP World and the Somali government. The terminal is being developed in phases and after the completion of the first phase, it has an annual container handling capacity of 500,000 TEUs which would rise to 2 million TEUs after the second phase is completed.

This container terminal has a draft of 17 m, a 400 m long quay, a modern container yard and eight rubber-tyred gantries and three ship-to-shore gantry cranes, capable of handling the biggest container vessels. A One-Stop service centre is also being constructed.

Financed by DP World, this port development project aims to transform Berbera into a major maritime trade hub of the region and a crucial logistics provider. A Free Economic Zone is also being developed to attract private investments and create employment opportunities.

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