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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Casablanca port

Port of Casablanca

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Casablanca port in Morocco

Overview​

The Casablanca Harbour Complex is an artificial seaport and the largest port in Morocco (based on area). Ranked behind Tanger Med Port in terms of annual cargo and container tonnage, the harbour handles around 38% of maritime traffic through the country. Spread over a vast expanse of 605 hectares, the port front stretches for 8 kilometres and can simultaneously berth nearly 40 vessels. The average cargo handling tonnage of Casablanca is 21.3 million tons.

Currently operated by Marsa Maroc, it is divided into a commercial port, a fish port, a marina, and a shipyard. As one of the largest cities in Morocco, Casablanca is connected to the ONCF rail system and the major metro cities. The port is at the centre of a protracted expansion project to keep the facilities up to the required standards. With traffic on the rise, the port has seen many additions since it became the first port of the 19th-century Moroccan kingdom. From the addition of jetties and piers for recreational boating to the commissioning of the Tarik and Est container terminals, the harbour has been a hive of activities aimed at revamping and renovating the port.

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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