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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Jorf Lasfer port

Port of Jorf Lasfar

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Jorf Lasfer port in Morocco

Overview​

The Port of Jorf Lasfer is a deep-water harbour located close to Casablanca and El Jadida. Operational since 1982, the port sits on an area of 110 hectares and has a mean berthing depth of 5 – 15.6 meters. The primary shipments through here are fertilizers, chemicals, and petrochemical products. The port is currently managed by Marsa Maroc with investment from foreign firms such as the ABB Group (Swedish-Swiss), CMS Energy (America), IPIC, and the US Trade and Development Agency. The port is connected to the National Highway N1 and lies on the Nouasseur-Jorf Lasfar railway line.

The port facilities extend beyond conventional harbour equipment and provisions. Jorf Lafar boasts of an air quality research lab run by the Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), a $5 billion oil refinery built by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) based out of Abu Dhabi, a desalination plant, fertilizer factories, a thermal power plant, and hydrocarbon depots. The power plant is the largest in the country and was set up jointly by the government, CMS Energy, and ABB. The port also specializes in handling ore shipments and has docks spanning over 2.4 kilometres.

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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