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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Nador port

Port of Nador

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Nador port in Morocco


The Port of Nador is located in the Rif region and is a busy shipping hub in Morocco. It is operated by the regional SODEP and is classified as a semi-artificial lagoon. The port operates out of the Bou Areg Lagoon in Beni Nsar and Aït Nsar. The port neighbours the Spanish enclave of Melilla and shares a large volume of trade with the harbour located there. Both harbours are interconnected and share many facilities with Nador Port occupying 30% of the harbour area.

The harbour handles busy ferry services that run throughout the year. Some ro-ro operators ply to and from international ports mainly in Spain and France. The major passenger routes are the Almeria and Motril ferry services. The port has a 600-meter dock for passenger vessels and an average port anchorage depth of 13 meters.

The port also deals in general cargo, dry bulk, and fish exports. Terminal 2 operated by Marsa Maroc services bulk vessels. The major goods passing through here are ores and billet imports that are used by the SONASID steel mill. Nador Port also has facilities to store hydrocarbons and has a dedicated 100-meter-long pier for handling such vessels. Lastly, the harbour includes a fish port that exports local produce.

The port is well connected by road and rail to major cities in Morocco and is linked to several international destinations by ferry services. The main ferry operators include Trasmediterranea, Ferri Maroc, Grandi Navi Veloci, Balearia, and Africa Morocco Link. The rail services from Nador are run by the Moroccan national railway operator – ONCF. There are regular services to other major ports in Morocco including Tanger and Casablanca. The port is also close to the Nador International Airport and the Spanish Melilla Airport.

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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