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Safi port

Port of Safi

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Safi port in Morocco

Overview​

The Port of Safi is located in Western Morocco and is a major commercial harbour in the country. The port has had a rich history of maritime trade and naval battles during the 20th century. From the 12th century, the Safi Port has been a major trading harbour due to its proximity to Marrakesh (a major city and the erstwhile capital of Morocco). Today, it is the premier fishing port in Morocco that exports world-class sardine across the globe. Besides fish, the port also deals in exporting chemicals and textiles.

Situated just over 100 kilometres from the Jorf Lasfar Port and within 6 hours’ reach from Port Agadir, Safi is one of the safest ports in Morocco since it is protected from storms by cliffs. The port is linked to National Road #1 on the Casablanca-Agadir and Marrakesh-Safi routes. The railway service is provided by ONCF on the Safi_Benguerir Lasfar Line.

The port boasts nearly 2.3 kilometres of berthing docks, a shallow craft berthing depth of 5 meters, and a deep vessel anchorage depth of 12 meters. Spread over 54 hectares, a major non-fish export from Safi is Phosphates sourced from nearby Youssoufia. Coupled with other chemical exports, they are handled at a dedicated chemicals wharf. The port is divided into the North and Shore Wharfs.

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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