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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Tan Tan port

Port of Tan Tan

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Tan Tan port in Morocco


The Port of Tan Tan is one of the Southernmost ports in undisputed Morocco and is a small harbour based in El Ouatia. Located close to the Tan Tan Plage Blanche Airport, the harbour is also connected to the main National Highway N1.

The primary activity here is coastal fishing and the produce is sent to neighbouring countries and other Moroccan ports to supplement their international exports. Besides fishing, oil tankers frequent this port although pilotage is required during the low tide, and berthing is prohibited at night.

Considered to be a mostly regional harbour, Tan Tan has excellent facilities to handle fishing and oil shipments but is ill-equipped to handle other goods. Over time, considerable investment has been pumped in to improve the dock and breakwater facilities.

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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