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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Tanger Med port

Port of Tanger Med

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Tanger Med port in Morocco


The Port of Tanger Med (aka Tangier Med) is the largest in Africa by cargo capacity and is one of the top harbours of Morocco. Run by the Tanger Med Port Authority, it is the largest Mediterranean port on the Moroccan coastline. It has been operational since 2007 and has achieved record container and cargo shipments in a short period. The original facilities were built to handle a capacity of 3.5 million TEUs but a recent development project has increased that to a maximum of 9 million TEUs.

Based out of Northern Morocco, the port is in a prime location to carry out trade with Europe. This was laid down as a proposal in a free trade agreement signed between Morocco and the EU in 2012. The port’s proximity to the Straits of Gibraltar allows it access to major shipping hubs. It offers many incentives to private firms that set up operations out of the port’s logistics hub and freeport zone. An interesting feature of Tanger Med is that it is currently building a hub that will make it the only port in North-Western Africa that runs a facility for the transhipment of cereal. The harbour also stores over 10 million tons of oil annually.

Terminal 1 of the harbour has a 3.5 million TEU capacity and operates 1.6 kilometres of container docks. The average anchorage depth is 17 meters for this terminal and it sits on 140 hectares of land. The passenger terminal spans 2.5 kilometres and operates out of 8 berths. The average water depth is 10 meters and this facility spreads across 35 hectares of land. Terminal 2 has a capacity of 5.5 million TEUs and spans 2.8 kilometres in length for container facilities. An area of 160 hectares is set aside for this terminal and it includes oil stations for refuelling.

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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