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Marsa Maroc looks at port concessions across Africa

Casablanca, Morocco (PortSEurope) November 26, 2018 – Moroccan state-owned port operator Marsa Maroc aims to sign further concessions in Africa in the coming years, in order to expand its business, the president of the company, Mohammed Abdeljalil, said.

Marsa Morocco has a defined five-point strategy: supporting customers in Africa, signing subcontracting contracts for private industrial operators’ docks on the mainland, negotiating new public port concessions in countries with privileged diplomatic relations with Morocco, forming partnerships with existing port operators and, finally, participating in calls for tenders for obtaining new concessions, he noted.

“Our activity is closely linked to the progress of the Moroccan economy and that of its main partners. As a result, growth expectations can be a first barometer of the evolution of our activity. But, indeed, a high degree of uncertainty still characterises the forecasts relating to the port sector in the medium and long term.”

The group also wishes to strengthen its leading position in Morocco. The increase in container traffic has been sustained in recent years. Between 2015 and 2017, it was close to 9% on average. Therefore, the company tried to strengthen its offer in the segment. As a first step, it committed the necessary means to secure new container terminals and then ensure their successful operation, Abdeljalil said.

In the port of Casablanca, which alone accounts for 36% of Morocco’s import and export traffic, Marsa Maroc doubled its capacity to reach 1.3 million TEUs at two terminals. The group also acquired large capacity gantry cranes to handle post-Panamax vessels. In the port of Agadir, the main gateway to southern regions and characterized by the predominance of refrigerated containers, Marsa Maroc can handle up to 400,000 TEUs annually.

Source: Jeune Afrique

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