Casablanca, Morocco (PortSEurope) July 22, 2019 – Morocco’s Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP – National Ports Agency) is continuing a project to develop Laayoune port with new infrastructure and superstructures invest in a ship repair facility.
The port has just been equipped with a new generation belt hoist with a capacity of 250 tons for an amount of MAD 8 million and this in the framework of the strategy of ANP aiming at the promotion and encouragement of private investment in the port sector including portinfrastructure.
The concession at Laayoune port is operated by the local Atelier Naval de Sud and is for the development, equipment and operation of the shipyard. It is part of the Master Plan for the development of port infrastructures dedicated to the naval industry by 2030, announced in 2016 by the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics including the axis related to the upgrade of existing infrastructure.
ANP aims to develop the ports of the southern region with a naval infrastructure to international standards. This new facility is just a series of a whole new program of new shipyards (Ras Kabdena, Safi, Essaouia and Sidi Ifni).
The new equipment will allow the port of Laayoune to adapt to the increase in traffic forecast in the region, with the hinterland undergoing significant economic development due to fishing, on the one hand, and the renewable energy development program, on the other hand, with the creation of industrial power generation units (wind and solar).
The 2030 Harbour Strategy provides for additional adaptations to the existing docks in order to have a linear straight line without obstacles, such as the removal of the old dyke located in the middle of the basin and the displacement of the Ro-Ro ramp.
Laayoune is the largest city of the disputed territory of Western Sahara and administered by Morocco. It is less than 300 km from the Spanish Canary Islands which is trying to establish itself as a hub for businesses looking to expand into Europe and Africa from the Americas.
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