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Morocco launches fishing port, marina in Tangier

Tangier, Morocco (PortSEurope) June 14, 2018 – One of the last parts of the redevelopment programme for the Tangier city port area has just come into operation. These are the fishing port and marina, inaugurated on June 14 by the Moroccan government. They form the maritime part of the reconstruction of the port perimeter of Tangier, a project of more than MAD 6 billion ($632 million/€541 million euro).

The first is the marina. Called Tanja Marina Bay, it is the result of an investment of MAD 635 million ($66.8 million/€57.3 million euro) with high-class infrastructure for the reception of pleasure boats. It has 800 rings to which 600 others will be added. This marina is also equipped with food and entertainment areas and a covered parking with a capacity of 435 seats, a nautical club in addition to other equipment and services dedicated to boaters.

The fishing port of the city of Tangier, adjoining that of yachting, is also now operational. This complex required an investment of more than MAD 1.19 billion ($125.3 million/€107.4 million euro) to enable the fishing professionals of the city to have modern facilities. It includes 1,167 linear metres of protective structures and 2,537 linear metres of berthing and wharfage piers.

The centrepiece of the port is the fish market of the coastal and offshore fisheries. Located in the heart of the harbour, this hall, built on a plot of nearly 5,000 square metres, has a refrigerated exhibition and sales area, reception and shipping lockers as well as cold rooms and a veterinary office.

The launch of the fishing port became a necessity, given the narrowness of the old one. It was also necessary to move the fishermen to complete the work of the marina. These two projects are part of the ambitious programme of reconversion of the Tangier city port area. There is a cable car that will connect the city to the port, an example of non-polluting transport, the first of its kind in Africa.

Source: L’Economiste

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