Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain (PortSEurope) June 25, 2018 – Maritime group Naviera Armas SA is interested in strengthening links between Moroccan ports and southern Spain via the Canaries archipelago, possibly linking the Moroccan port of Agadir with Cádiz and the Canary Islands. In fact, the acquisition of Trasmediterranea by the Armas group had been authorized by the regulator of the Spanish markets provided that the
new group gives up some routes held by the two owners to avoid a monopoly situation. It is mainly the service linking the south of Spain to Melilla and the connection with the port of Huelva and the Canary Islands archipelago. To overcome these reduced services, the majority shareholder of Trasmediterranea stressed that its Ro-Ro vessel Elizabeth Russ, making the service between the port of Cadiz, Las Palmas and Tenerife could include the port terminal of Agadir on its rotation. The Trasmediterranea group has already stated that a restoration of maritime connections with Morocco is a priority. The establishment of this service is a boon for Canarian operators who are waiting impatiently, if not desperately, the reopening of the port of Tarfaya, in southern Morocco.. The establishment that was to be inaugurated two years ago is still waiting. Canarian traders will find in this new proposal an alternative to boost their trade with Morocco. Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Cádiz (APBC – Port Authority of Cadiz) had already expressed interest in establishing maritime links with Morocco. Source: Les Eco Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2018.
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