Tangier, Morocco (PortSEurope) January 12, 2018 – The port of Tanger Med recorded an increase in the various indicators of port activity during 2017, processing 51,328,150 tons of goods, a 15% increase compared to 2016.
The port complex, which ends the year 2017 with direct sea connections to 174 ports and 74 countries on five continents, exceeds for the first time the threshold of 50 million tonnes annually, says a statement from the port authority of Tangier Med (TMPA) on the balance sheet of the 2017 activity.
In addition, Tanger Med handled a global volume of MAD 88 billion (€7.8 billion) of Moroccan products exported, confirming its position as the first port port of export in Morocco.
The number of containers handled on both terminals TC1 and TC2 in 2017 was 3,312,409 TEU, up 12% from a year earlier, the same source notes, adding that the corresponding tonnage was up 19%. increasing from 31,487,951 tons to 37,404,379 tons.
This evolution is particularly related to the evolution of volumes from/to Africa to which Tanger Med is connected by weekly services to 37 ports, said the statement, stating that 35% of container traffic is with Africa, 23% with Asia, 25% with Europe and 8% transatlantic. With regard to passenger and ro-ro traffic, Tanger Med passengers port reached a traffic of 2,829,062 passengers with a growth of 3%, while the TIR traffic increased by 9% in TIR units and by 14% in weight, with 286,538 TIR units in 2017, corresponding to 7,081,010 tons.
This trend is mainly due to growth of more than 10% of industrial exports and more than 11% of agro-food, reveals the balance sheet, noting that the port deals with almost 97% of ro-ro flows of TIR trucks and 50% terrestrial flows of Moroccans around the world.
On the other hand, the hydrocarbon traffic at Tanger Med port also grew by around 1% compared to 2016, for a total of 6,032,076 tonnes of oil treated. Imports and cabotage went from 2.271.705 tonnes in 2016 to 2.494.257 tonnes in 2017, up 9.7%.
Vehicle traffic at the Renault terminal increased by 16% compared to 2016, with some 361,920 vehicles handled at the terminal.
The transhipment of vehicles was 64,654 in 2017; a total of 430,358 vehicles were handled on both aircraft terminals.
As regards maritime traffic, Tanger Med recorded an increase in the number of container ship stops in 2017, with some 13,502 vessels having docked at the Tanger Med.
In particular, mega-ships stops (vessels of more than 299m) are up 17% and belonging to the major shipping companies worldwide. These Mega-ships have contributed significantly to the concomitant increase in the flow of containerized traffic and the decrease in the number of overall ship calls.
Source: Le Matin
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