Tanger Med, Morocco (PortSEurope) January 26, 2021 – Tanger Med Port Authority (TMPA) has reported that overall tonnage handled in 2020 was 81 million tons of cargo, up +23% on 2019. The port handles nearly 47% of the total port tonnage of Morocco. Container traffic was 5,771,221 TEU, an increase of +20% compared to 2019. TMPA says this confirms the port’s position as a leading
port and the first container port in the Mediterranean. Liquid bulk traffic was up by +26% compared to 2019. Recorded traffic wass 7,968,485 tons of processed hydrocarbons, mainly due to the bunkering of ships transiting the Strait of Gibraltar, with a corresponding traffic of nearly 1.6 million tons. Solid bulk traffic was 303,705 tons, up 18% compared to last year, led by steel coils, wind turbine blades and grain traffics. Tanger Med port closed the year with traffic similar to 2019, i.e. 357,331 trucks processed mainly driven by the agri-business products. 358,175 new vehicles were handled in the two vehicle terminals of Tanger Med port in 2020, down by 28%. The reduction is due to the drop in vehicle sales in Europe and the slowdown in automobile production by Renault and PSA caused by the COVID 19 crisis during the period March and May. Passenger activity was suspended in March 2020 due to the closure of borders as result of the health crisis. The activity resumed slightly in June 2020 in strict compliance with health measures. 701,599 passengers passed through Tanger Med port in 2020, in decrease of 75% compared to 2019. In 2020, 9,702 ships called at Tanger Med port, a drop of 32% compared to 2019 due to the decrease in sea calls of passengers and Ro-Ro ships. However, 4,306 merchant vessels called at Tanger Med in 2020, indicating a growth of 10% compared to 2019. Similarly, 916 mega ships (+290 m) called at Tanger Med, up by + 14% compared to 2019. Earlier this month, the arrival of the first vessel marked the start of commercial operations at TC3 at the Complex of Tanger Med Port. The first ULCS (Ultra Large Container ship) vessel arrives after 18 months of construction and an investment of €175m ($212.35 million). In accordance with the concession agreement signed with Tanger Med 2 (TM2), Tanger Alliance was responsible for the overall construction of TC3’s superstructure and equipment, human resources, and all other necessary works to ensure the success of TC3’s operational launch. The terminal operates an area of 360,000 m², an 800m quay length, with 18m water depth. Equipment-wise, the terminal has 8 ship-to-shore cranes (STS) 25 rows across, enabling it to handle the world’s largest container ships, with a container storage yard equipped with 22 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTG) and 40 terminal trucks. Upon full commissioning, the terminal will have the capacity to handle 1.5 million TEU. Tanger Alliance is owned by Marsa Maroc, Contship Italia, Eurogate International and Hapag-Lloyd. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.