Posted by: Morocco World News
According to Le Point Afrique, Tangier Port is the 1st in Africa, a testament to its role as the gateway to Africa.
The Moroccan port is ahead of Port Said in Egypt and the port of Durban in South Africa and the 45th in the world.
According to online news outlet Le Point Afrique, Tangier “competes today with the largest port infrastructures in the world.”
The business news outlet also said that out of 500 ports audited, the only other African ports among the world’s top container ports are the Nigerian port of Lagos and Mombasa in Kenya.
The port has a capacity of 3 million containers. In 2017, the port handled a volume of 3,312,409 containers.
The outlet also evaluated the number of containers the port received in the first half of 2018 and claimed that Tangier’s activity this year represents “another sign of good health.”
According to the outlet, Tangier’s two container terminals handled 1,668,566 containers in the first six months of 2018. The latest statistics from the port show that Morocco’sTanger Med Port traffic increased by 7 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.
Le Point Afrique also underscored Tangier Med Port’s strategic location, which is 40 kilometers from Tangier and sits directly on the Strait of Gibraltar.
The port connects with 174 ports across the globe every week.
The outlet also recalled that each year the port exports 1 million vehicles, 7 million passengers, and 700,000 trucks.
The African outlet emphasized that the port should keep its African leadership “in the years to come.”
According to the port’s statement shared in July, 252,194 cars were handled in both terminals during the first six months of 2018, representing an increase of 18 percent compared to the first half of 2017.
The Renault terminal processed 204,244 vehicles, of which 160,757 were for export. The Common User Terminal recorded a total of 47,950 vehicles for the first half of 2018.