Tangier-Med port complex consolidates its position in container market in 2010
The Tangier-Med port complex consolidated its position in the container market in 2010, with over 2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) handled, said a statement released Monday by the Tangier Med-Port Auhority.
The complex handled during 2010 a total traffic of 23 million tonnes, i.e. the double of the traffic handled in 2009.
The container business of Tangier-Med, with 2,058,430 TEUs handled in 2010, represents nearly 70% of the national volume, registering a rise of 68.4% compared to 2009.
The port consolidated its liner shipping services and offers 48 regular maritime services (against only 35 in 2009), linking Tangier-Med to 120 international ports, including 37 in Europe, 31 in Asia, 30 in Africa, 16 in South America and 6 in North America.
Some 1,841 container ships docked in Tangier-Med, including 125 "megacarriers" with a larger capacity than 8,000 TEUs.
Import-export traffic increased by 18% compared to 2009, with 54,397 TEUs.
Last year was also marked by the starting up of Tangier-Med Passengers port, which was inaugurated on June 30 by HM King Mohammed VI.
At the end of 2010, 1,156,731 passengers, 384,667 vehicles and 5,010 buses passed through the port.
Source: Maghreb Arab Press