Tangier (Tanger) is a major port city in northwestern Morocco (North Africa) located at the entrance to Gibraltar Strait where Mediterranean Sea meets Atlantic Ocean. Tangier is the capital of Morocco's region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima and also of the prefecture Tangier-Assilah. Citi's population is around 950,000, ranking it country's 3rd largest - after Casablanca (capital of Casablanca-Settat) and Fez (capital of Fes-Meknes).
Town's history started as early as 5th century BC as a Berber settlement (North African indigenous people). It was later developed as Phoenician trade port, Soon after WW1 (1914-1918), in 1923 the city received an international status and became a popular tourism destination for wealthy Europeans and North Americans.
The modern city is famous for the numerous large tourism and business development projects - including the new Tangier City Center district, new terminal at Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport, new football stadium (45,000 seats), new Tanger-Med seaport, renovated tourist infrastructure. As economy impact, the city is Morocco's second largest (after Casablanca) with its largest industries being textiles, chemicals, mechanics, metallurgy, maritime (including naval), agriculture (mainly cereal), tourism (seaside resorts). Tangier has four industrial parks, two of which are free economic zones part of Tangier Exportation Free Zone (total area 3,45 km2).
Tanger-Med Port is Africa's largest seaport and logistics hub. It is located on Gibraltar Strait (just 15 km / 10 ml from Europe) and interlinked with over 180 international seaports. Port's annual shipping volumes include 8 million TEUs (containers carried on large boxships), around 2 million vehicles (export), ferries with handled over 7 million passengers and 700,000 trucks (trailers), around 10 million metric tons oil products.
Tanger Med Port was developed to serve Morocco's exports. The project resulted in creating new local jobs and significant foreign investments in industrial and commercial free zones managed by renown port operators. Port's largest businesses (as annual tonnage) are transshipments of TEU containers and cereals.
The seaport is managed by the private company TMSA (Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency) under an agreement with Morocco's Government. Port Tanger expansion project (budgeted USD 180 million) was signed in October 2008. It included as Phase 1 building a second port (Tangier Med 2) to serve the increased container shipping. "Tangier Med 2" was officially approved in January 2009, and construction works started on June 17. In November 2010, EIB (European Investment Bank) loaned EUR 200 million for the Tangier Med 2 project.
In 2012 were inaugurated new port facilities, including two container terminals with total quay length 2,8 km (1,7 ml) adding 5 million TEU capacity (to a total of 8 million TEUs). The project was completed in 2018, making Tanger Med Port the largest cargo port in the Mediterranean.
The seaport serves 750+ companies specializing in industries like automotive, logistics, trade. container shipping. Among the largest companies are Bosch, Siemens, Daher, Huawei, 3M, Decathlon, Adidas, Furukawa Electric, Renault Nissan, Fiat, Delphi Auto, Sogefi, Magnetti, Denso, Yazaki, Valeo.
In early-November 2018, Kalmar subsidiary of the Finland-based Cargotec) signed a deal to deliver 2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes to EUROGATE (Europe's largest independent container terminal operator) for EUROGATE Tanger container terminal.
- EUROGATE terminal has quay length 812 m, land area 400,000 m2 and water depth (max draft) 18 m.
- The new Kalmar cranes were scheduled for delivery in 2019-Q3. These cranes are 7+1 rows wide and 1-over-5 high, with lifting capacity 50 tons.
- The equipment features two innovative Kalmar solutions. SmartRail is an automated steering system with position indication, that controls crane's steering and exchanges TEU coordinates with the terminal. SmartFleet is a process automation technology that reduces downtime via remote monitoring and reporting.
Tangier cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Port Tangier dock at dedicated passenger terminal (serving mainly ferries connecting to France, Spain and Italy). The facility is located less than 1 km (0,5 ml) downtown Tanger. Shuttle bus service and taxis at the terminal are also available.
Via daily and weekly crossings, ferries connect Tanger with Spain (Tarifa, Algeciras, Malaga, Barcelona), France (Sete) and Italy (Genoa, Savona). The ferry companies serving these routes include Grimaldi Lines, GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci), Balearia, Trasmediterranea, FRS, Inter Shipping, AML.
- Tangier to Tarifa (FRS, Inter Shipping) total 14 daily crossings, travel time 1 hour
- Tangier to Algeciras (Balearia, Trasmediterranea, FRS, Inter Shipping, AML) total 49 daily crossings, travel time 1-1,5 hours
- Tangier to Malaga (Balearia) - 1 weekly crossing, travel time 5 hours
- Tangier to Barcelona (GNV, Grimaldi) - total 3 weekly crossings, travel time 27-32 hours
- Tangier to Genoa (GNV) - 2 weekly crossings, travel time 48,5 hours
- Tangier to Sete (GNV) - 2 weekly crossings, travel time 32 hours
- Tangier to Savona (Grimaldi) - 1 weekly crossing, travel time 51 hours
Port Tangier cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Tangier, Morocco. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|2 November, 2018|
|2 November, 2018|
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|10 November, 2018|
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|14 November, 2018|
|18 November, 2018|
|Saga Pearl II||08:00||17:00|
|21 November, 2018|
The Tangier cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Tangier, Morocco.
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