Tangier Port Maintains Leadership in Med
18th January 2023
Tangier Port / Tanger Med Port complex handled 107,822,662 tons in 2022, an increase of 6% compared to 2021, thus maintaining its ranking as the busiest port in the Mediterranean. This traffic is expected to represent about 54% of the total port tonnage handled in the Kingdom of Morocco.
Container Traffic on the rise
Excellent productivity levels were achieved over the past year and the record bar of 700,000 TEUs handled per month was surpassed. The Port Complex handled 459,091 trucks in 2022, up 13% from 2021. This good dynamic of the national exports was primarily driven by the industrial and agri-business sectors with respectively growths of 22% and 11%.
478,589 new vehicles were handled at the two vehicle terminals of Tanger Med Port Complex in 2022, up 11% compared to 2021. The traffic mainly consists of 295,393 vehicles for export produced by the Renault plants in Melloussa and SOMACA, and 124,112 vehicles for export produced by the Stellantis (Peugeot) plant in Kénitra.
Liquid bulk traffic grew by 6% compared to 2021. A total of 9,260,711 tons of hydrocarbons were processed. Solid bulk traffic recorded a total of 404,007 tons handled, an 18% increase over last year, largely due to sheet metal coil and grain traffic.
Passenger activity fully resumed in 2022 after the COVID-19-related health restrictions of 2020 and 2021. 2 071 504 passengers have transited through the Port Complex last year. In 2022, a total of 14,404 ships called at Tanger Med Port Complex, an increase of 32% compared to 2021, including 961 mega-ships (over 290 meters).
This growth is mainly due to the increase in productivity of container terminals for the reception and processing of mega-ships, as well as the resumption of crossings for passenger traffic especially during the Marhaba 2022 campaign. The performances achieved in 2022 are the result of the commitment and continuous collaboration of all Tanger Med Partners, in particular concessionaires, shipowners, local authorities and administrations.