Tanger Med 1 has reached a capacity of 3.5 containers last year and braces to hit 9 million container capacity this year after the completion of works of the extension called Tanger Med 2.
The port was ranked 45th globally last year but the new platform will help it rank among the world’s top 20 in terms of container capacity.
The construction works on the Tanger Med 2 began in May 2010. They include 4.8 kilometers of breakwaters, a basin covering an area of 160 hectares and 160 hectares of land entirely reclaimed from the sea.
With a dockside reception capacity of 7 mega-containers carrier, the port will total in the long run 2800 meters of container piers with depths of 18 meters.
The new Tanger Med 2 will have two terminals to be operated by Marsa Morocco and APM TERMINALS.
The port intends to build on its geographic location at a busy maritime route as well as on the infrastructure built in Tangier in the last two decades under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.
Tanger Med 1, operational since 2007, has served as a catalyst for investments in the region as it is surrounded by five free zones.