Container traffic increased by 7% at the Port of Tanger Med in the first half of 2018 as the hub, located by the Strait of Gibraltar, recorded growth in most categories apart from passengers.
The port’s two container terminals, run by Eurogate and APM Terminals, handled 1,668,566 teu in the first six months of the year.
Vehicle traffic was up by 18% with 252,194 vehicles handled. This includes the 204,244 vehicles which were handled at Renault’s terminal, of which 160,757 were destined for export from the Renault Tanger Med factory.
Meanwhile, the Common User Vehicle terminal recorded a total traffic of 47,950 vehicles during the
first half of 2018.
However, downsides came in the form of passenger traffic and hydrocarbons. A total of 733,646 passengers passed through the port during the first half of 2018, a 13% decrease compared to the same period of 2017.
This traffic was impacted by a significant drop in the companies’ transport supply, provided by four foreign operators and one Moroccan firm.
They averaged 17 rotations per day while the Port of Tanger Med can treat up to 50 rotations per day.
Hydrocarbons traffic fell by 15% in the first half of the year with a total of 2,969,946 tonnes of hydrocarbons treated.