“Although the official opening ceremony of Eurogate Tanger will not be until spring next year, we will be fully operational by the end of this year. We are now starting to handle ocean carriers and will soon increase the number of services”, said Domenico Bagalà, president of Eurogate Tanger.
The terminal currently has 450 m of quayside and five container gantry cranes. By the end of the year, the quay length will be extended to 810 m, and a further three container gantry cranes are on order for delivery in January.
The arrival of La Traviata marked the official start of CMA CGM’s activities at the Tanger Med I container terminal, where the group holds a 40% share, including 20% through its Moroccan subsidiary COMANAV. With its 800 m quays, eight cranes and 21 RTGs, the terminal will soon offer an annual capacity of 1.3m teu. Its 18 m depth will allow the berthing of container ships exceeding 12,000 teu ordered by CMA CGM.
The FAL1 service will have a weekly stop at Tangier on the route between Asia and Europe, and will offer new transhipment opportunities between Asia and West Africa, thanks to direct connections on two new DELMAS services linking Tangier and major West African ports, Battuta 1 and 2. A dedicated feeder network will service the Moroccan and Portuguese markets.
This new offer complements the three direct services CMA CGM Group already operates between Asia and West Africa – WAX (Asia/Sri Lanka/West Africa), ASAF (Asia/Indian Ocean/Africa) and AFEX (Asia/Indian Ocean/Africa).