Tanger Med achieves record throughput of more than 7m teu in 2021

Tanger Med achieves record throughput of more than 7m teu in 2021
Tanger Med port complex

The Tanger Med port complex saw container volumes soar 24% year-on-year in 2021, totalling just under 7.2m teu.

The traffic was achieved from the steady ramp-up of Tanger Med 2 after the successive commissioning of the terminals TC4 in 2019 and TC3 in 2021.

Tanger Med handled over 101m tonnes of goods for the first time in 2021, up 25% compared to 2020, with the tonnage handled by the port complex representing more than 50% of the overall tonnage handled by all Moroccan ports.

Roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) traffic was also up 14% as the port complex handled 407,459 trucks, driven by the resumption of industrial exports as well as by the good performance of the agricultural season and agro-industrial exports.

At the two vehicle terminals of Tanger Med, 429,509 new vehicles were handled representing a 20% increase compared to the previous yar.

The traffic mainly includes 278,651 Renault vehicles, including 250,532 for export, and a rise in exports of PSA vehicles to 100,030 cars exported.

Liquid bulk traffic was up by 9%, recording a total traffic of over 8.7m tonne of hydrocarbons handled.

Solid bulk grew by 13% compared to 2020, driven by the traffic of steel coils, wind blades and grane to reach a total of 342,804 tonne processed.

However, passenger traffic remains affected by the ongoing pandemic as it dropped 14% year-on-year. Still, 587,320 passengers crossed Tanger Med port in 2011.

The number of vessels to call at Tanger Med was up 12% from 2020 at 10,902 vessels and, over the past year, the port complex has welcomed nearly 929 mega-ships of over 290 m in size.

Such a good performance in 2021 affirms the port’s position as a major strategic hub for global maritime alliances led by Maersk Line, CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd, respectively.