The port of Tangier Med continues to attract international attention

Its record growth exceeded expectations in 2023, placing it ahead of ports such as New York and Hamburg 
Vista general del puerto de contenedores de Tánger-Med en Ksar Sghir, cerca de la ciudad costera de Tánger - REUTERS/YOUSSEF BOUDDAL
General view of the Tangier-Med container port at Ksar Sghir, near the coastal city of Tangier - REUTERS/YOUSSEF BOUDDAL

The Moroccan port of Tangier Med continues to attract international media attention, reinforcing its position as a key player in global trade and investment. The location of the port, situated in a key geopolitical position in Morocco, serves as a vital link between Europe and Africa.  

The French daily Le Monde has highlighted the momentum of the Moroccan port and its achievements over the last year. "Tangier Med exceeded eight million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) for the first time, ranking 19th among the world's container ports, according to the annual ranking of the French company Alphaliner," Le Monde highlighted. 

The Gallic newspaper recalled that the port achieved one of the best growth rates among the top 20 in the world, with an increase of 13.4% over 2022. It also pointed out that this momentum comes in an era dominated by Chinese ports such as Shanghai, which recorded 50 million TEUs last year.  

By doubling its traffic in five years, the port is competing with various centres around the world, including Long Beach, Laem Chabang and Kaohsiung. 

Vista general de Tánger-Med <strong>- PHOTO/ATALAYAR</strong>
General view of Tangier-Med - PHOTO/ATALAYAR

According to a recently published ranking by Alphaliner, a leading global provider of maritime industry analysis, Tangier Med was originally projected to join the top 20 in 2027. However, the Moroccan port surpassed expectations in 2023, ranking ahead of New York and Hamburg.  

On the other hand, in 2022, Price Economies ranked Tanger Med as the third most efficient container port in the world and the first in Africa and the Arab world.  

Puerto de Tánger Med, Marruecos - PHOTO/ATALAYAR
Port of Tangier Med, Morocco - PHOTO/ATALAYAR

According to the Tangier Med Port Authority, the port complex processed 8,617,410 twenty-foot containers (TC) in 2023 alone, an increase of 13.4% over the previous year.   

This increase is due to the remarkable performance of containers at terminals 1 and 4, operated by Maersk-APM, and the container at terminal 3, operated by Tanger Alliance, a joint venture owned by Marsa Maroc (50%), with partners Eurogate (40%) and Hapag Lloyd (10%).