The Tanger Med Port Complex handled over 7 million TEU in 2021, up 24% compared to the previous year.
Overall, the port handled a total of 7,173,870 TEU in 2021.
The commissioning of the TC4 terminal in 2019 and TC3 terminal in 2021 is said to have had a large hand in ramping up container handling at the port.
“This confirms the leadership of Tanger Med in the Mediterranean and Africa and consolidates the position of this major hub for global maritime alliances led respectively by Maersk Line, CMA CGM, and Hapag-Lloyd,” said the Tanger Med Port Authority in a statement.
The port has also witnessed a large increase in maritime traffic as 10,902 vessels called at Tanger Med in 2021, up 12% from 2020. This includes 929 mega-ships.
“These performances accomplished during 2021 affirm the position of the port complex as a major strategic hub but also its key role as a privileged logistics platform serving the national logistic competitiveness,” continued the port authority.
“The achievements are the result of the continued collaboration of all the partners of Tanger Med port complex. Particularly ship-owners, concessionaires, local authorities, and administrations.”
Tanger Med, Hapag-Lloyd, and Anglo-Eastern Ship Management also succeeded in enabling the world’s first digitally controlled port arrival in 2021.
This was conducted within the framework of a partnership previously announced between Tanger Med Port Authority and Wärtsilä Voyage which aimed at digitalising maritime port calls.
The ‘Kobe Express’, a container ship owned by Hapag-Lloyd and managed by Anglo Eastern, docked safely and on-time at Tanger Med port in Morocco on 25 June using the Wärtsilä Navi-Port system.