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MOROCCO A MARITIME NATION
       

* A STRATEGIC GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION
MOROCCO, AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE MAJOR SEAWAYS

With its 3500 km of coasts, its 1.2 million sq km of coastal areas and its frontage on the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, the Kingdom of Morocco is a seafaring country par excellence.
Located in the northwest of the African continent, Morocco is bordered on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the south by Mauritania, on the east by Algeria and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
Morocco is a neighbour to Europe separated from Spain by only about 7 nautical miles across the Straits of Gibraltar.

* THE STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR, AN ESSENTIAL WATERWAY

It is the second most used sea route, after the Straits of Malacca. Located to the north of Morocco, it is the only sea passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Every day it is crossed by around 300 merchant ships, 500 000 tonnes of oil and a large number of passenger ships.






* THE SEA, A LEVER FOR DEVELOPMENT
THE DYNAMIC COMMERCIAL PORTS

The Moroccan commercial ports, numbering 13 and spread over the two coasts of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, generate annual traffic of 43.10 million tonnes of imports and 26.12 million tonnes of exports;

Major passenger traffic of 3.09 million people travelling through the Moroccan ports annually;

• Ports with diversified terminals using modern technology in the service of performance (Ro- Ro, oil tankers, containers, conventional and bulk) and with an organization and know-how in phase with the port activities;
• Morocco is an actor in the world trade network :
Over 95% of Morocco’s trade is carried out by the seaways.

The Moroccan flag encompasses a diversified and specialised fleet with 15 passenger ships, 15 cargo ships and more than forty service ships with a capacity of more than 100;



 

 


* TANGIER MED PORT : 
 AT THE HEART OF WORLD MARITIME TRAFFIC       

The Tangier Med complex, operational since July 2007, responds to the willingness of Morocco to build on the south shore of the straits of Gibraltar a leading industrial and logistics platform as part of the world trade network.

With a capacity of 3 million containers, which will be increased to 8 million by 2016, this deep water port is designed to accommodate the latest generation of container ships, making it possible to serve the global activity of transhipment and receive the traffic connected with import-export activities.

Its exceptional geographical location, at the meeting point of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, provides direct access to the major East-West sea routes with “zero deviation”. Combined with the minimal distance point between Africa and Europe (14 km), the Tangier Med port has become a sea bridge between the two continents.

In   2010,  the  Tangier  Med  port  complex,  which aims to become the largest transhipment platform in the Mediterranean, handled overall traffic of 23 million tonnes, with over 2 million TEUs handled.

* RECONVERSION OF THE PORT OF TANgIER CITY:
THE CITY`S RELOOKING

As part of the new face of Tangier, the port willl redesigned as a space for the welcoming of cruisers and pleasure boats, openas well to the city and to its cultural heritage and tourist potential.

* MARITIME SECURITY AND SAFETY: A CONTINUOUS CONCERN
THE VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE (VTS) OF TANGIER, SERVING OF SAFE NAVIGATION

The  VTS, which  overlooks the  Straits of Gibraltar, was  launched  on  December 1st, 2010 at  00h00 GMT is recognized by the International Maritime Organization as Vessel Traffic Service (VTS), pursuant to Resolution MSC.300 (87) taken by this Institution.  The  VTS  of  Tangier  was  assigned  the mission of ensuring in an area known for the density of  maritime  traffic,  identification,  monitoring  of shipping in the Atlantic-Mediterranean direction of the maritime traffic separation scheme in the Straits of Gibraltar.


Morocco has developed a system for research and              from other entities. (21 high-speed rescue
rescue of human lives at sea in compliance with the              motorboats and 11 semi-rigid boats)
International SAR Convention of 1979.                                    in the Northwest African Region.
The coordination of SAR operations is ensured by
the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Rabat
which mobilize when needed, air and naval assets

Following the example of great maritime nations, the  Kingdom  of  Morocco  has,  for  a  very  long time  developed  a  highly  qualifying  training policy, to support the development of maritime training institutions as well as quality vocational entities in compliance with the STCW and STCW-F international conventions.

The national action plan for the improvement of skills and the attractiveness of the seafaring coincides with the objectives of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) relating to the promotion of maritime work and the safety of seafarers.

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