Marsa Maroc, the national port operator, has finalized a concession agreement with Nador West Med for the East Container Terminal, boasting a capacity of 3.4 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU).

“The Supervisory Board of Marsa Maroc, convening on June 25, 2024, authorized the signing of the concession documents for the East Container Terminal at the port of Nador West Med (NWM), which spans a period of 25 years,” Marsa Maroc announced. This new terminal will feature a 1,520-meter quay, an 18-meter depth, and 70 hectares of yard space. At full capacity, it will handle 3.4 million TEU and will be equipped with 15 state-of-the-art Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 45 Rubber-Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes, the company detailed.

To complete the first phase of the East Container Terminal, expected to be operational by 2027, Marsa Maroc will invest approximately 200 million euros. The operator will leverage its operational expertise and established global commercial partnerships to ensure the terminal’s commercial success.

Since January 2021, Marsa Maroc has made significant strides in the container transshipment market through its operations at the Tanger Med port complex, where it manages Terminal 3 (TC3) in partnership with Hapag Lloyd, Eurogate International GmbH, and Contship Italia S.p.A. The TC3 reached its full capacity of 1.5 million TEU just three years after its launch.

With its strategic move into the NWM port complex, Marsa Maroc solidifies its leadership in the national port market and strengthens its position in the Mediterranean transshipment sector. This expansion boosts its container handling capacity to 6.5 million TEU, with nearly 5 million TEU dedicated to container transshipment.

As the leading national terminal operator, Marsa Maroc manages 24 terminals across 10 ports, handling a total traffic of 57 million tonnes in 2023.

Under its new strategic vision, Marsa Maroc aims to bolster its Mediterranean presence while positioning itself as an integrated international partner in port, maritime, and logistics services. The company’s strong financial foundation supports its ambitious development plans.