Morocco: Marhaba 2021 Operation - Increase in Capacity of Maritime Lines Towards Moroccan Ports (Ministry)

Rabat — In accordance with the Very High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, aiming at ensuring the return in the best conditions of the Moroccan community abroad, the Directorate of Merchant Navy, under the ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, has taken numerous steps with the transport companies operating on the maritime lines with Europe, with the purpose of increasing the capacity of the offer, diversifying the ports of embarkation and practicing reasonable prices for the passengers.

To this end, the reference prices of round-trip tickets, with car, have been reduced to 995 Euros for a family of 4 people for long-haul routes and 450 Euros for medium-haul routes, said the ministry in a statement, noting that these modalities will be detailed and made known to the public shortly.

In the same context, discussions are underway with the Portuguese authorities with the aim of making the port of Portimao in Portugal a port of embarkation, by opening new shipping lines from this port to the port of Tangier Med, the same source added.

These lines will be added to those of France and Italy already scheduled for this year, with an initial capacity of 20,000 passengers and 5,000 vehicles per week, as well as the mobilization of an additional ship on the lines Marseille - Tangier Med and Genoa - Tangier Med, with a capacity of 4,000 passengers and 1,000 vehicles per week. Thus, the total capacity will be about 48,000 passengers and more than 15,000 vehicles per week, which will cover the planned transit phase, from June 15 to September 15, 2021, with about 650,000 passengers and 180,000 vehicles.

In addition, the Directorate of Merchant navy will continue its contacts with shipping companies to encourage them to increase the number of rotations and thus increase the capacity of transit, to meet demand during this period, taking into account the technical and procedural provisions of ports and vessels, the statement concluded.

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