Thursday, September 04, 2014

Tanger Med Port Experiences Massive Passenger Numbers

Recently The View from Fez reported on the long delays experienced by passengers travelling between Spain and Morocco from the Tanger Med Port (see story here).  Now the statistics are available and shed light on what is always a seasonal problem at the end of the August holidays

Between the 23rd and 31st of August some 187,500 passengers and 47,200 vehicles embarked at Tanger Med heading to Algeciras.

According to figures released by the Tanger Med Port Authority the peak was recorded on August 29 with the arrival of 32 000 passengers and 153 coaches in a single day.

As we reported, waiting times were up to 12 hours. However, the Authority did act to alleviate the situation and managed to achieve 38 sailings thanks to the arrival of two ships as reinforcements. The fleet plan had not initially included the extra ships which allowed for four additional rotations on the day of the peak.

Total traffic recorded from 05 June to 31 August increased of 17% for passengers and 11% for vehicles as compared to the same period of 2013. Bus traffic has shown a marked increase, growing by 66% over the same period in 2013.

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