Laayoune port upgrade under study  

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The National Ports Agency in Morocco has launched a study of the opportunities for development of the port of Laayoune.

Laayoune port upgrade under study  

Laayoune port upgrade under study

The study is all about the agency’s objective to develop the port’s activities into better suited activities in accordance with the potential of its physical elements. Consequently, it entails the definition of a development state which analyzes and assesses the impact of the current operating port system on economic operators and the general community in terms of outlay and competitiveness.

The study will identify new business opportunities and new work for the port site, reorganizing the port infrastructure, improving the existing land resources, and converting these opportunities into a practicable concept in maritime and land development in the course of a participatory approach, pragmatic and operational focus.

The study will evaluate the potential of the port activities through the significance of each activity in the international business of the port, the structural restrictions of each activity, difficulties, and incompatibilities between activities.

This port is the main port of the large southern region, whose trade amounts to about 5 million tonnes yearly which primarily accounts to hydrocarbon, imports and exports of phosphate and sand.

The ports of Laayoune and Dakhla are the groundwork of the commercial port traffic of the large southern region. Eighty nine per cent of the commercial passage is shouldered by the port of Laayoune port.

For the past three years, the port has seen the achievement of protection works to strengthen the stability of the harbor against unfavorable climatic conditions in the South Atlantic. The works entail expansion of the road access to the port and the construction of a guard wall designed with tetra pods, to more than DH 32 million.

Mohamed Dekkak

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