Overview of the project
Tangiers-Med port 3
Technical innovation 4
The world's largest ships 5
Harbour engineering 6
Caissons breakwater 6
Birth of a caisson 7
Durable structure 7
Special quarry 8
Facts and figures 8
General view of port 9
Construction of a four-cell caisson 10
The Tangier-Med Project will contain the biggest port in Africa. The project is a strategic priority of the Moroccan government for the economic and social development of the North Morocco region. It is part of the economic policy orienting Morocco towards exports, based on eight clearly identified export sectors, with particular emphasis on the free trade agreement with the EuropeanUnion to be implemented by 2012.
Completion of the «Tangier-Mediterranean» project will have important economic effects in terms of jobs, creation of added value and foreign investment. Its particular position on the Straits of Gibraltar, at the crossing of two major maritime routes, and 15km from the European Union will enable it to serve a market of hundreds of millions of consumers through theindustrial and commercial free zones which will be run by well-known private operators. It will also win part of the strong growth market of container transshipment and become the leading hub for cereal transshipment, a facility which is non-existent in the north-west African region at present.
The project will be implemented, coordinated and managed by TMSA, a private company with publicprerogatives, operating under an agreement with the State and interacting with the different ministries involved.
The port complex will have important economic effects in terms of jobs, creation of added value and foreign investment. In addition to the economic effects of the operation of the port, there will be important effects resulting from its construction, particularly through foreigninvestments, and others from the operation of the free zones (direct and indirect added value, direct gains, jobs and foreign investment).
A draft loan contract of $180 mln to fund the expansion works of Tanger-Med port was signed in October 2008 to for building a second deepwater port, dubbed "Tangier Med II", to meet the growing demand for containers treatment at the international level in sea transport.The new port facilities, scheduled to be operational by the second half of 2012, will include two new container terminals with a total length of 2,800 m and an additional nominal capacity of 5 million containers. Final official approval for "Tangier Med II" was received on 7 January 2009, with actual construction started on 17 June 2009.
The port is expected to reach full capacity by 2015, and tooperate 8 million containers, 7 million passengers, 700,000 trucks, 2 million vehicles, and 10 million MT of oil products.
A new economic hub for Morocco
Through its subsidiaries Bouygues Travaux Publics and Bymaro, in June 2003 Bouygues Construction won a €223 million contract (2.42 billion dirhams) for the design and construction of a new commercial port in Tangiers. Theoperation is being
carried out in conjunction with Saipem (33% share in the consortium) for the Tangiers
Mediterranean Special Agency (TMSA).
Following the international call for tenders issued by TMSA in October 2002, Bouygues Construction was appointed to build the breakwaters, dredge the seafloor and reclaim land for the logistics area of the future port at the edge of the Mediterranean. Theproject involves building a breakwater, a sort of vertical seawall that will protect the waters of the port and the shore infrastructures. In 2005, Bouygues Construction won an additional €32 million package for the design and construction of an oil terminal and fuelling facility, together with a grain terminal. The groundbreaking ceremony was officiated by King Mohamed VI in February 2003....