Background The port of Tan Tan was built between 1977 and 1982 as part of the economic development programme for the southern provinces of the Kingdom.
In view of the region’s fishing resources, the port’s location was intended to fix the fishing fleet and create ancillary industries for the conservation, processing of fish and thus create jobs for the local population. the port was extended twice: in 1988 to accommodate deep-sea fishing vessels and cargo vessels for the export of fishery products, and in 1999 to increase the port’s capacity and improve access conditions.
The port of Tan Tan occupied until 1996, the first rank in fish catches reaching 300,000 T/year, before giving way to the port of Laayoune and then to that of Dakhla.Connectivity The port is located 25 km south of the city of Tan Tan Tan, and 330 km south of the city of Agadir.
It is served by the national road 1 linking Agadir to Laayoune.economic hinterlandThe hinterland of the port of Tan Tan Tan is mainly oriented towards the sea. Indeed, with its location in one of the most fish-bearing areas of Morocco, it consists of a landing point for fishery products and their valorisation through an industrial zone adjacent to the port (ice factories, cold stores, fish processing and processing plants, etc.), in addition to hydrocarbon distribution units for the needs of fishing units.
Nevertheless, the port of Tan Tan supplies its nearby hinterland and the fishing industry with hydrocarbons: diesel and super unleaded for the southern zone, diesel fishing, gas for the North South Gas unit, as well as fuel for the new hydroelectric power plant in the extra-port zone, commissioned in 2009.Three fishing sectors share the exploitation of fisheries resources: deep-sea fishing, inshore fishing and artisanal fishing, encompassing a fleet of 654 units and employing more than 12,400 active seafarers.Existing infrastructure
The port of Tan Tan has the following infrastructure: protective structures: a main dike of 1.050 ml, a 150 ml transverse dike, a 700 ml sand trap and a 350 ml stud ;medians with a total area of 78.5 ha and an occupancy rate of less than 65% ;a body of water of 27 ha ;a 1,222 ml dock line of which 572 ml are based on -6.5 m/zh, 350 ml on -6 m/zh and 300 ml on -4 m/zh.Shipyard
The port has two shipyards managed by private operators: a 10 ha shipyard, a 1,000 tonne boat lift to dry up the deep-sea fishing fleet, a 3 ha shipyard, a 320 tonne strap lift to dry up coastal fishing units, and a capacity of 82,000 tonnes of average annual traffic, which is used to 36% of its operational capacity (225,000 tonnes/year). The commercial quay dedicated to cabotage and the export of fishmeal offers reserves in capacity.