Some 2.84 million passengers and 642,000 vehicles transited, in both directions, through Moroccan ports, as part of operation “Marhaba 2023” (June 5 – September 15), Minister of Transport and Logistics, Mohammed Abdeljalil, said Wednesday in Rabat.
This is an increase of 23% for passengers and 20% for vehicles compared to “Marhaba 2022”, Abdeljalil underlined in a speech delivered at a meeting on the evaluation of the maritime transport operation carried out by the ministry in order to contribute to the success of operation “Marhaba”.
The ministry mobilized 32 ships from 9 companies on all maritime lines connecting Moroccan ports to those of Spain, France and Italy, in order to ensure 538 weekly trips, with a maximum capacity of 500,000 passengers and 136,000 vehicles, he pointed out.
In order to successfully carry out operation “Marhaba 2023”, the ministry has taken a series of measures, including the development of a fleet plan and a travel program, the increase in the offer, the diversification of transit points and guaranteeing compliance with national and international maritime rules for the vessels concerned, in particular those relating to maritime safety and security, Abdeljalil stressed.
Bringing together representatives of Moroccan and foreign shipping companies and Moroccan port authorities, this meeting was marked by the presentation of “Marhaba 2023” results and the broadcast of an institutional video reviewing the key stages of this year’s operation.