Menzel Bourguiba

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Menzel Bourguiba
Entrance sign with anchors
Entrance sign with anchors
Menzel Bourguiba is located in Tunisia
Menzel Bourguiba
Menzel Bourguiba
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 37°9′N 9°47′E / 37.150°N 9.783°E / 37.150; 9.783Coordinates: 37°9′N 9°47′E / 37.150°N 9.783°E / 37.150; 9.783
Country Tunisia
GovernorateBizerte Governorate
 • Total54,536
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)

Menzel Bourguiba (Arabic: منزل بورقيبة‎, translit. Manzil Būrgībah, lit. 'House of Bourguiba'), formerly known as Ferryville, is a town located in the extreme north of Tunisia, about 60 km from Tunis, in the Bizerte Governorate.


The town's name translates as "House of Bourguiba", as it was named after the first president of independent Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba, in 1956. During the French colonization of Tunisia (1881–1956), Menzel Bourguiba was named Ferryville, referring to contemporary French minister Jules Ferry.


The naval base, Arsenal Sidi-Abdellah in 1960

Menzel Bourguiba is an important town for economic reasons. Its economy is based mainly around metallurgy. It was founded as a naval installation under French rule, because of its strategic location between two lakes: The inland Ichkeul Lake on the west, and Bizerte Lake on the east, which connects to the Mediterranean Sea by the Bizerte canal.

Its most important economic activity was the ailing state-owned shipyard. The yard has seen its workforce decline, after the high level of activity in the 1970s and 1980s, when Tunisia had a larger merchant fleet and when the Soviet Union used Menzel Bourguiba to drydock its ships. At that time, the yard employed over 1,300 people. It has recently been bought by a French ship repair company, Compagnie Marseille Réparation.[1]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-02-05. Retrieved 2006-07-22.
  2. ^ "Stuttgart Städtepartnerschaften". Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Abteilung Außenbeziehungen (in German). Retrieved 2013-07-27.

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