Ferry in Nador with the border pier in the background
and Melilla port in the background
|Location||Beni Ensar / Aït Nsar
Nador (10 km.), Melilla
|Operated by||Societe d'Exploitation des Ports (SODEP)|
|Type of harbor||goods, fish, ferry and hydrocarbons|
|Piers||1000 m goods-pier, 600 m ferry, 100 m hydro-carbons|
|Annual cargo tonnage||2.3 million tonnes |
The port of Nador is a commercial port on the Mediterranean servicing the Rif area of Northern Morocco. The port is officially in Beni Ensar / Aït Nsar and shares its piers and entrance with the port of the Spanish enclave Melilla. It is a semi-artificial port using the Bou Areg Lagoon.
The port is directly connected to the Spanish enclave Melilla: the port of Melilla uses approximately 70% of the wet area, while Nador port uses the remaining 30% of the south-east area. The port is used as ferry/ro-ro port, dry-bulk and has facilities for hydro-carbons. The ro-ro facilities are used by ferry operators on the route to/from Spain.
The operator MarsaMaroc, who operate the main ports in Morocco, offer the following facilities in Nador Port The port can be divided in three main parts:
The main good terminal has 700 metres of deep-water keys (13 metre deep) and another 300 metre keys with a water-depth of 10 metres. This Terminal 2 is a bulk goods terminal receiving bulk-goods such as ore and billets for the nearby steel-mill SONASID and is also used as (small) fishing port. A total of 14,7 hectare land-area is available for storing or moving goods.
Passengers and vehicle piers
Nador Port is now an important ferry terminal for North-Eastern Morocco with direct daily links to Spain (Almeria) and weekly connection to France (Sete)
For ferries operating to Europe the port offers 600 meter keys for Roll-on/roll-off ferries with elevated foot-bridges for foot-passengers to cross the car-traffic on different levels and thus not hindering each other at (dis)embarkction with also 13 meter depth.
Since the Moroccan train operator ONCF opened the branch-line Taourirt - Nador in 2009 the port also offers daily train connections to the rest of the country. The train-stop Beni Ensar / Aït Nsar Port is the terminus for trains to Tanger and Casablanca via Fez. (see also: Nador railway stations)
- FerriMaroc, now a fully owned subsidiary of Acciona Trasmediterránea
- Acciona Trasmediterránea
- Comanav (Nador to Sète in France)
Rail and road connections in Morocco
The branch-line from Taourirt to Nador doesn't terminate in Nador itself but runs to Beni Ensar / Aït Nsar. Beni Ensar / Aït Nsar Port is the terminus station for the branch-line to Taourirt, where it connects to the East-West mainline towards Oujda in the east (no direct connection: change in Taorirt) or via Fez to Tanger or towards Rabat and Casablanca with further connections to Marrakech in the west
By road the National road N19 gives a direct connection to the city of Nador itself (8 miles) and beyond.
- Nador Rif News شبكة أخبار الناظور و الريف أريفينو.نت ; www.ariffino.net
- Information page of SODEP on Port of Nador, visited 10 June 2012
- Marsa Maroc website on Port of Nador, retrieved 30 October 2013
- World Port Source about Port Nador, retrieved 10 June 2012
- ONCF Website Ligne Nador-Casablanca, French, visited 28 October 2013
- Ferry Maroc 2010
- AFerry booking site for Ferries to Morocco
- ONCF website with info on Nador-Casablanca main line. Visited 10 June 2012