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IHMA announces 2024 Congress: The Marine Adventure – Evolving and adapting to change in today’s ports.

IHMA Congress 2024

The International Harbour Masters Association (IHMA) and Tanger Med Port Authority are pleased to announce the 14th International Harbour Masters Congress. The key theme of this 2024 event is The Marine Adventure – Evolving and adapting to change in today’s ports. Tanger Med Port Authority will host the congress at the Tanger Med Port Center from 21 to 24 May 2024.

The IHMA Congress is a biennial event that provides a forum for IHMA members, industry stakeholders, innovators and suppliers from across the global ports sector to come together to collaborate, network, share knowledge and provide updates on the latest industry technology and solutions.

What’s on the agenda?

The 2024 Congress will commence with an Opening Ceremony at 09:00 on Tuesday 21 May. Following this, the Exhibition will open at 10.30. At 11.30, the Congress Session will begin.

The Marine Adventure will dedicate an entire day of presentations, deliberations and enlightened discussion to each part of the port call process.

  • Day one – 21 May – will look at arrival in port, focusing on preparations for a safe, efficient arrival in port, covering topics such as VTS, port call optimisation, technology, communications and pilotage.
  • Day two – 22 May – will concentrate on a vessel's time in port, including the Harbour Master’s role in making a port call safe, efficient and sustainable. Topics will include terminal operations, new and alternative fuels, future proofing ports, integrating new technology, and the evolution of value chains and infrastructure requirements.
  • Day three – 23 May – will focus on departure preparations and will provide opportunity to discuss the effects of climate change and regulations, the human element including equality and diversity and sustainable development goals.
  • The final day – 24 May – will be taken up with a technical tour of the port complex before concluding at 14:00. 

Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

The Congress Gala dinner takes place at the Palais Moulay Hafid in the heart of Tangier on the evening of Thursday 23 May and will include the announcement of the IHMA award winners.  

Launched in 2018, the IHMA awards are held to recognise and celebrate the contributions Harbour Masters make to ensuring safe, secure and efficient ports around the world.

The awards will be judged in three categories:

  • Safe, Efficient and Secure Port
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Profession of Harbour Master
  • Port Operations Photograph of the Year

Nominations are now open. For more information please contact secretary.ihma@harbourmaster.org

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IHMA's Vice President Gary Wilson: “We're very much looking forward to the latest IHMA Congress. The key theme, the Marine Adventure – Evolving and adapting to change in today's ports promises some very topical discussion. Congress will provide the perfect platform for stakeholders from around the world to share their knowledge and experience about a wide range of related subjects including safety, efficiency and sustainability.”

Kamal Lakhmas, Harbor Master - Tanger Med Port Authority: “We're delighted to be hosting the fourteenth IHMA Congress and welcome our guests to Morocco. Our port is located on the Strait of Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean and the gateway to Africa. As such, we are connected to over 180 ports in 70 countries, offering us a unique viewpoint to assess the dynamic changes taking place in today's maritime world. We are excited to share our experiences with guests from around the world and to exchange ideas with colleagues from across the international maritime industry.”

IHMA President Paul O’Regan: “The cultural magnet of Tangier is home to our next congress, and what a place it is. A true melting pot of cultures, bright and vivid, full of energy. Joining this event is an experience that you may not have an opportunity to see here again. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone in Tanger Med. I’m confident we’re going to deliver an unforgettable experience for everyone and this Congress will be a standout success!

Sponsor and exhibition opportunities

There are still plenty of options for companies to be present at this event as an exhibitor or sponsor. For more details please contact secretary.ihma@harbourmaster.org

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Registration for the Congress is now open.

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INTRODUCING TANGER MED

Tanger Med is the 1st port in Africa and in the Mediterranean.

It’s a global logistics gateway located on the Strait of Gibraltar and connected to more than 180 ports worldwide with handling capacities of: 9 million containers, exports of 1 million new vehicles, transit of 7 million passengers and 700,000 trucks on an annual basis.

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CONTAINER TRAFFIC: SURPASSING TEH 8 MILLION MARK

In 2023, Tanger Med Port processed 8,617,410 TEUs*, marking a growth of 13.4% compared to 2022. This remarkable achievement, equivalent to 95% of the port's nominal capacity, was accomplished 4 years ahead of targets.

The outstanding performance is attributed to the successful operations of terminals TC1 and TC4, managed by Maersk-APM, and the continuous development of terminal TC3, operated by Tanger Alliance (A joint venture owned by Marsa Maroc with a 50% stake, in partnership with Eurogate holding 40% and Hapag Lloyd holding 10%). Additionally, 2023 witnessed record productivity levels, surpassing monthly peaks of 800,000 TEUs handled.

RO-RO TRAFFIC ON THE RISE
In 2023, 477,993 trucks were processed, representing a 4.1% increase from 2022. Industrial product traffic saw a significant surge of 14.3% compared to the previous year, offsetting a 7.7% decrease in agribusiness product traffic.

INCREASE IN NEW VEHICLE TRAFFIC
The two vehicle terminals in the port complex handled 578,446 vehicles in 2023, reflecting a 21% increase from 2022. This traffic primarily includes 341,758 vehicles for export, produced by Renault factories in Melloussa and SOMACA in Casablanca, along with 176,208 vehicles exported by the Stellantis plant in Kénitra.

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Liquid bulk traffic experienced a 6% growth compared to 2022, a total of 9,838,157 tons of handled hydrocarbons. Simultaneously, solid bulk traffic witnessed a 44% increase from the previous year, totalling 581,042 tons processed.

PASSENGER TRAFFIC: RETURN TO NORMAL
In 2023, Tanger Med Port Complex welcomed 2,700,747 passengers, marking a 30% growth from 2022. This traffic has returned to pre-COVID-19 crisis levels.

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In 2023, a total of 16,900 ships called at Tanger Med Port Complex, marking a 17% growth from 2022, including 1,113 mega-ships (over 290 meters), representing a 16% increase from the previous year.

These results underscore the relevance of the vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI for this strategic project.
Tanger Med remains firmly focused on the future, ready to face new challenges and strengthen its position as a major logistics hub in Morocco and the Euro-Mediterranean region.

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