Casablanca, Barcelona ports to cooperate

Published March 26th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The port authorities in Casablanca, Morocco, and Barcelona, Spain, have signed an agreement according to which they will cooperate on training staff for management and operational positions, reported the Pan-Africa news agency. 


The agreement was signed in Rabat by Spain’s public works minister, Macias Pere, who was visiting Morocco on official business, and by Bouamor Taghouane, Morocco’s equipment minister. 


According to the agreement, the port authorities in Casablanca and Barcelona will provide joint training programs for engineering, handling techniques, environmental protection, quality and information systems. 


Casablanca is Morocco's primary port, handling 20 million tons of cargo per annum, or 38 to 40 percent of the country’s total cargo traffic. Covering 605 hectares and more than seven kilometers of docks, it can berth more than 35 ships at a time. It employs 10,000 workers. 


Barcelona port covers 724 hectares, 20 kilometers and more than tow million square meters of storage facilities. Some 80 percent of economic activity in the province of Catalonia transits through Barcelona. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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