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The port of Laâyoune is the main and most versatile port of the Great South Region bringing an annual traffic of approximately 5 million tonnes of hydrocarbon imports, phosphate, and sand exports. It is also the largest fishing port in Morocco with approximately 43% from coastal fishing.

The ports of Laâyoune and Dakhla are the biggest in terms of commercial traffic in the entire Greater South, handling 89% of the port commercial traffic in the region.

Characteristics

Location : 27°05’N – 13°57’O

Function : fishing and coastal navigation

Road access : National RD 1 between Laâyoune and Boujdour.

History

The port of Laâyoune was commissioned in 1986 to supply Morocco's southern provinces as well as to process and harness the region's fish resources. Construction was completed in 1987 though rapid increase in port traffic required an expansion in 1991 and a second one in 1997.

As port activity has continued to increase, a third extension was deemed necessary in 2003 and inaugurated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI on March 22, 2006.

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