[HOT] : Operation Marhaba 2021: the capacity of shipping lines to Moroccan ports increased
In accordance with the guidelines of King Mohammed VI aimed at guaranteeing the return in the best conditions of the Moroccan community residing abroad, the Directorate of the Merchant Marine, under the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and water, has undertaken numerous initiatives with transport companies operating on maritime lines with Europe, with the aim of increasing the supply capacity, diversifying the ports of embarkation and practicing reasonable prices for The travellers.
To this end, the reference prices for return tickets, with car, have been reduced to 995 Euros for a family of 4 people for long-haul lines and to 450 Euros for medium-haul lines, specifies the ministry in a press release, noting that these terms will be detailed and made known to the public shortly.
In the same context, adds the same source, discussions are underway with the Portuguese authorities with the objective of making the port of Portimao in Portugal a port of embarkation, by opening new maritime lines from this port to the port of Tangier Med.
These lines will be added to those of France and Italy already scheduled for this year, with an initial capacity of 20,000 passengers and 5,000 vehicles per week, as well as the mobilization of an additional ship on the Marseille – Tangier lines. Med and Genoa – Tanger Med, with a capacity of 4,000 passengers and 1,000 vehicles per week, it is recalled. Thus, the total capacity will amount to approximately 48,000 passengers and more than 15,000 vehicles per week, which will cover the planned transit phase, from June 15 to September 15, 2021, with approximately 650,000 passengers and 180,000 vehicles. .
In addition, the Merchant Marine Directorate will continue its contacts with shipping companies to encourage them to increase the number of rotations and thus increase transit capacity, to meet demand during this period, taking into account the technical provisions. and procedural aspects of ports and ships, concludes the press release.
MRE – Spanish ports excluded from the “Marhaba 2021” operation
Alert. This year the Spanish ports will be excluded from the “Marhaba 2021” operation, Moroccans living abroad (MRE) are invited to transit through the French ports of Marseille and Sète, in addition to the Italian port of Genoa, a- we learned from corroborating sources.
As a reminder, “Operation“ Marhaba ”organized each year from June 15 to September 15 welcomes no less than 3 million Moroccans living abroad. Last year (2020), they were only some 45,000 Moroccans and 22,000 vehicles to have taken the maritime links connecting Tanger Med and Nador to Sète in France as well as Genoa in Italy. ”
According to a well-informed source from the Port of Tanger Med: “It’s dead calm, and nothing on the horizon … neither preparations, nor meetings of the Moroccan-Spanish joint commission relating to the transit of MRE.”
The source declined to give more information …
In addition, a press release released on Sunday, June 6, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, underlines that:
“Regarding the return of Moroccans residing abroad by sea, as part of the“ Marhaba 2021 ”operation, it will take place from the same maritime transit points from last year in accordance with the health conditions mentioned above. high, while specifying that in addition to the PCR test presented when boarding, travelers will undergo another test on board to ensure maximum health security for them and their loved ones. ”.
This means that the return of MRE by boat will be done exclusively from the following ports:
“French ports of Marseille and Sète, in addition to the Italian port of Genoa, thus excluding the ports of Algéciras, Tarifa and Malaga.”
The Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad opens a reception center dedicated to MRE
The Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad opens from June 25 to September 15, 2021 a reception center dedicated to MRE, at the Foundation’s headquarters in Rabat, as part of Operation Marhaba 2021. “Executives specialists in various fields, particularly legal and economic, will make themselves available to our fellow citizens abroad to meet their needs and their requests, ”said a press release from the Foundation on Thursday, specifying that the center will be open from Monday to Friday. Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Two specialized executives representing the General Directorate of Taxes and that of the National Agency for Land Conservation will be present within the Foundation to provide assistance and advice. The General Directorate of Customs will be in line with the Hassan II Foundation to respond to requests related to their area of intervention, it is specified. The Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans living abroad has a legal and social assistance center that supports MREs throughout the year in their difficulties related to legal and administrative procedures. This pole informs them, advises them, directs them and provides them with help and assistance.
The Foundation’s website also provides continuous information on the news of the company Royal Air Maroc and the direction of the Merchant Navy through its section Marhaba 2021, adds the same source, noting on the other hand that ‘a remote service is provided to contact the economic pole (212 07 62 84 11 65) and the legal and social assistance pole (212 07 62 86 92 59).
Marhaba 2021 – Strengthening of communication around the orientation and administrative support of MRE
The delegate ministry in charge of Moroccans living abroad (MRE) announced on Monday the strengthening of its communication at the central and territorial level in order to offer orientation and administrative support to Moroccans around the world following the launch of the operation. Marhaba 2021 ”, especially since several administrations and national institutions are experiencing a significant influx of members of the community.
This operation, which is part of the execution of the High Royal Directives aimed at providing exceptional support to MREs, aims to coordinate efforts with all stakeholders at both central and regional levels to provide appropriate solutions to the problems. or difficulties that citizens residing abroad may encounter, the ministry said in a statement.
To this end, the delegated ministry provides telephone numbers and additional e-mails at the central level in order to receive the various questions, requests and complaints from Moroccans living abroad throughout the week:
At the same time, the delegated ministry mobilized its decentralized services. These are the Houses of Moroccans of the World and Migration Affairs in Beni Mellal, Tiznit, Nador and Khouribga, where the ministry has made available to MREs additional telephone numbers and e-mail addresses to answer their questions and receive their various requests as well as their complaints, adds the press release.
– Beni Mellal:
To ensure the continuity of the services linked to the reception of complaints or legal consultations, the supervisory ministry had set up, since the start of the health crisis, a monitoring and orientation unit with a team available every day. the week.
Also, telephone numbers had been made available to MREs in order to answer their various questions, said the press release, noting that the unit responsible for receiving complaints from MREs continued to offer its services remotely.