A new ferry service is now available between Motril in the Granada province and Tangier in Morocco. There will be one daily departure in each direction.
The ship used on the line is named Kattegat and it is the company Ferrybalear who is operating the route. During the first few weeks the ferry will only be used for transporting of goods, but in a few weeks the company expects to be able to have a normal operation of both vehicles and passengers. The reason they do not take cars and passengers yet is that the company must first obtain permission from the Moroccan authorities.
The ferry runs daily from Motril at 11am and returns from Tanger midnight. The trip takes between 7-8 hours. The destination is the new port of Tangiers (Tanger-Med). It is located 40 km east of Tangier, but there is bus connections to Tangier. Tanger-Med is Africa’s largest port and was opened in 2007.
“Kattegat” is 136.4 meters long and 24.60 meters wide. The ship has the capacity to 340 cars or 60 containers and can take 1.000 passengers. The ship was built in 1996 in Denmark and maximum speed is 20 knots.
Motril in the Granada province is located in Andalusia’s Costa Tropical. It is a relatively small city with just over 60,000 residents and is best known for that the Belgian King Baudouin died there in 1993. Tangier is a much larger city and capital of the region of Tangier-Tetouan in northern Morocco at the Gibraltar Strait, with around 950,000 inhabitants. Tangier has highway and railway connections with the rest of Morocco.