08. Traffic across Gibraltar Straits

The strategic location of the Port Bay of Algeciras as a natural sea-bridge between Europe and Africa has helped increase the trade throughput between both shores of the Strait of Gibraltar. More than 400,000 HGVs use the Port of Algeciras facilities to cross the Strait to the ports of either Ceuta or Tanger Med every year. At the same time, the port actually has two passenger terminals: one in Algeciras and one in Tarifa.

Just as with ro-ro traffic, our proximity to North Africa has seen our Port become the transit corridor of choice for travellers crossing the Straits every year from either Algeciras to Ceuta and Tanger Med or Tarifa to Tanger Med. Together, both passenger terminals are used by an average of 6 million passengers every year.

The quality services provided by the shipping lines on these routes and the intense trade relations between Spain and Morocco have caused the cargo flow between Algeciras and North Africa increase year after year. The companies currently operating the link between Algeciras and Africa are: Africa Morocco Link, Balearia, FRS, Intershipping and Trasmediterranea.