The construction works on the harbor began in April 2013 with a completion deadline of July 2019.
Rabat – A governmental decree of August 22 has postponed the deadline for the end of construction work on Safi’s new harbor. The decision to add one year to the previous deadline of July 30, 2019, comes after a series of severe delays in construction works.
King Mohammed VI inaugurated the construction project of Safi’s new harbor on April 19, 2013. The harbor was supposed to be functional five years later, at the latest.
The construction delays follow a series of technical norm infractions by the company responsible for the works, according to Assabah newspaper.
In July 2017, an accident caused 700 blocks of concrete forming the charcoal dock to crack, making it impossible for ships to moor. Since then, the dock has been reconstructed from scratch. Those responsible for the accident, which happened more than two years ago, have not yet been sanctioned
These delays have already cost the government in the region of MAD 500 million. These losses add up to an estimated MAD 600 million costs for the National Office of Electricity and Water (ONEE), along with the environmental damage caused by the duration of works.
Abdelkader Amara, the Moroccan minister for Equipment, Transport, Logistics, and Water, is to be held accountable for these delays, according to Assabah. The newspaper speculates that his political future is under threat, and that the delays in the accomplishment of the project could cost him his position.
The new Safi harbor is expected to contribute, when ready to operate, to the functioning of Safi’s new thermal power station, launched in December 2018, which requires 10,000 tonnes of charcoal daily.