Africa Morocco Link marks Stena Line’s venture into expansion beyond Europe

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Ferry company Africa Morocco Link gets new owners:

  • Attica Holdings S.A. sells 49% to Stena Line Holding B.V.
  • Bank of Africa sells 51% of its shares to Compagnie de Transports au Maroc (CTM)


  • Both Bank Of Africa and CTM, are entities belonging to O Capital Group, owned by Mr Othman Benjelloun.
  • The ships Morocco Star and Highspeed 3, owned by subsidiaries of Attica Group, are included in the transaction.
  • Attica: The total consideration amounts to €49m and the net profit is expected to exceed €21m.
  • Competitor DFDS entered the Strait of Gibraltar market on 10 January 2024 buy acquiring FRS.
  • AML was founded in 2016 by Attica Group and Bank of Africa.


Press release Attica

Press release Stena

Press release CTM (in French)

GNV In Negotiation for a 25% Stake in Africa Morocco Link?

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The MSC-controlled ferry company Grandi Navi Veloci seems to be in advanced negotiation for taking a minority share in Africa Morocco Link.

The rumour was reported by several media both in Morocco and in Greece while the Genoa-headquartered company preferred not to comment on the issue upon request from Ferry Shipping News.

Africa Morocco Link operates between the ports of Tanger and Algeciras with a fleet of three ferries offering regulars sailings between the two sides of the Mediterranea sea.

As of today, the company founded in 2016 is jointly participated by the Moroccan BMCE Bank (51%) and the Greek group Attica (49%). According to what local media reported, BMCE bank should dismiss the AML’s majority share under its control before the end of the third year from the company foundation and that would be the reason why Grandi Navi Veloci was contacted as a potential investor.

Below a photo of LE RIF in AML colours, still in Genoa on 19 June.


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Africa Morocco Link’s BMCE Bank Gets Exemption

Africa Morocco Link is a company owned by Attica Group (49%) and the Moroccan BMCE Bank (51%).

According to a law, the bank is allowed to run a non-banking business for a limited time only.

Therefore, BMCE Bank was looking to sell a number of its shares, with 4 May as deadline. This attempt was unsuccessful.

In order not to disrupt the Operation Marhaba 2019, when thousands of expats come back to Morocco for the summer, the Government decided to give the bank more time.

Africa Morocco Link to open a new route to Nador

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Africa Morocco Link (AML) is about to start a new passenger ferry line from Almeria to Nador, presumably in mid October.
To make this possible, the company will move ro-pax DIAGORAS from its actual route Algeciras -Tanger Med, leaving MORROCO STAR as the sole vessel on the ‘short’ route, until a third vessel can be found.
AML began operations in 2016, and was founded by Attica Group and BMCE Bank (51% by the businessman Othman Benjelloun and Attica Group 49%).
The new line on the ‘long’ route is in direct competition with Trasmediterranea.

Photo © AML