AML’s MOROCCO SUN is undergoing final preparations. The ship is expected to depart for Tanger Med next week and she will stay there. She had arrived in Perama in October 2019 for mechanical repairs and upgrades in order to reduce her smoke issues. However, due to Covid-19 she was “trapped” in Greece and lost the summer season on the Strait of Gibraltar.
After 7 months of immobility and necessary engine repairs, AML’s MOROCCO SUN is out at sea again. On May 25, 2020 she had her sea trials in the Saronic Gulf and returned back to Perama.
When she will resume service on Algeciras-Tanger Med is unknown.
LE RIF (12.175gt/1980) will eventually be the third Africa Morocco Link (AML) vessel to operate for Marhaba 2019 on the Algeciras-Tangier Med run.
The ship was finally renamed MOROCCO SUN and will apparently be chartered by AML (AML still needs to confirm).
Ferry Shipping News understands it will initially be for a period of 5 years.
She is expected to make 3 to 4 crossings a day and with her presence she will strengthen the Moroccans on the specific run with three vessels. Currently she is undergoing preparations at Genoa (Jobson Shipyards), while she is expected to be introduced within a month.
Another vessel on charter to AML is AMMAN, from Arab Bridge Maritim. She has been repainted in AML colours and runs between Tanger and Algeciras as from 6 June.
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.