In the 20 days leading up to Operation Crossing the Strait 2022, 11,344 travelers chose Motril as their port for North Africa travels. The 29 rotating boats that link the Motril dock to Melilla, Alhucemas, and Nador have also seen 2,752 vehicles embarked. The dock was able to accommodate just over 5,800 passengers in 2019, along with 1,900 vehicles. This is because the dock has seen almost double the passengers' number since the suspension of covid.
This record number of passengers is achieved despite the suppression and lower number of rotations on ferry to Melilla. This was the offer of Inmaculada Calahorro the sub-delegate of Government. She visited the port with Jose Garcia Fuentes the president of Motril Port Authority to observe first-hand the OPE being developed. The Subdelegation launched it in collaboration other institutions to ensure the safety and fluidity of the travel of those who use the Motril Dock to travel to their country of origin during the summer season.
Sub-delegate also stated that "normality" and "absence of incidents" are the typical trend. OPE 2022 was launched on June 15, and will be closed until August 15. The exit phase will close on August 15, and the return phase will occur between August 15th and September 15.
Jose Garcia Fuentes (President of the Port Authority), spoke out in support of "the fluidity" that Operation Crossing the Strait was being conducted through the Granada dock. Between pre-boarding and the terminal, the travel time for passengers and vehicles is approximately 15 minutes. This means that boats depart on time and consolidates the port of Motril's status as a good option for travelers.
The port of Motril made more than 40,000 square metres available for parking for users of the Paseo del Estrecho Operation. Of these, 6,000 are shaded. Staff has been strengthened to ensure normal development of the device within the enclosure.
The president of the port authority and the sub-delegate visited different dependencies that are dedicated to the attention and care of travelers. This module is funded by the State through the Government Subdelegation in Granada. It consists of four social workers, four French and Arabic interpreters and four social workers. Their main tasks include processing and solving social problems, managing shipments, attention to travelers and collaboration as interpreters in social assistance and health.
Operation launched last June 15th, which was the date of its launch. Since then, there have been 68 such assistances, plus 11 medical assistance by volunteers from the Red Cross, who collaborate with OPE in these missions. .
The offices of the Mohamed Foundation and Moroccan consulate, as well as the toy library for families arriving in Morocco with children, are still operational. In addition to strengthening cleaning and signage, To ensure compliance with COVID regulations, the Port Authority also offers a health service to shipping companies.
The OPE has a security system that allows for the addition of agents from the Civil Guard and the National Police to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Lopez said that 150 people are part of the OPE security system - 84 from National Police and 64 from Civil Guard - with special attention to strengthening border control or canine units. services.
The General Directorate of Traffic is a complementing information mechanism that provides travelers with information of value en route (location of OPE port locations, weather conditions and port occupancy levels, ship schedules etc. Through the screens on the main routes, you can access them.
The DGT also has a network rest and information stations that provide information and services to users. One of these stations is located in Loja in the province of Granada. It's intended primarily to handle passenger traffic to Algeciras.