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Port de Casablanca | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter

Port de Casablanca | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

The daily fishing Casablanca - Thursday, April 25, I completed a mission video report. I had one free day to buy some slippers for my girls. I thought visiting the "Chinatown" where are located the last ten years of Chinese who speaks fluent Moroccan. But one day, it's a little short. I talk to the driver of the Taxi Small red, hoping to get ideas. He then advised me to visit the Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche. I'm not excited ...

 

It is from there that we pass the commercial port where boats are moored in huge containers. I ask my taxi stop at the entrance. I am very excited but the customs head blocks my way. I need a permission from the maritime prefecture. A sailor decides to accompany me. The reputation of the Moroccan diligence is not a legend. An official of the prefecture tells me he must ask permission from the CCM Rabat (Moroccan Cinematographic Centre) for any report in the port area governed by customs.

 

Damn it, it would take a week. Disappointed, I was about to leave when I was offered to go to the fishing port to photograph the fishing trawlers. The official deliver me permission to photograph and a badge. 

Photo report's insight:

The port of Casablanca is considered as Morocco's and as one of the largest artificial ports in the world, although the port of Tangiers-Med to the North of Morocco is a cargo port located about 40 km from Tangiers, and is the largest port on the Mediterranean and in Africa by capacity and went into service in July 2007. Its initial capacity was 3.5 million shipment containers. It is also the largest port of the Maghreb and North Africa.

 

Casablanca's port treats a traffic of more than 21,3 million tons per annum, that is to say 38% of the national traffic, and carries out a sales turnover of more than 894 Million Moroccan Dirhams. With an extent of 605 hectares and extending to more than 8 kilometers in length. It can accommodate and treat more than 35 ships at the same time.

 

The port is managed by ODEP (Office D'Exploitation des Ports), a publicly owned establishment which has the principal role of ensuring the management of passengers, goods and ships forwarding by the Moroccan ports.

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Way Down Under | Photographer: Joe McNally

Way Down Under | Photographer: Joe McNally | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Back in Sydney after almost a week in Tasmania, which is as wonderfully out of the way relative to everyplace else as its name might suggest. Lovely land, wonderful people. I was assigned by Tourism Australia to do a somewhat open ended assignment described as the Faces of Tasmania. I fully disclosed to them beforehand that I was a relatively awful rock and tree shooter, and preferred to stick with subject matter that talks back. (There have been location days of course, and people subjects, that have made me dearly wish I was better at the rocks and trees.)

But, I am, resolutely, a people photog, despite (or because of) its unrelenting unpredictability...

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