The Office of the Merchant Marine and Ports “OMMP” (former Office of National Tunisian Ports “OPNT – Office des Ports Nationaux Tunisiens” and former State Department of Commercial Ports coming under the Ministry of Public Works) ) was created by virtue of the law n° 65-2 dated February 12th, 1965, modified by the law dated February 15th, 1972.
Law n° 98/109 dated December 28th, 1998 ordered the OMMP to exercise the attributions confided to the maritime authority and administration as well as the tasks of port authority in accordance with the laws in force.
The activity fields of the OMMP port chain are characterized by the diversity of maritime traffic, whether line or tramping traffic, handling containers, RO/RO, passengers, cruise passengers. Thus, the OMMP manages and runs its rich and varied installations in compliance with the norms of productivity and safety: oil ports, container terminals, a passenger terminal, ore terminals, specialized installations … twenty-four hours a day and 7days/7.
- The Tunisian maritime and commercial ports are managed by the Office of the Merchant Marine and Ports (Office de la Marine Marchande et des Ports – OMMP), a public state establishment endowed with financial autonomy and legal status.
- As a port authority, the OMMP’s main task is to handle in optimal conditions of lead time, cost and safety the whole of ships and goods passing through the Tunisian ports.
- On the other hand, and as a maritime authority, the OMMP provides merchant marine services, more specifically the administration of ships, seamen and maritime navigation security.