Royal Moroccan Navy turns to Damen for first tug
The Royal Moroccan Navy has taken delivery of a Damen Stan Tug 2208. The 22-metre long vessel, named Al Mounkid, takes the honour of being the first tug to join Morocco’s sizeable naval fleet. The delivery marks yet another step forward in the history between the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Dutch shipbuilder.
The Royal Moroccan Navy has a substantial fleet consisting of frigates, offshore patrol vessels, training vessels and hydrographic, amphibious and auxiliary vessels. Its fleet, however, did not include a tug of any sort.
In the past, Morocco’s Navy has always turned to third party tug operators for towing, moving and mooring services. However, the reliance on these commercial companies has not always been advantageous to the level of its independence. With the new Damen Stan Tug 2208, the Royal Moroccan Navy will considerably reduce its dependence on commercial operations.
Power and comfort
A mainstay of the Damen portfolio, the Stan Tug 2208 is a robustly constructed vessel with a thoroughly tried and tested design. Two diesel engines, each driving a fixed pitch propeller, provide a maximum of 40 tonnes bollard pull. The Al Mounkid will be capable of vessel assistance duties as well as firefighting and oil pollution control tasks.
Damen fitted out the vessel with air-conditioned living quarters to accommodate up to eight officers and crew – paying special attention to reducing noise levels in these areas by using high density insulation and floating floor construction techniques.
2015 has been a significant year for the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Damen Shipyard Group. The Al Mounkid is just one of the numerous contracts signed by the two parties that have increased both the capability and the autonomy of Morocco’s naval fleet.
Earlier in the year Damen delivered a Stan Pontoon Water Barge to provide water to areas of Morocco suffering from a long-lasting drought. Furthermore, Damen is currently busy with a substantial order for five Interceptor 1503 vessels.
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Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.
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