Moroccan Navy Gets Its 1st Tug for Safety & Rescue Missions
Moroccan Navy, which has a substantial fleet of frigates, offshore patrol vessels, training vessels and hydrographic, amphibious & auxiliary vessels, has received its first tug from Dutch shipbuilder Damen.
Dubbed “Al Mounkid”, the 22 metre Stan Tug 2208 vessel is powered by two diesel engines, each driving a fixed pitch propeller, providing a maximum of 40 tonnes bollard pull.
It will provide vessel assistance duties as well as firefighting and oil pollution control tasks. In the past, Morocco’s Navy has always hired private tug operators for towing, moving and mooring services. With the new Damen Stan Tug 2208, the Moroccan Navy will reduce its reliance on commercial companies.
Damen fitted out “Al Mounkid” 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.
The Al Mounkid is just one of the numerous contracts signed by Morocco and the Damen Shipyard Group to enhance 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.