The Royal Moroccan Navy has taken delivery of a Damen Stan Tug, officially named Al Mounkid.
The 22-metre long vessel, named Al Mounkid, takes the honour of being the first tug to join Morocco’s naval fleet.
The Royal Moroccan Navy fleet incorporates frigates, offshore patrol vessels, training vessels and hydrographic, amphibious and auxiliary vessels, however, the navy did not have 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. With this delivery, the Royal Moroccan Navy will reduce its dependence on commercial operations.
The Stan Tug 2208 has 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.