France’s Piriou completes refit of Moroccan patrol vessel


French shipyard Piriou has completed the refit of the Royal Moroccan Navy’s patrol vessel Rais Bargach, after more than a year of work.

The 65 metre long vessel arrived at Piriou’s facilities in February 2016 and underwent extensive refit work. This included replating the side and bottom of the vessel; painting; refurbishing accommodation; replacing gearboxes; upgrading the propulsion system; adding two new generators; replacing the emergency generator; and replacing and refurbishing other components like the ammunition store, Piriou said on 18 July.

Vincent Faujour, Piriou group CEO, said that “Piriou, in accordance with its global service strategy, carries on with its partnership with the Royal Moroccan Navy. Following the delivery of the 50 metre land craft tanker Sidi Ifni in July 2016, we just delivered the Rais Bargach patrol vessel after major refit. It will be followed by the delivery of the 72 metre oceanographic multi-mission vessel presently under construction at Piriou shipyard in Concarneau”.

The Rais Bargach was built in 1995. It displaces 600 tons and is powered by two WARTSILA NOHAB 16V25 engines developing 7 600 kW and giving a top speed of 23 knots.

The vessel departed Concarneau on 15 July.