Royal Moroccan Navy orders water barge from Damen for drought relief

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The Royal Moroccan Navy, in response to the severe drought that is currently affecting the country, recently awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract to supply a Stan Pontoon 3011 Water Barge.

Due to the urgent need for water in the region, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, the Netherlands, is putting all its efforts into a fast delivery, the company said this week, with delivery scheduled for before the end of September.

Combining a Stan Pontoon 3011 with water making technology is a first for Damen. Bringing both technologies together in one unit is a unique and innovative solution to the current water shortage in Morocco, Damen said.

Damen will install two high capacity reverse osmosis water makers and two air-cooled generator sets on board the pontoon to produce clean drinking water. The method is particularly attractive as it can produce potable water from virtually any water source. It is also a relatively energy efficient process.



After delivery, the Royal Moroccan Navy will manage the deployment and operation of the vessel. With its advanced logistics capacities, the Navy is well placed to provide such vital humanitarian support. They will transport the vessel to the worst affected areas to deliver a water making capacity of 1,500m3 per hour. The water can then either be stored on board the pontoon in bunkers or pumped ashore via a pipeline.