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.
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. No stranger to fast deliveries, Damen is aiming to transport the completed pontoon to Morocco before the end of September 2015.
Reverse osmosis for drinking water
Damen will install two high capacity water makers and two air-cooled generator sets on board the pontoon. The water makers use reverse osmosis technology 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.
Standard, modular, flexible
The Damen Stan Pontoon 3011 is an ideal choice for such an assignment: Its standardised components and modular construction mean that Damen can deliver the finished pontoon within a very short timeframe. Furthermore, Damen Stan Pontoons serve as highly flexible platforms that can be fully customised to meet customer-specific requirements.
Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9, 000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5, 000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 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.
Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.
For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.