January 8, 2021 (Google Translation) – Navantia has obtained a contract with the Royal Moroccan Navy to design and build a high-altitude patrol boat that will mean one million hours of work for the shipyards in the Bay of Cádiz, about 250 jobs over the next three and a half years. The Underwater Intervention Maritime Action Vessel (BAM-IS) for the Spanish Navy will also be built in these same shipyards.
The contract was announced this Friday by the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, during a visit to the San Fernando shipyard in which she was accompanied by the president of Navantia, Belén Gualda. The project has had the institutional support of the Government and its success opens the door to hiring other similar units, which would imply more hours of work and more employment for the naval industry.
Morocco communicated in April the specifications of the contract for the construction of the patrol boat, in which shipyards from several countries were interested. Navantia presented its offer in August and a team from the company traveled to Morocco to negotiate the technical and commercial aspects.
Since last September, the contacts between Navantia and the Moroccan National Defense Administration have been permanent to adapt all the technical specifications of the ship to the requirements of its Navy and comply with the roadmap agreed in the negotiation.
The contract announced today by the Minister of Finance includes the design of the ship. Once the engineering works have been completed, construction will begin. Navantia already supplied patrol boats and a corvette to the Royal Moroccan Navy in the eighties and this contract takes up that path.
The high altitude patrol boat is part of Navantia’s Strategic Plan. It is a highly demanded vessel in the international arena, with consequent export opportunities to other countries.
Navantia is also studying different commercial options for its shipyards in Cartagena, where the S-80 submarine is currently being built, and Ferrol, where the F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy will be built. This last program is part of the provisions of the company’s Strategic Plan, which is committed to consolidating this shipyard as a world benchmark in the design and construction of next-generation frigates and as a catalyst for Shipyard 4.0, vital to ensure the sustainability of Navantia in the medium and long term.