French Shipbuilder, Piriou delivered a 72-m hydro-oceanographic and multi-missions vessel (BHO2M) RMNS Dar Al Beida to the Royal Moroccan Navy during a ceremony in Concarneau, France on Oct. 26.
This contract is the third the Royal Moroccan Navy entrusts Piriou with – following the contract for the building of a 50 m Landing Craft Tank and the refit of offshore patrol vessel, Rais Bargach (OPV-64).
The BHO2M is able to fulfil long lasting operations, mainly hydrographic and oceanographic missions such as the completion of topographic studies, data acquisition and process, scientific sampling and the related analyses. She is fitted with an appendix where the acoustic bases of the scientific equipment -including the two multibeam echo sounders- are located. As the most high performance vessel of her generation regarding acoustics, the BHO2M will be able to achieve these missions at high speed while in a rough sea.
The vessel will also be able to conduct patrol, humanitarian assistance, special forces or divers deployment, search and rescue (SAR), and environment protection missions.
The BHO2M is a last generation scientific vessel equipped with systems matching the topographic studies answering the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards. She was designed based on the Multi-Missions Vessel (B2M) presently under construction in Concarneau for the French Navy.
The contract team is comprised of:
+ PIRIOU who ensures the vessel design, studies and building.
+ The SHOM (French Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department) for the scientific part of the vessel and the training of the technicians of the Hydrography, Oceanography and Cartography Division (DHOC) of the Royal Moroccan Navy.
+ KERSHIP for the expertise in military systems and contract management.
“We are very pleased and honoured to deliver this second vessel to the Moroccan Royal Navy. Thanks in particular to a close and crucial collaboration with the SHOM, we have designed a performing vessel with all the qualities required to become the new reference in terms of hydro-oceanographic vessel”, said Vincent Faujour, General Manager at Piriou.
“Following on from the expedition vessel YERSIN delivered in 2015 and the Polar Logistic Vessel L’Astrolabe’ delivered in 2017, PIRIOU thus confirms its ability to design and build very technical vessels.”
+ Length overall – 72 m
+ Breadth – 15 m
+ Max. draught – 5 m
+ Max. Speed – 14 kn
+ Range – 5000 NM @ 10 kn/ 30 days
+ Hull /superstructure – steel
+ Crew + special personnel – 50
+ Propulsion – Electric – AFE type powered by 4 gensets x 1200KW
+ Special equipment – Intervention boats, two hydrographic speedboats and one workboat.
Hydrographic and oceanographic equipment onboard the vessel includes Multibeam and single beam echo sounders, Sub-bottom profiler, Side scan sonar, Magnetometer, Moving vessel profiler, Conductivity temperature depth (CTD) probe, Expendable bathythermograph, Hull sound velocity, Thermosalinograph, Weather station, Acoustic Doppler current profiler, Gravity corer, Corer, and Data acquisition system.