Royal Moroccan

In a third recent construction contract with Damen Shipyards Group, the Royal Moroccan Navy has ordered five Interceptor 1503 vessels. The vessels will be mobilised to combat illegal activities such as terrorism and smuggling in Moroccan waters.

Speeds of 50 to 60 knots are achieved through the combination of raw power, low weight and efficient hull form
Speeds of 50 to 60 knots are achieved through the combination of raw power, low weight and efficient hull form

Designed for ultra-fast operations, the Interceptor 1503 can reach speeds of up to 60 knots/69 mph/111 km/h. This impressive figure is achieved by combining an outstanding propulsion system with cutting edge lightweight composite materials.

The power originates from three diesel engines, each driving a separate stern drive. The hull is constructed from fibre-reinforced plastic in an epoxy resin matrix – renowned for its resistance to impact and fatigue as well as its lightweight properties.

Perfectly suited for tracking down and taking appropriate action on illegal activities, the highly manoeuvrable Interceptors have additional space in the cockpit for search and rescue survivors.

As international security issues have heightened over the last decade, Damen has witnessed growing interest in its range of Interceptor vessels. To respond to this demand, the company is continuing to invest in a substantial Research and Development programme to design and build safe, strong and ultra-fast composite vessels.

Although the Interceptor has been in Damen’s portfolio for some time, this latest order for such a highly valued customer is a prime example of such committed research. The five vessels are in fact the first in a new series of reengineered vessels.

All five Interceptor 1503 vessels will be constructed at Damen’s state-of-the-art shipyard specialising in composite vessel construction. The first vessel will be delivered in June 2016 followed thereafter by one vessel every six weeks.

The dependable hard-chined, non-stepped hull design guarantees predictable and safe operations at high speed
The dependable hard-chined, non-stepped hull design guarantees predictable and safe operations at high speed

 

SPECIFICATION

GENERAL
HULL & DECK MATERIAL Glass & carbon reinforced epoxy
SUPERSTRUCTURE Aluminium 5083 and 6000 series
BASIC FUNCTIONS Anti-smuggling interceptor duties
CLASSIFICATION (OPTIONAL) Bureau Veritas & MCA
Special Service/Interceptor, Coastal area
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH O.A. 47.8 feet/14.57 m
BEAM O.A. 9.55 feet/2.91 m
DRAUGHT (DRIVES UP/DOWN) 2.62/3.94 feet/0.8/1.2 m
HULL TYPE 26º deep-V
DISPLACEMENT 7-9 tonnes
CAPACITIES
FUEL OIL (TOTAL) 317 Gallon/1,200 L
CREW 6 persons
PASSENGERS (SLOW SPEED) 10 persons
ENDURANCE (AT 45 KNOTS/52 MPH/83 KM/H) 155 NM/178 miles/287 km
PERFORMANCE (TRIALS)
CRUISING SPEED 45 knots/52 mph/83 km/h
MAXIMUM SPEED 60 knots/69 mph/111 km/h
PROPULSION SYSTEM
MAIN ENGINES 3 × MDS VGT-32 diesel
TOTAL POWER 3 × 373 kW/3500 rpm
GEARBOXES ZF
STERNDRIVES Konrad 660 DP
PROPELLERS Stainless steel
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
NETWORKS 12V DC
DECK LAY-OUT
ANCHOR EQUIPMENT 1 × SHHP
FENDERING Resilient deck fender
SAFETY Operator Protection Zone with 6 saddle seats
AUXILIARY SYSTEMS
BILGE PUMPS 3 × hand operated
2 × electrically driven
CATHODIC PROTECTION Impressed current
STEERING Full power steering, manual back-up
TRIM TABS Twin electro-hydraulic
FIRE EXTINGUISHING Aerosol system in engine room
NAUTICAL, SURVEILLANCE AND COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
SEARCHLIGHTS 2 × 100W 12V
COMPASS GPS/Magnetic
RADAR Marine type, X-band
VHF’S 2 × watertight IMO
GPS/DGPS Chart plotter with C-Map memory cartridge
CREW INTERCOM Intercom 6-way system
6 voiceducers
2 radio operators
UHF/FM TRANSCEIVER Portable 403-433 MHz
Portable 440-470 MHz
Damen Interceptors are rugged workboats, not upgraded and grey painted pleasure boats
Damen Interceptors are rugged workboats, not upgraded and grey painted pleasure boats