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Navantia will build a high-altitude patrol boat for the Royal Moroccan Navy

The contract will involve one million hours of work for the shipyards in the Bay of Cadiz and 250 jobs over the next three and a half years

Navantia has obtained a contract with the Royal Moroccan Navy to design and build a high-altitude patrol boat that will involve a million hours of work for the shipyards of the Bay of Cadiz, about 250 jobs over the next three and a half years. In these same shipyards will also be built the Underwater Maritime Intervention Vessel (BAM-IS) for the Spanish Navy.

The project has had the institutional support of the Government and its success opens the door to the hiring of other similar units, which would imply more hours of work and more employment for the shipbuilding industry. In April, Morocco communicated the specifications of the contract for the construction of the patrol vessel, which interested shipyards from several countries. Navantia submitted its offer in August and a team from the company went to Morocco to negotiate the technical and commercial aspects.

Since last September, the contacts between Navantia and the Moroccan National Defence Administration have been permanent to adapt all the technical specifications of the ship to the requirements of its Navy and to comply with the road map agreed in the negotiation. The contract includes the design of the ship and upon completion of the engineering work, construction will begin.

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