Morocco set to purchase two Avante patrol vessels

Spanish based Navantia is set to deliver two Avante class offshore patrol vessels to Morocco, as negotiations reach final stage.

The deal for the two Avante class vessels which was first reported in December last year, is currently awaiting approval of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. 

The two vessels would cost around 260 million euros, including a maintenance agreement.

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia first began actively promoting the Avante 3000 class of Offshore Patrol Vessel to the South African Navy in 2012.

The Avante vessels for Morocco would be similar to those built for Venezuela, at around 80 metres in length with a displacement of 1 500 tons. They have a crew of around 35 and space for about 30 extra people plus a helicopter.

Navantia developed a family of ships with different sizes from 300 t. to 3,000 t., and adapted to different missions, sharing design standard.

Darek Liam

Darek Liam is the North African editor for AMB, where he writes about the intersection of Technology and national security. He has been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade, previously as African Union correspondent.