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Signet Continues Gulf Coast Fleet Expansion

Signet Intrepid

Signet Maritime Corporation continues to expand its diverse fleet by awarding a contract for the construction of two Robert Allan Ltd. designed tugs to Patti Marine Enterprises, Inc. in Pensacola, Florida.    This marks the ninth Signet/Robert Allan Ltd. design in 5 years.  Construction commenced in November 2012 with an expected delivery of December 2013 for the first vessel and March 2014 for the second vessel. Continuing the longstanding Signet tradition of naming vessels in honor of America’s Cup winners, the new RAmparts 3200 ASD tugs will be named M/V Signet Intrepid and M/V Signet Vigilant. These vessels are the fifth and sixth ASD tugboats delivered for Signet in less than three years and will operate from the International Operations Center in Ingleside, Texas, where they will primarily be used to perform offshore and inshore rig escort, barge, and subsea support work.   Once again, Signet reaffirms its commitment to building environmentally conscious tugboats that will adhere to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier III emissions regulations. The tugs will also feature C175-16 CAT engines, Markey Model DEPCF-52S winch, and Rolls Royce US 255 controllable pitch Z-drives. With 83 tons of Bollard Pull, these vessels will be powerful and offer improved reliability to handle the expanding needs of the marine transportation industry

Celebrating 75 Years of Ship Design

In 2005, Robert Allan Ltd will celebrate its 75th year of continuous business as a firm of Consulting Naval Architects. From its base in Vancouver, the company serves the international marine community with a wide range of specialized workboat designs, as it has done since its inception, through three generations of family ownership. The company has experienced considerable growth in the past decade, and currently has more than 30 vessels to its designs under construction around the world

Boston Towing to Get New Support Tugs

Boston Towing and Transportation Company have contracted with Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, B.C., to design a pair of new offshore LNG Terminal Support tugs to provide the services required for The Neptune LNG LLC, Deep Water Port, offshore Massachusetts Bay. The larger of the new vessels, designated as an ASD 39/70 Class tug by Robert Allan Ltd., will be the first of its kind built and operated in North America, although there are numerous other RALdesigned tugs

Royal Thai Navy Orders Harbor Tug

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The Royal Thai Navy has ordered a new 32-meter tug from shipbuilder Italthai Marine Limited of Thailand, announced the vessel’s designer, Robert Allan Ltd.   Italthai Marine, whose Managing Director Wirat Chanasit inked the construction deal with Navy Commander Admiral Krisorn Chansuvarnich on September 17, has entered a contract with Robert Allan Ltd. for its RAmparts 3200 Class Tug design, part of the popular RAmparts Series.  

Chinese yards to Deliver RAmparts Tugs

Construction at Sanlin Shipyard Photo Robert Allan

Robert Allan Ltd. has been hard at work in the Chinese market for the last few years, not only for various shipyard clients, but also for local owners. In addition to major international ports in China such as the Ports of Ningbo, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen, recent progress has been made on a regional level at the deep-water Port of Cao Fei Dian in northern China’s Bohai Bay in Hebei Province. Cao Fei Dian Port, with an annual cargo capacity over 100 million tonnes

New RAmparts 2400W Tug Chincha Launched

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

A new ASD tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. was launched on April 26, 2016 in Jiangsu Province, China for its Peruvian owners.   Based on Robert Allan Ltd.’s RAmparts 2400W class, the Chincha was built by Jiangsu Wuxi Shipyard and fully customized to meet her owner’s requirements. Chincha is the first of two RAmparts 2400W tugs to be built for the growing Peruvian maritime and port operations company, Trabajos Marítimos S.A. (Tramarsa)

Heavy-Duty Sea-Fire Systems Protect Crew and Tugs

To meet strict international codes, the marine transportation and logistics services company Signet Maritime Corporation recently installed Sea-Fire suppression and detection systems on three new tugs. Two of the vessels are 100' x 40' RAstar 3100 Class Terminal Support/Escort tugs. Built by Trinity Offshore, M/V Signet Stars & Stripes and M/V Signet Constellation were recently christened in Gulfport, Mississippi

Tarua 120: New Addition to Ramparts 2800 Class


In July 2012, Tarua 120 was delivered by shipyard Italthai Marine Limited to her owners, the Port Authority of Thailand.    This is the latest of the RAmparts 2800 Class Tugs to be built to this widely accepted design from Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, B.C. and is the first tug to be built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design in Thailand. Working in close cooperation with shipyard personnel, the standard Ramparts 2800 design is customized to meet the Port Authority of

RAmparts Tugs Delivered in China

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The first of a new series of the RAmparts 3500 Class ASD tug design was delivered to its Owners Tianjin Port, a port in the northern part of China. The vessel was constructed at Shanghai Harbor Fuxing Shipping Service Company, and was named Jin Gang Lun 26.A sister vessel is under construction at the same shipyard. The hull of the new 35 meter design has been developed from the very successful 32 meter Ramparts design series, of which more than 100 tugs have been built in the past decade

Sanmar Building 150th Robert Allan Designed Tug

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Robert Allan Ltd. and Sanmar Denizcilik A.S. have reached a milestone in their ongoing relationship: scheduled to be launched later this year, a RAstar 2800 will mark the 150th tug that Sanmar has built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design.   This milestone tug is the first of six custom designed for Svitzer’s new “Silver Bullet” project.   The cooperation between the two companies began in 1995

Wagenborg Launches New Tug Wild Maa

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On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Wagenborg launched the new tugboat Wild Maa in Groningen, the Netherlands.   Prior to the tandem lift, Wagenborg transferred the tug, weighing 253 metric tons and measuring 29 meters long and 10.3 meters wide

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year

Astican & Astander Continue to Invest

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Astican & Astander: pair of privately owned Spanish yards continue to invest in facilities and equipment   Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards

USN to Commission LCS Detroit

The future Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) is pierside on Detroits waterfront in preparation for its commissioning on Oct. 22, 2016. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit.

The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, Detroit (LCS 7), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 22 on Detroit's waterfront. Detroit is the sixth U.S. ship in our nation's history to be named in honor of city of Detroit.

Container Shippers Enhance Asia-Australia Network

In order to offer shippers a more comprehensive service on Asia-Australia trade, Evergreen Line, OOCL, MOL, "K" Line and YML are teaming up to offer a new joint North East Asia - Australia Express (NEAX).   This weekly service will utilize six ships of between 3,500 and 3

Newport News Names Cullen VP of Nuclear Propulsion

Mary Cullen (Photo: HII)

Mary Cullen has been appointed vice president of nuclear propulsion at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Cullen will assume her new role on November 14 following a transition into the job with the help of Barry Fletcher

Overcoming the Propeller Supply Bottleneck

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Hydrocomp’s ProCad facilitates in-house Process Control of Propeller Design and Manufacture.   Maritime Tactical Systems Inc. (MARTAC) is a Florida-based company building next-generation unmanned vessels for military applications

GasLog Orders New LNG Carrier from SHI

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 GasLog Ltd. today announces that it has signed a time charter party with Centrica plc. ("Centrica") to charter a vessel for a period of seven years. The vessel, a 180,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, has been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries

Liberia provides lead with BWMS proposal to IMO

David Pascoe Liberian Registry

The Liberian Maritime Administration is to introduce a proposal to the meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC70) in London on 24 October to allow certain ships additional time beyond 2020 to install adequate ballast water management systems as required under the Ballast

EMGS Amends Deal for Atlantic Guardian


Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has signed an extended charter agreement for the vessel Atlantic Guardian with North Sea Commander Shipping AS (owner of the vessel) at new and improved commercial terms. The new terms are valid as of 1 October 2016.

Ferus Smit Launches Arklow Cape

Photo: Simon Marrink

Shipbuilder Ferus Smit has launched new build M.V. Arklow Cape on Friday, October 21 at its Westerbroek shipyard in the Netherlands   Arklow Cape (Nb. 425) is the second vessel in a series of 10 that will be delivered to Irish owner Arklow Shipping.  

Fuel Data Analysis Improves Performance

(Photo: Royston Diesel Power)

Enginei fuel monitoring systems provide comprehensive fuel data analysis and reporting options to provide vessel owners and operators with detailed engine performance and other mission critical information.   To support workboats, offshore support fleets and inland waterway operators along

Glosten to Chair SNAME Shipbuilding Panel

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten said it will chair a panel on modern shipbuilding at this year’s SNAME Maritime Convention (SMC) in Bellevue, Wash. The panel will discuss new technologies in shipbuilding, how to address an aging workforce

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

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Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support

Retlif Opens Composites Testing Lab

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Retlif Testing Laboratories, an independent global provider of EMI/EMC and Environmental (ESS) testing and compliance services, has launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory.     The result of three years of planning

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