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Oben Naki Heads to Canada

Oben Naki

Emphasising the close working relationship which exists between naval architects Robert Allan Ltd and Turkish shipbuilders Sanmar Ltd, Sanmar's Oben Naki has relocated to Vancouver BC to join the Canadian designers as contracts manager (Turkey). Naki joined Sanmar Shipyards in 2007 immediately on qualifying as a naval architect and marine engineer. He has since gone on to obtain an MBA at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey’s leading educational establishment. Sanmar has currently constructed some 120 tugs of various sizes and power to Robert Allan designs.

MN 100: Robert Allan Ltd.

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230-1639 West 2nd Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 1H3, Canada Tel: (604) 736-9566    Email: Website: President: Ken Harford Executive Chairman of the Board: Robert G. Allan The Company: Robert Allan Ltd. is Canada’s oldest private consulting Naval Architectural firm. Established in Vancouver in 1930, the company first produced designs for the British Columbia fishing fleet and coastal ferry services, among others

BRAtt, Green Training Tugs


Robert Allan Ltd., Western Maritime Institute, and Corvus Energy Limited announced that a contract will be signed for the design and construction of the world's first "green" training tugs at the International Tug & Salvage (ITS 2010) Conference, to be held in Vancouver in May 2010.  Western Maritime Institute (WMI) is an accredited marine training institute located near Ladysmith on Vancouver Island

Robert Allan Celebrates 80 Years in Design

Photo courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.

In May 2010, in conjunction with the presence of the International Tug & Salvage Conference in Vancouver, Robert Allan Ltd. will celebrate its 80th continuous year in business as an independent, privately held, consulting Naval Architecture firm. The firm will commemorate this significant milestone in its history with many of its local and international clients who will be attending the conference. Robert Allan Ltd

VPA Welcomes First Patrol Boat in 10 Years

Allied Shipbuilders of North Vancouver, B.C. delivered the new patrol vessel Takaya to Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) – its first new patrol vessel in 10 years. The vessel’s namesake is attributed to the First Nations people who inhabit Burrard Inlet. Designed by Robert Allan, Naval Architects of Vancouver, under the direction of Hans Muhlert, the new vessel is representative of an investment ensuring that the VPA is able to offer the utmost in services to its clients on an ongoing 24-hour

Robert Allan Highlight Sanmar's Bogacay Series Tugboats

Bogacay I Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

So far two Boğaçay series RAmparts 2400SX tugs have been delivered. The 'Bogacay I' was delivered to new owners Gemport in Turkey and renamed Zeycan Y. The second hull of the series, 'Bogacay II' has entered into service in Sanmar’s fleet. In late 2011, Sanmar A.S. contracted with Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, B.C., Canada to provide a design for a new tug series to add to Sanmar’s expanding product portfolio

Most Powerful Canadian Icebreaking Tug Enters Service

Launch of heavy tug Ocean Tundra: Photo credit Robert Allan

The 6000 kW ASD tug 'Ocean Tundra' has been commissioned into service by owners, Ocean Groupe Inc. (Ocean) of Quebec City, Canada. This icebreaking escort tug, say designers Robert Allan, becomes the most powerful tug in Canadian registry, and heralds a new generation of tugs which will provide year-round escort towing  to Canada’s east coast and the St. Lawrence River and Seaway system. The 36m long Ocean Tundra is the latest addition to the TundRA 100 series (with a nominal 100

Robert Allan’s Turkish Tug Connection

Photo courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.

For more than fifteen years Robert Allan Ltd. has had tugs built to their designs by a cadre of Turkish shipyards. In that 15 years there has been almost one new tug delivery every month to a Robert Allan Ltd. design in Turkey. To date more than 150 tugs have been Turkish-built, and even in a slightly reduced market this year, compared to the heady days of 2008–2009, there are at least 15 Robert Allan Ltd. designs under construction there today. Robert Allan Ltd

Robert Allen Designed Tug Launched in Italy

Turchia next to step sister Norvegia

Rimorchiatori Riuniti bolsters Porto di Genova fleet with another Robert Allan Ltd. designed tug Rimorchiatori Riuniti currently operates five Robert Allan Ltd. designed tugs in its Porto di Genova fleet, including two AVT 2700 harbor escort tugs (Svezia and Inghilterra), one AVT 3600 offshore towing and escort tug (Messico) and two RAmparts 2,400W ASD harbor tugs (Norvegia and Spagna).    The company has recently bolstered its Genova fleet with a new RAmparts 2400SX

Canadian Tugboat Industry Conference Judged a Success

The 20th BC Tugboat Industry Conference was held May 23-25, 2013 in Victoria, BC. According to BC Shipping News, in addition to a retrospective of the industry – including presentations from Allan Fowlis (retired, Seaspan) who gave personal insights into the industry in its characters, and Leo Stradiotti (North Arm Transportation) who presented a pictoral of BC tugs from old to new – speakers such as Robert G.Allan (Robert Allan Ltd.), Fred Denning (BC Coast Pilots Ltd

Robert Alan Designed ATB Tugs for ITB Marine

ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs photo Robert Alan

The ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. The tugs are being built at their Annacis Island Shipyard near Vancouver. The tugs will be connected by an articulating pin system

Robert Allan, Sanmar Design New Z-drive Tractor Tug

Image: Sanmar

The TRAktor-Z 2500SX is the new Z-drive tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. in collaboration with Sanmar Shipyards. Engineered for maximum efficiency in both harbor ship handling and towing duties, this compact, under 24 m rule length design offers dependable omnidirectional performance for

Zamakona Delivers Tug for Boluda


The work of Astilleros Zamakona's collaboration with Robert Allan as a designer and experience of Boluda Towage and Salvage as an operator in tow obtained from this new construction 768 tugboat VB XALOC type AVT will be from now on the tugboat reference for port operations, towing and escort.

First Carrousel-RAVE Tug Under Construction in Hamburg

Photo: Robert Allen Ltd.

Construction of the first Carrousel-RAVE tug has begun at Theodor Buschmann Shipyard in Hamburg.    This novel design features the Robert Allan Ltd. and Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG developed RAVE propulsion with drives arranged inline along the centreline of the hull

RAstar 3200 for Mauritius Ports Authority

RAstar 3200 for the Mauritius Ports Authority

Robert Allan Ltd. has added yet another vessel to its popular RAstar 3200 Series design, this one constructed by Hong Kong’s Cheoy Lee Shipyards for the Mauritius Ports Authority. The RAstar 3200 terminal support tug, Sir Edouard, was delivered August 21

Expansion of the RAmparts 3200-CL Fleet

RAmparts 3200-CL

The RAmparts 3200-CL was developed by Robert Allan Ltd. exclusively for Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Hong Kong. Since the first tug of this design was delivered in 2011, Cheoy Lee has delivered over 20 units of this series to its clients around the world.

Gondan Launches Second Dual Fuel Tug Built in Europe

The launching of the second dual fuel tug built in Europe

Today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, at high tide, the second Dual Fuel tug ever built in Europe – and the second of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi - has been successfully launched.

Svitzer Amstel is Named in the Netherlands

(Photo: Sanmar)

 A naming ceremony was held on August 30, 2016 for Svitzer Amstel, a new Sanmar ASD 60-metric-ton bollard pull tug operating in the Port of Amsterdam.   The naming ceremony of Svitzer Amstel built by Sanmar Shipyards, was hosted by Port Towage Amsterdam

Eastern Delivers MPFSV to Harvey Gulf

Harvey Stone (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the M/V Harvey Stone on August 29, 2016 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans.   The Harvey Stone, Eastern Hull 234, is a Rampage 6400 Multi-Purpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV), designed by Robert Allan

Another Tug Launched for Suderman & Young

Poseidon (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. said it launched on August 15, 2016 the final vessel in a series of four Z-Tech Class Terminal & Escort Tugs being constructed for Suderman & Young Towing Company. The tug Poseidon is scheduled to be delivered later in 2016.  

Svitzer Team Visits Sanmar Shipyards

Photo: Sanmar

Members of Svitzer's management team visited both of Sanmar’s shipyards to monitor the progress of existing orders and discuss further existing contracts between the towage and emergency response firm and the Turkish shipbuilder. Svitzer ‘s chief technical officer, Kristian Brauner

Tough Twins: New Fireboats for Port of Long Beach

(Photo: City of Long Beach)

Canada based naval architect and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. is a leading designer of high-performance response vessels of many types and in particular, large fireboats for major ports worldwide. In addition to the vessels’ outwardly obvious role of fighting fires

Eastern Delivers Escort Tug to Suderman & Young

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

On July 29, 2016, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered Oceanus (Hull# 240), the third in series of four identical Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built for Suderman & Young Towing Company at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility.  

MN100: Robert Allan Ltd.

Mike Fitzpatrick (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

The Company: With about 82 employees, Robert Allan Ltd. is Canada’s most senior consulting Naval Architectural firm, established in Vancouver, B.C. in 1930. The company has earned an international reputation for innovative, successful designs for a wide range of ships and has been a leader

Sanmar Building 150th Robert Allan Designed Tug

Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

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.  

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