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BRAtt, Green Training Tugs

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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, providing a wide range of operational and safety training courses for marine personnel at all levels.  WMI is scheduled to take delivery of two BRAtt Class training vessels, one fully electric, and one hybrid-electric in 2011.  This will coincide with the introduction of its DNV certificated, advanced tug and pilot ship-handling courses, offering to the tug operators of the world the first such commercially certified training program with an international focus.  WMI will be the first such institute anywhere in the world with dedicated Z-drive training vessels. The BRAtt training tugs are the brainchild of Ron Burchett and Robert Allan Ltd., the result of a collaboration that recognized the global need for cost-effective Z-drive training vessels for today's commercial and naval ship Masters.  These vessels are designed exclusively by Robert Allan Ltd. Naval Architects of Vancouver, and will be built by Adrenalin Marine Ltd. of Delta, BC, which has been selected as the licensed builder for all BRAtts in North America


Robert Allan Celebrates 80 Years in Design

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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’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 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: Naval Architecture is in the Blood

Since the beginning of the 20th Century when Robert Allan's grandfather emigrated from Scotland to Canada, he treated the concept of naval architecture as a "science" rather than a trade. With little money but a lot of talent, the young man nurtured and grew a family business that would span three generations. From the time he accepted his first job as manager of a Canadian shipyard in 1919, Robert Allan started moving ideas from his head to innovative vessels


News: New ASD Ship-Handling Tug Designed by Robert Allan

In December 2002, the high performance tug Altug was completed by Uzmar-Uzmanlar Shipping and Trading Company Ltd. of Izmir, Turkey. This tug is the first of the new ASD 32/80 Class design developed by Robert Allan Ltd., of Vancouver, BC. It was built under direction of the Owners at the Ge-Ta Shipyard Particulars of the new ASD 32/80 Class tug. The propulsion system comprises a pair of Deutz Model SBV 8M 628 diesel engines, each rated 1,750 kW at 1,000 rpm


Colle Shipyard Contract, New ASD Tug

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John H. Colle, Jr., President of Colle Towing Company, Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., announced that Signet Maritime Corporation has awarded a new-build contract to Colle Shipyard for construction of Signet Weatherly, a Robert Allan designed RAmparts 3200 105-ft x 38-ft by 17.7-ft ASD tug.  The vessel will be built and classed to ABS Maltese Cross, AMS, Ocean Towing Service standards. She will be employed in Signet’s expanding US Gulf and overseas harbor


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


Brazil Shipyard Delivers Second RAmparts Tugboat

Tug SMIT Pareci: Photo Robert Allan

Designers Robert Allan inform that Keppel Singmarine Brasil Ltda. (KSMB), of Navegantes, Brazil have recently completed the construction of the 24m LOA 'SMIT Pareci', the second of a series of six Robert Allan designed RAmparts 2500 tugs, for SMIT Rebocadores do Brasil (Rebras), of Rio de Janeiro


Robert Allan Ltd. Boosts CFD Capability

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Robert Allan Ltd. Naval Architects said it will soon multiply its Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) computing power by a factor of six with the purchase of a new dedicated High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster. “Needless to say, this represents a major advancement in our processing


Engineering Efficiency on the Paraná

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A North American design tailored for South American operation: the new fleet of diesel-electric push boats engineered by Robert Allan Ltd. (RA) brings an improved level of performance to the Paraná River.     


UZMAR’s High-tech Tug Returns from Sea Trials

KOC Musaned-2 (Photo courtesy Uzmar)

The innovative, multipurpose, conventional propeller built, 20.4m in length overall, equipped with various machinery and systems that have never designed or build before, Line Handling Tug returns to UZMAR’s Izmit Shipyard Port on April 5, 2014, after the first stage of sea trials


Robert Allan Z-Tech Tugboats for Galveston, Texas, Harbour

Tugboat Zeus: Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

Designers, Robert Allan, inform that Leevac Shipyards has completed the construction of the second of their  Z-Tech designed 2400 tugs. The latest, 'Zeus', has been delivered to its owners Suderman & Young Towing Company of Houston, Texas following the earlier delivery of her sister


Diesel Electric River Push Boats Delivered

RAL designed advanced diesel electric shallow draft river push boat.

On February 21, 2014 UZMAR Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, announced the delivery of first two most advanced diesel electric shallow draft river push boats to Brazilian Owners, Hidrovias do Brazil S.A.  


SCHOTTEL Propelled Tugs for Post-Panamax Era

Tractor tug Cerro Itamut 2 x SCHOTTEL SRP 2020 © Astilleros Armon, Spanien: Cerro Itamut – one of 14 tractor tugs for the Panama Canal Authority propelled by two SRP 2020.

The Panama Canal Authority is investing in especially powerful tugs for the Post-Panamax era: 14 tractor tugs and 13 ASD tugs with SCHOTTEL propulsion systems were commissioned in the last four years. The youngest generation of 14 tractor tugs delivered by Astilleros Armon Shipyard was recently


Boat of the Month

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Alion & Robert Allan Team up to Deliver High Tech Research Vessel In the very near future, the new scientific Research Vessel Investigator will enter service for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Federal Government of Australia


Shuttle Tanker Conversion to FSO Contract for Robert Allan

An Offshore FPSO: File photo courtesy of Sevan

Robert Allan Ltd. says it has been selected by Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd. to provide the contract engineering package for the conversion of the M/V Navion Clipper from a shuttle tanker into a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit. Scope of work


UBC Undergrads' CAD Initiative Rewarded by SSI

The UBC students: Photo courtesy of SSI

Wishing to enhance their elegibility for jobs in Western Canada's expanding shipbuilding industry, a group of University of British Columbia (UBC) Mechanical Engineering students approached SSI about further training in the company's ShipConstructor CAD/CAM application


Robert Allan Ltd. Contracted for Teekay FSO Conversion

Robert Allan Ltd. announced that it was selected by Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd. to provide the contract engineering package for the conversion of the M/V Navion Clipper from a shuttle tanker into a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit.


Parana River Push Boats Named at UZMAR Turkey Shipyard

Hidrovias push boat: Image courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd

The first two in a series of 8 in total Robert Allan design SDP 4600 Class push boats have been named at a ceremony in the UZMAR, Turkey shipyard. The shipbuilders say that these are the world’s most powerful diesel electric triple Z-drive shallow draft push boats ever built


Handling Tug Meets the Sea at Uzmar

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On February 21, 2014, Uzmar Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, held a launching ceremony for the KOC MUSANED-2, the second of total 6 line handling tugs being built for Kuwait Oil Company’s tug fleet


Canadian Minister of Industry Visits KOTUG

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Canadian Minister of Industry, the Honorable James Moore, visited the KOTUG’s Headquarters and sailed on board of the hybrid Rotortug RT Adriaan, the so-called E-KOTUG, in the Port of Rotterdam. The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and the Minister of Industry


Robert Allan Sign Tugboat Design Contracts in Netherlands

Contract signing: Photo Robert Allan

Robert Allan Ltd informs of the signing of two contracts during a recent Canadian Trade Mission to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Details of the contracts are as follows: Contract for ART 80-32 The first signing covered the new ART 80-32, designed by Robert Allan Ltd


 
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