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Monday, May 29, 2017

Gondan Delivers Dual Fuel Tug

Photo: Gondan

After completing its sea trials program, DUX, the first dual fuel tug ever built in Europe, was delivered yesterday to its owner, the Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi A/S. This vessel is the first tugboat of a series of three. Designed by the Canadian company Robert Allan Ltd., the new escort tug, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam, will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya under severe weather conditions.

Robert Allan Ltd.: The Place that Launched 1,000 Tugs

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Over the last few years, as the design output from Robert Allan Ltd. to the global tugboat community began to border on the prodigious, we were often asked, “How many tugs has your company designed?” Until very recently we really did not have a good handle on that number, so the answer was usually either “a lot” or “many hundreds”, neither of which were particularly illuminating. So a search was begun late in 2016 to review our archives and try to determine the tug tally much more precisely. Would we rival Helen? Where did it all begin?

Foran Employed in Production Design of Pushboat

FORAN FViewer

FORAN has been used by the naval architecture firm ROBERT ALLAN LTD. in the review of the production design of 6000 HP Shallow Draft Pushboat, to be built in Erin Shipyard in Manaus, Brazil. ROBERT ALLAN Ltd., a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Company based in Vancouver, Canada signed a contract with SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A. (SENER) for the use of FORAN FVIEWER during this project. The 6000 HP Shallow Draft Pushboat was designed by ROBERT ALLAN LTD. for Hidrovias do Brasil. GHENOVA INGENIERIA & GHENOVA BRASIL are developing the complete 3D Model and 2D Production Design.

MN100: Robert Allan Ltd.

Mike Fitzpatrick (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

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 in creating cost-efficient vessels for service in the marine transportation industry. Ship Design Robert Allan Ltd. has an experienced, professional staff of Naval Architects and Engineers capable of handling any type of ship design, but the company is best known for tackling the innovative and unusual design problem.

Dmitry Kapiturov of Robert Allan acquires APEGBC Registration

Dmitry Kapiturov

Robert Allan Ltd. is pleased to announce that Mr. Dmitry Kapiturov has earned his accreditation as a Registered Professional Engineer with APEGBC (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia). He has been an integral part of the Robert Allan Ltd. team for the past 5 years where he has primarily been involved in management of the production design team and design of vessel structures. Prior to joining Robert Allan Ltd., Dmitry worked 3 years as a…

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. The first signing covered the new ART 80-32, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and incorporating a hybrid propulsion system developed by Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA). The vessels are under construction at the Damen Shipyard in Poland and will enter the KOTUG fleet later this year. The second signing covered the recently awarded contract for three offshore Rotor tugs, destined for service at the Shell “Prelude” FLNG facility off the coast of Northern Western Australia.

Ningbo Port Orders New Dual-fuel Tug

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Ltd. On October 21, Robert Allan Ltd. was awarded a contract by Ningbo Port Company Ltd. in China for a RAstar 4200-DF Class dual-fuel (LNG-MDO) tug. The award of this contract builds on a history of collaboration between the two companies on several series of tug designs, dating back to 2004, and includes multiple series of 32- to 39-meter-long tugs (4,800 to 7,200 horsepower), including the recent Yong Gang Tuo 31. The new RAstar 4200-DF tug will be powered by a pair Niigata 8L28AHX-DF dual-fuel engines…

Pelindo III to Receive 15 Tugs in Indonesia

Image: Robert Allan

In early 2015, Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, Canada was awarded a contract to provide four customized versions of its distinctive RAzer series designs of ASD tugboats to the Indonesia Port Corporation, “PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO)”, commonly known as Pelindo III. While Robert Allan Ltd. had long been very active in the Asian market, these designs were its first directly for a company from Indonesia, a country estimated to employ more than 2,000 tug boats.

Cheoy Lee Joins Robert Allan “Century Club”

Cheoy Lee Shipyards launched the 100th vessel it has built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design Photo Robert Allan Ltd

On April 26, 2016, Cheoy Lee Shipyards launched the 100th vessel it has built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design, becoming the second shipyard worldwide to do so, after Sanmar’s initial achievement of this milestone in 2013. This epic tug, Hull Number 5098 at Cheoy Lee, is a RAstar 3200 class ASD tug, with completion expected in August, 2016. At present Cheoy Lee’s Hin Lee yard in China is very busy with a flotilla of Robert Allan Ltd. tugs at various stages of completion. The cooperation between Robert Allan Ltd.

Cheoy Lee Joins the Robert Allan Ltd. ‘Century Club’

(Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

On April 26, 2016, China’s Cheoy Lee Shipyards launched its 100th vessel built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design, becoming the second shipyard worldwide to do so, following Sanmar’s achievement in 2013. The cooperation between Robert Allan Ltd. and Cheoy Lee dates back to 2003, with the construction of the first of the Z-Tech series tugs for PSA Marine. The milestone tug, Hull Number 5098 at Cheoy Lee, is a RAstar 3200 class ASD tug, with completion expected in August, 2016. Cheoy Lee’s Hin Lee yard in China is presently busy with a flotilla of Robert Allan Ltd.

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. 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, with a series of small 18m tugs designed and built for Sanmar’s own fleet. Sanmar’s rate of deliveries has since escalated dramatically…

Reeve's Joins Robert Allan Ltd

Robert Allan Ltd. announced that Henry Reeve, P.E. (BASc, UBC Mech 95, Masters, NA and Offshore Engineering, Berkley ’97) has joined Robert Allan Ltd. as a Senior Naval Architect. Reeve’s areas of expertise include hydrodynamics and motions, mooring, resistance predictions, stability (ship and offshore), model testing, CFD analysis, regulatory and classification issues, and vessel survey.  He has worked on the naval architecture aspects of CNG and LNG Terminals and Ships, SWATHs, Ro-Ro Ferries, MODU’s, FPSOs and FSOs, SPARs, TLPs and Offshore Current Turbines.  

Robert Allan Ltd. Named CIMarE Charter Member

Robert Allan Ltd. announced its election as the Charter Corporate Member of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE) Roll number 0001. CIMarE national council created the corporate membership class in an effort to further engage corporations, organizations, societies and professional associations in support of the activities of the organization. CIMarE was incorporated by federal charter in 1976 to promote the maritime industry and its associated professions. Over the years…

Robert Allan Ltd. Restructures

Robert Allan Ltd. announced that a long-planned re-structuring of the company has just been completed. Effective July 2008, Robert G. Allan has been appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board and remains at the helm. A core group of senior employees have become shareholders of Robert Allan Ltd., and will become increasingly involved in the company business. Robert Allan Ltd. The new organization will establish the culture of employee ownership and facilitate the succession from generation to generation. Assuming the position of President will be Ken Harford, P. Eng., who has been a key figure in the company for the past twenty years, most recently as Vice-President of Marine Engineering.

MN 100: Robert Allan Ltd.

Executive Chairman of the Board: Robert G. 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. The company was restructured in 2008 to become employee owned with the firm’s senior leadership becoming shareholders in the business. In addition to ship design, Robert Allan Ltd. offers a range of marine engineering analysis services…

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, providing a wide range of operational and safety training courses for marine personnel at all levels.

Damen to Build Robert Allan Designed Rotor Tugs

ART 80-32 class Rotor® Tug: Image credit Robert Allan

Two new ART 80-32class Rotor tugs, the first vessels designed for KST B.V. under the recent agreement naming Robert Allan Ltd. as the exclusive designer of Rotor tugs, are to be built by the Damen Shipyards group for owners Elizabeth Ltd. This is the first time that the Damen Group will build a design from Robert Allan Ltd. Kotug has provided significant input into the requirements for this design, and Robert Allan Ltd., has developed a unique, customized design optimized for their operations.

BV Accepts Standardized CFD Predictions

Bureau Veritas (BV) has authorized on an “Approval in Principle” basis a new Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-based performance prediction methodology developed by Robert Allan Ltd. as the basis for formally granting the service notation Escort Tug. While previously some classification societies have approved computer-based escort predictions for new tugs on a case by case basis, the majority still require a full-scale trial before issuing an escort notation and the associated escort numeral.

Robert Allan Ltd. and Rotortug (KST) B.V. Sign Agreement

Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver, B.C., and Rotortug (KST) B.V. of Rotterdam, Netherlands are very pleased to announce the initiation today of a new strategic alliance for the future development of the Rotor Tug concept. Under this Agreement Robert Allan Ltd will now act as the exclusive designer for all Rotor Tugs. The Agreement covers the continuous technical development for all existing and future Rotor ® Tug designs. The Rotor® Tug line will be added to Robert Allan Ltd.’s design…

Webb, Christopher Join Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Ltd. announced the recent appointment of two senior staff members. Roland (Rollie) Webb has been appointed as Manager, New Construction. Webb comes to Robert Allan Ltd. with many years of shipbuilding and management experience across Canada and in the United States. From 1993 to 2003, Web was President of Todd Pacific Shipyard Corporation, Seattle, WA, and most recently was President, Shipyards at Washington Marine Group, Vancouver, BC. Webb will be responsible for the overall management of our numerous new vessel construction projects around the world. David H.

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, these vessels also serve as incident command centers or as primary response vessels for any local emergency actions requiring water-based control. Robert Allan Ltd. was awarded a contract in the summer of 2011 to prepare plans and specifications for a pair of fireboats for the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

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). Tramarsa has been in business since 1990 and operated harbor tugs built to Robert Allan Ltd. designs since 2000.

Robert Allan, Uzmar Shipyard Ink Tug Deal

Contract signing Photo Robert Allan

Robert Allan Ltd. has signed a contract during the recent International Workboat Show in New Orleans, USA. Robert Allan Ltd. and Uzmar Shipyard signed documents commencing a new high performance escort tug project that is an example of the continuing strong co-operation existing between the two companies. Uzmar has now built over 90 Robert Allan Ltd. designed tugs and workboats since the first project in 1996, ranging in size from 15 m aluminium catamarans, to 36 m escort tugs, to 46 m shallow draft pushboats.

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