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MN 100: Robert Allan Ltd.

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 12, 2014

230-1639 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1H3, Canada
Tel: (604) 736-9566   
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. 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, including: electrical systems, machinery life cycle costs, machinery systems evaluation and selection, noise and vibration control, propeller design and performance prediction, propulsion control and automation system, resistance and propulsion and shafting system design.

The Case:
Over time, Robert Allan Ltd. has grown to earn an international reputation for innovative designs for a wide range of ships in the marine transportation industry, including designs for hundreds of vessels of almost all types, from small fishing boats to ocean-going ferries. But the firm is best known for its work in the fields of tug and barge transportation, ship-assist and escort tugs, fast patrol craft, fireboats and shallow-draft vessels. Robert Allan Ltd. also offers to its worldwide client base of shipowners, shipyards, government agencies, consultants and legal firms marine consulting activities involving virtually every aspect of ship design, construction management, vessel maintenance and operation.

(As published in the August 2014 edition of Marine News -

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