MN100: 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.
Primary Product / Service:
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. Starting by working with our clients to develop a clearly defined statement of operational requirements, design drawings and specifications are prepared to suit the client’s specific vessel and construction requirements and budget. The scope of services can range from concept outlines, through complete design documentation for contract bidding and Classification Society approval, to construction working drawings. Use of the latest in CAD facilities expedites and improves the accuracy of every aspect of the ship design process. Marine Engineering analysis services are offered in a wide range of subjects, as well. Robert Allan Ltd. offers professional consulting services in a wide range of marine engineering topics. Fully qualified, experienced staff is supported by a network of professional associates in specialized disciplines, and by extensive in-house computing facilities. Marine Engineering analysis services are offered in a wide range of subjects, as well.
Recent Highlights / Deliveries / Contracts:
Robert Allan Ltd. and Sanmar have introduced the new VectRA series of Voith tractor tugs. The new and innovative VectRA 3000 Class Tug is a high performance VSP Tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd in close collaboration with Turkish ship builder Sanmar and Voith Turbo Propulsion. Performance has been verified with extensive model tests at the commencement of the design cycle. The unique propulsion arrangement features high speed diesel engines connected to the Voith units via reduction gearboxes with integral clutches. With a bollard pull of 70 tonnes, the VectRA 3000 form can generate escort steering forces in excess of 100 tonnes. In early 2015, Robert Allan was awarded a contract to provide 4 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 specifically designed for an Indonesian client in one of the largest tugboat markets in the world.
Robert Allan Ltd. is a world leader in innovative Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, with a particular focus on the Tug and fireboat sectors. Robert Allan Ltd. has won many awards for their design work from a variety of publications.
(As published in the August 2016 MN100 edition of Marine News)