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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Robert Allan Ltd News

Mike Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick Appointed President of Robert Allan

The Board of Directors of Robert Allan Ltd. have accepted the announcement from Ken Harford, P. Eng. of his intention to retire in June, 2016 after eight years of leadership at Robert Allan Ltd. “Having completed the ownership transition from Rob Allan and his family to a group of senior managers and subsequently involving a further group of dedicated employees in the company ownership, it is time to pass the helm to the next generation” Harford said. The company informed that…

Rollie Webb (Photo courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd.)

Robert Allan Ltd. Appoints Webb as Senior VP

The Board of Directors of Robert Allan Ltd. has announced the recent appointment of Rollie Webb as senior vice president.   In this newly-created position, Webb will work very closely with and support Mike Fitzpatrick, the new company president, in all business development and business management tasks. Webb has been with Robert Allan Ltd. since 2008, serving as the senior project director, and brings to the firm expertise in shipbuilding, shipyard management and contract management, serving in senior management positions in shipyards in Canada and the U.S.  

Left to Right: Mijndert Wiesenekker, Damen; Todd Barber, Robert Allan Ltd; Evan Willemsen, Rotortug

Damen to Build Rotortug Pair for Elisabeth Ltd.

Rotortug said that Elisabeth Ltd. has placed a new building order with Damen Shipyards for the construction of two Hybrid Advanced Rotortugs, ART 80-32 of 80 tons bollard pull. imultaneously Elisabeth Ltd ordered two ART 80-32, with Fifi 1, at Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd. They  will be the first series of Rotortugs to be built at Damen Shipyards and Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd and will be added to the Kotug fleet. This ART 80-32 is the  third Rotortug design originating from  the co-operation between Rotortug and Robert Allan Ltd and the follow up on the first Hybrid Rotortug ever…

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

Damen to Build Robert Allan Designed Rotor Tugs

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.

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…

A worker’s torch cuts metal in the raised forecastle that will house the pin rooms. (Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins)

New ATB Builds for Island Tug & Barge

Over the years Vancouver, BC based Island Tug and Barge (ITB) has refurbished and repowered older vessels and completed new vessels. The company is currently working on its most ambitious and innovative project to date. In its Annacis Island Shipyard, located undercover in a pair of huge leased warehouses on the Fraser River, ITB is building two tugs that will be paired with two of its existing barges. The two boats are built with pins for use in an articulated tug and barge application.

Haig-Brown photos courtesy of Cummins Marine

Robert Allan Ltd. In Manaus

There are probably more Robert Allan-designed ship docking tugs under construction world wide than any other design. So it is not surprising to see one under construction at the Estaleiros Rio Negro Ltda. (ERIN Shipyard) in Manaus, Brazil. It is undoubtedly the only Rampat 2400 being built in a yard1000 miles from the sea. But then Manaus, like so much of contemporary Brazil demands superlatives for accuracy. The first of three Rampart 2400 ship docking tugs under construction at the yard is showing the distinctive Robert Allan Ltd. lines.

RAL, Ausenco Sandwell Team for CG Bid

One of Canada’s most storied naval architecture firms, Robert Allan Ltd., and Canada’s leading arctic and offshore engineering firm, Ausenco Sandwell, formed a joint venture -— Canada’s Arctic SAGE Team -— to bid for the design of  the Canadian Coast Guard’s new flagship icebreaker. “Canada’s Arctic SAGE Team brings together the most experienced, skilled and talented team in the world on ice breaker technology,” says Robert Allan Ltd.’s Executive Chairman, Rob Allan. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the new icebreaker project in August of 2008. The ship, to be named CCGS John G.

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

Cheoy Lee Joins Robert Allan “Century Club”

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.

Tai Pari in New Zealand waters

2 Tugs from Robert Allan for Tauranga Port

The Tai Pari and Tai Timu, two RAmparts 2400W Class tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver, Canada, have been delivered by Cheoy Lee Shipyards to the Port of Tauranga Limited. The Tai Pari arrived in New Zealand on June 5 after a 30 day voyage on her own bottom. The Tai Timu departed Hong Kong on May 30 and is expected to arrive at the end of June. These two vessels represent a significant upgrade to the Port of Tauranga's fleet. These RAmparts 2400W hulls feature standard RAmparts class characteristics including good dead-rise for improved thruster performance…

RAstar Series tugs are well proven LNG terminal supportescort tugs, in operation at major LNG facilities worldwide

RAstar Tugs Selected Again for LNG Terminal Support

The Robert Allan Ltd. RAstar Series tugs are well proven LNG terminal support/escort tugs, in operation at major LNG facilities worldwide, including terminals in the United Kingdom, Yemen, Mexico, Indonesia, Norway, and the United States. Now Smit Lamalco has introduced five new RAstar 3400 escort tugs to the Port of Gladstone in Australia for LNG terminal support with the fifth and final vessel having just safely arrived in the Port. The five tugs SL Curtis Island, SL Quoin Island…

Taryn Loutit (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Loutit Awarded Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship

The trustees of the Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship Trust have awarded the scholarship for 2017 to Taryn Loutit. Loutit is a fourth year mechanical engineering student at the University of Victoria with a passion for and an objective to pursue a career in naval architecture and marine engineering. She has an outstanding academic record and has completed five co-op work terms with marine-related businesses. The Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship Trust was initiated in 1982 from a bequest by the late Robert F. Allan, and with support from his many industry friends and colleagues.

Tug-Barge Design Optimized for South America

Some veteran Mississippi pushboats and barges have been transported to South America for second careers. However, conditions on a great river like the Paraguay-Paraná are different. It has sharp bends, shallow stretches, and includesremote reachestotally lacking in infrastructure. Building on extensive experience designing for the shallow rivers of Canada's frontiernorthland, Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects from Vancouver, BC have taken on the challenge of creating a new generation of specialized tug and barge systems to suit these demanding environments.

Yeniçay IV, delivered to Abu Dhabi Ports in September 2016 (Photo: Sanmar)

Two New Tugs for Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Port Company (ADPC) has purchased two newly built tugs from Sanmar shipyards of Turkey. The new Yenicay Class tugs, based on the same Robert Allan Ltd Rascal 1800 basic design-which are equipped with the latest technology and have a bollard pull power of 30 metric tons, will service both Mussafah Port and Zayed Port and complement Abu Dhabi Port’s existing advanced fleet. Management of these tugs falls under SAFEEN, ADPC’s marine services division. Designated Yenicay VI and VII the first unit will be heading for its new home with SAFEEN within a month…

Christening Ceremony of the Third and Fourth RAstar 3200 Class  Courtesy Robert Allan

Two SAAM Tugs Christened in Chile

In early June, after a traditional blessing ceremony held in Valparaiso, Chile where SAAM S.A. is based, the company officially puts two more new Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 3200 class tugs Yunco and Huairavo tugs into operation. Representatives of local authorities, the Chilean Navy, key customers, suppliers, executives and staff of SAAM attended the ceremony. SAAM identified these tugs as the ‘most powerful’ harbour tugs in the entire West Coast of South America. The two…

Contract Awarded for Hybrid Icebreaking Tug

Spain's Gondan was tapped to build a tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd for the Port of Luleå (Sweden). Gondan’s new contract with Port of Luleå (Sweden) specifies a new hybrid-powered icebreaking escort tug -- a RAL TundRA 3600-H class icebreaking design. The vessel is designed to perform icebreaking (it is designed to break 1 meter of ice at a speed of up to 3 knots), ice management, escort, ship-assist, coastal towing, fire-fighting and navigation aids service duties. This 36m…

Elaine and Rollie Webb (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Webb Receives SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence

Rollie Webb, Senior Vice President at Robert Allan Ltd., was presented with the SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence by the Lt. Governor of B.C. Judith Guichon on behalf of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in a ceremony held on November 9 in Victoria. Webb joined Robert Allan Ltd. in 2008 and assumed duties as Senior Vice President in 2015. Webb has more than 40 years of experience in marine engineering and shipyard experience, starting out in ship operations as a marine engineer at sea…

Tugboat Design Contract for Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Ltd is designing a new ART 80-32 Rotor®tug for Elizabeth Ltd charter to Kotug. This newly designed harbor tug will be chartered by Kotug, the Rotterdam, Hamburg and Bremerhaven based tugboat operator. The Rotor®tugs are 32 meters long and have a bollard pull of minimum 80 tons over the stern and the bow. It is the intention of Elizabeth Ltd to place a new building order for 4 of these tugs. At this stage it is not revealed where the Rotor®tugs will be deployed. The new design is a direct result of the co-operation between Robert Allan Ltd and Rotor®tug.  

The first in the series will be the 20 m RALamander 2000, equipped with Fi Fi 1 capability, with a total pumping capacity of 2400 m3/hr with optional foam. Image: Kongsberg/RAL

Remotely Operated Fireboat Under Development

Robert Allan Ltd. and Kongsberg Maritime announced a collaboration to develop a new remotely-operated fireboat that will allow first responders to attack dangerous port fires more aggressively and safer than ever before. The un-crewed RALamander fireboat will offer in-close firefighting and ‘eye in the fire’ capability that keeps marine firefighting professionals out of harm's way. Fires involving containers, petrochemicals, shore-side structures or vessels can be attacked more…

(Photo: Sanmar Shipyards)

Sanmar Delivers New Tug to Abu Dhabi Ports

Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyards said it has delivered Al JIMI 1 (Yenicay VII), the latest addition to Abu Dhabi Ports’ growing tug fleet, which already includes two sister vessels, Al SHAHEED (Yenicay IV) and AlHILI 1 (Yenicay VI), which were delivered by Sanmar in 2017. The Yenicay Class tugs are based on the Robert Allan Ltd Rascal 1800 basic design and are equipped to service both Musaffah Port and Zayed Port and complement Abu Dhabi Ports’ existing fleet. Management of these tugs falls under Abu Dhabi Ports’ Marine Services arm– SAFEEN.

MAASKANT-CARROUSEL-RAVE-TUG Photo Robert Allen Ltd

First Carrousel Rave Tug Delivered to Novatug

Multratug 32, the first new CARROUSEL RAVE TUG (CRT) was delivered to its owner, Novatug B.V. of the Netherlands in February 2018. Multraship B.V. of the Netherlands will be the operator of the new CRT. Multraship and Novatug both belong to the Muller Maritime Group, that has been active in all types of towing operations for over 100 years. The design features the RAVE tug concept, jointly developed by Robert Allan Ltd. and Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG, featuring VSP drives arranged inline on the hull centerline, combined with Novatug’s patented Carrousel Towing System on the main deck.

Photo courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.

Two RAstar 3800 Tugs from Robert Allan

The Rawasi and Morooj, a pair of RAstar 3800 Class high performance terminal/escort tugs, have just entered service with their Owner, Bakri Navigation Co. Ltd. of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Both tugs were built by NGV Tech Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia. The Rawasi was delivered to the Gulf region in late October 2009, and the Morooj in January 2010. The RAstar family of tug designs represents a truly unique and significant development in offshore tug design. The hull form incorporates a significant outward flare (or sponson) on the upper hull sides.

Photo courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Celebrates 80 Years in Design

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. is currently Canada's most senior Naval Architectural firm, and with 65 employees is one of the largest in the country.

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.

Wärtsilä & Robert Allan Cooperation Agreement

Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading ship power systems integrator, has signed a Letter of Intent with Canadian ship design company Robert Allan Ltd. to develop a Strategic Cooperation Agreement. Both parties see market opportunities for advanced tug designs, utilizing improved hull forms and new fully integrated power and propulsion technologies. The aim of the cooperation agreement will be to jointly develop advanced, environmentally sound solutions, resulting in a range of optimized tug designs to be supplied by Wärtsilä for the world market. Both Wärtsilä and Robert Allan Ltd.

Jonathan Reaume Photo Robert Allan

Reaume Earns P. Eng. License

Robert Allan Ltd. announced that Jonathan Reaume has earned his accreditation as a Registered Professional Engineer with EGBC (Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia).Reaume has been working with Robert Allan Ltd. since 2014 as a Mechanical Engineer specializing in hydrodynamics, propulsion, maneuvering and Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis. Secondary to this work, he has experience designing mechanical systems and providing field support engineering.Prior to this, he…