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Today, 40 to 50 of our tugs are built annually in Turkey.

connections with major European operators, in turn leading to several highly innovative tug designs for the emerging tanker escort market. The business for new tugs was on a tear, and Robert Allan Ltd. was well-placed to serve this burgeoning market. In 1995, a connection to shipyards and tug operators in Turkey initiated a period of significant growth. Sanmar Shipyards has, to date, built more than 170 tugs to our designs, while, in the process, establishing themselves as probably the premiere tug-building shipyard in the world. Today, 40 to 50 of our tugs are built annually in Turkey.

SST Orca – Cheoy Lee – built for Canadian West Coast Service.

The development of ever-larger container ships, major LNG terminals, expanding bulk carrier ports and the rapid evolution of tanker escort technology throughout the past two decades has demanded new specialized, high-performance tugboats. More than 900 tugs have been built to our designs worldwide since 2000. The total number delivered surpassed 1,000 in late 2017 and at the end of 2018 stood at 1,175. The 1,000th tug honour went to the Dux, the first of three ultrahigh performance dual fuel escort tugs built for Østensjø Rederi of Norway. Dux and her sisters were the first dual-fuel escort tugs in the world. Another example of the international network we enjoy today is the recent arrival in B.C. of the RAstar 3200 Class escort tugs, SST Grizzly and SST Orca.

Dux: #1,000 – 40-metre, 100-tonne BP dual-fuel resort tug. Photo credit to Gondan Shipbuilders.

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As a 100-per cent Canadian, employee-owned consultancy, Robert Allan Ltd. is extremely proud of our record and worldwide reputation in this very specialized field of ship design. Ü

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