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Friday, July 5, 2019 

Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) if Vancouver has been awarded a contract from Ocean Industries to design a new generation of Ship Handling tugs to be built at the Ocean Industries shipyard at L’Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Four tugs are to be built, two each for the major Canadian naval bases at Esquimalt, BC and Halifax, NS. Known as the Naval Large Tug (NLT) project, the new IMO Tier III vessels are based on RAL's RAmparts 2400 design which has been built in large numbers by Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey as well as three additional international shipyards. Varying power levels of this design are available. 48 tugs using this hull form have been delivered to date and design iterations continue to be built for worldwide use.

RAL recently completed the design of a second group of similar sized EPA Tier 4 compliant tugs for the US Navy which are now under construction at Dakota Creek Industries’ shipyard in Anacortes, Washington. When completed, these six vessels will join an earlier flight of six Robert Allan Ltd. tugs.

The NLT design tugs will be 24.4m long, 11.25m beam. A bollard pull of 60t and free running speed of 12 knots have been specified.

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