Innovation and Diversity

in Marine Design

Technical Papers

Many of the staff of Robert Allan Ltd. have published in-depth technical papers for Conferences or for major industry publications, including several major textbooks. These cover a wide variety of topics including ship safety, ship design or advances in design technology. Not all of these papers are available for public distribution, but if you wish a copy of any of those papers which are available, please contact: info@ral.ca.

2016

Promises Fulfilled – An Newly Completed Tug Fleet Expansion Programme for Tianjin Port
by: Junkui Xiong, Xuhui (Bill) Hu
for: ITS 2016

2013

Escort Tug Performance Prediction Using CFD
by: Brendan Smoker, Bart Stockdill
for: Tugnology 2013

2010

Predicting Tug Behaviour by Analysis of Rated Performance of Coastal Tugs
by: Andra Papuc, Robert G. Allan
for: ITS 2010 Conference, Vancouver

2008

Modern Tugboats
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Yearbook of Science and Technology, 2009; McGraw-Hill, Chapter on “Modern Tugboats”

The Relative Merits of Different Z-Drive Tug Types
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.

2006

High-Performance Tugboats for Offshore Terminal Operations
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Gastech 2006

A Proposal for Harmonized International Regulations for the Design and Construction of Tugboats
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: ITS 2006 Conference, Rotterdam, Holland

2005

New Technologies in Tugboat Design for the Oil and Gas Industry-Middle East Developments
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators, 3rd SIGTTO Middle East Regional Forum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

New Demands on Offshore Terminal Tugs
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: OSV Singapore 2005, International Conference on Technology & Operation of Offshore Support Vessels, National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore

2004

Escort Tug Technology … Advances and Challenges
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: IMPA 2004 Congress, Istanbul, Turkey

Ship Design and Construction: Chapter 47 – Tugs and Towboats
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: SNAME Textbook

2002

Compact Tugs: Their Evolution, and Recent Developments
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: ITS 2002 Conference, Bilbao, Spain

New Tugs, New Technology … is There a Payback?
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: 15th BC Towboat Industry Conference, May/June 2002

2001

New Approaches to Series Ship Design for Flexibility in Construction and Service; The RAmparts Tugs and Odyssey Class Ferries
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng., Mark J. Mulligan, P. Eng.
for: Canadian Institute for Marine Engineering, Mari-Tech 2001, June 2001

Worldwide Trends in Tug Design, and Their Impact on the Asian Tug Market
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Workboat World Asia Conference, Singapore, February 2001

2000

The Evolution of Escort Tug Technology: … Fulfilling a Promise
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, Annual Meeting 2000, Vancouver, Canada
Awarded the American Bureau of Shipping—Captain Joseph H. Linnard Prize for 2001. Best paper presented to SNAME Annual Meeting 2000, Vancouver, Canada

1998

Developments in Escort Tug Technology
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: ITS ’98 Conference, Capetown, RSA

1997

From Kort to Escort: The Evolution of Tug Design; 1947 – 1997
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Ship and Boat International (RINA)

1996

Tug Trends to 2000
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Ausmarine ’96 Conference, Fremantle, Australia

1995

A Review of Escort, Rescue and Salvage Towing Capability in Canadian Waters
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

1994

Study of Emergency Towing Services Worldwide
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Office of Marine Safety, State of Washington

The Design of Ship Assist Tugs: — Towards More Cost-Effective Construction
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: ITS ’94, Southampton, England

The Role and Benefits of Escort Tugs in Canadian Waters
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Canadian Coast Guard, Ship Safety Branch

1993

Methods for Preliminary Determination of Escort Tug Requirements
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: The Royal Institution of Naval Architects

1992

The Evolution of Tug Design: The Canadian Experience
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: 12th ITS Convention, Genoa, Italy

1990

“A Tale of Five Tugboats” The evaluation and full scale testing of ship-handling tugs for service in Coos Bay, Oregon
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: 11th International Tug Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1973

Noise Control on Towboats
by: Ken D. Harford, P.Eng., T.E. Siddon
for: First North American Tug Convention, Vancouver, B.C. 1973
Abstract published in Ship & Boat International vol. 00 pp. 223-230, Thomas Reed Industrial Press Ltd., U.K.

1972

Control of Noise Sources on Sea-Going Tow Boats
by: Ken D. Harford, P.Eng. A.J. Price T.E Siddon
for: Acoustical Society of America, 83rd Meeting, Buffalo, New York
Abstract published in Journal of Acoustical Society of America

1966

Considerations on the Use of Kort Nozzles in B.C. Tugs
by: Robert F. Allan
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section, Vancouver, B.C.

2016

Revolutionary RAmora Brings Tele-operated Capability to Ship-handling Tugs
by: Vince den Hertog, Oscar Lisagor, Robin Stapleton, Chris Kaminski
for: ITS 2016

2015

The Carrousel-RAVE Tug – Design Development of a Unique High-Performance Ship Assist/Escort tug
by: Oscar Lisagor, Andra Papuc, Dirk Juergens, Leendert Muller
for: Tugnology 2015

2012

The ART 85-35 Class Offshore Support Rotor®tug Fleet for Port Hedland, Australia
by: Robert G. Allan, Jan van Kasteren
for: ITS 2012 Conference, Spain

 

2011

The RAVE Tug – Application, Hydrodynamic Characteristics and Manoeuvrability
by: Oscar Lisagor, Dirk Juergens, Michael Palm
for: Tugnology 2011

2009

RAmparts 3200 Tug Design: Evolution & Review
by: Xuhui (Bill) Hu, P. Eng.
for: Middle East Workboat Conference, 2009, Abu Dhabi

2008

The Evolution of the Z-Tech Concept
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: ITS 2008 Conference, Singapore

RAmparts Tug Development in China
by: Xuhui (Bill) Hu, Capt. Yongliang Pan, Hong Zhu
for: ITS 2008 Conference, Singapore

2007

RAdiKAT: A Twin-Hulled Concept for Offshore Terminal/Escort Tugs
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng., Dr. Victor Dubrovsky, Dr. Scs., Ph.D.
for: ITS, Tugnology 2007

The Concept Design and Testing of a Proposed 100 Tonne BP Escort Rotor Tug
by: Oscar Lisagor, Stephan Donia, Alan Reynolds
for: Tugnology 2007

2004

Escort Tug Design Alternatives and a Comparison of Their Hydrodynamic Performance, National Research Council of Canada
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng., David Molyneux
for: SNAME Maritime Technology Conference & Expo 2004, Washington, DC

2000

The Development of a New Generation of High-Performance Escort Tug
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: ITS 2000, Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom

1994

Cost Analysis of an Emergency Towing System
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Office of Marine Safety, State of Washington

1987

Ship Handling in the Port of Churchill—The “Bear” Essentials
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section

1971

Shallow Draught Towboats in the Canadian Northland
by: Robert F. Allan
for: Second International Tug Conference, London, England

2013

A Retrospective Look at Technological Developments in the BC Towing Industry: 1959-1979
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: B.C. Towboat Owners Association Conference

1998

Coastal Towing in BC—Cautiously into the Future?
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: B.C. Towboat Owners Association Conference

1994

Guidelines for Tug-Tow Combinations on the Great Lakes
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Canadian Coast Guard, Central Region

1992

The Canadian Tug and Barge Industry: 1970 – 1990; A Synopsis of Trends in Vessel Design and Operation
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: The BC Towboat Owners Association Industry Conference

1991

The Canadian Towing Industry: Tugs, Barges and Their Relationships
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Canadian Coast Guard, Ship Safety Branch

1984

Push-Towing Systems in B.C.
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: B.C. Towboat Owners Association Conference

1978

Present and Future Possibilities for Reducing Energy Consumption in Towing Systems
by: Robert F. Allan
for: Second B.C. Towboat Industry Conference, Victoria, B.C.

1975

Design of Tug-Barge Systems for Minimum Energy Consumption
by: Hans F. Muhlert, P.Eng., Robert F. Allan
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section

1970

Current Developments in Design of Tug/Barge Transport for the Mackenzie River
by: Robert F. Allan
for: Arctic Transportation Conference, Yellowknife, N.W.T.

1969

Barge Transportation Systems and Barge Towing Tugs
by: Robert F. Allan
for: First International Tug Conference, London, England

2000

West Coast Workboat Designs in the World Market: … Reflections on 30 Years of International Experience
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section

1997

Applications for Aluminum Alloys in the Marine Industry – A Current Perspective
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Alumitech ’97 Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

1995

The Application and Advantages of Catamarans for Coastal Patrol Vessels
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section

1984

Computer-Aided Design in the Canadian Marine Consulting Field
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Canadian Shipbuilding & Ship Repairing Association Technical Conference

1969

Analysis of Ferro-Cement in Bending
by: Hans F. Muhlert, P.Eng.
for: SNAME

2010

Concept Development, Detailed Design and Construction of the Three Forty Three: North America’s Most Powerful Fireboat
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng., Kenneth D. Harford, P.Eng., Derek Noon, Jody Bjerkeset, J. Dalton, W. Siegel
for: 2010 SNAME Annual Meeting, Seattle WA
Awarded the American Bureau of Shipping/Captain Joseph H. Linnard Prize for 2010. Best paper presented to SNAME Annual Meeting 2010, Seattle WA

2003

The Odyssey Class Ferries: A Canadian Concept for Cost-Effective Adaptable Ferry Systems
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng., Mark J. Mulligan
for: Norwegian Society of Chartered Engineers 2nd International Conference on Double-ended Ferries, Ålesund, Norway

The Planning, Design, and Construction of a Major Fireboat for the Port of Los Angeles
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng. Kenneth D. Harford, P.Eng., Douglas Moore
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section, Spring Meeting, March 2003, Seattle, WA

2002

Application of Rigid-Hull Inflatable Technology to a New Generation of Offshore Support Craft
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng., Hans F. Muhlert, P.Eng.
for: CIMarE, Mari-Tech 2002, St. John’s, Newfoundland

2000

The Fast Ferry Project for the Alaska Marine Highway System
by: Ken D. Harford, P.Eng., Gary Smith, R.J. Van Slyke
for: Canadian Institute for Marine Engineers High-Speed Vessel Conference 2000 & Beyond

1996

The Planning and Design of Major Routes Car and Passenger Fast Catamaran Ferries for the B.C. Ferry Corporation
by: Ken D. Harford, P.Eng., Stephen Quigley, David Beresford, Mori Flapan
for: International Catamaran Designs Pty. Ltd., 12th Fast Ferry International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark

1993

The Planning, Design and Construction of Fast Response Fireboats for the Port of Vancouver
by: Donald J. Pamplin, Peter S. Hatfield, Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section, February 1993

Structural Design of Two High Speed Aluminum Boats
by: Hans F. Muhlert, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section

Fatigue Failures of Welded Aluminum Shaft Struts on the M.V. “Marine Courier”
by: Ken D. Harford, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section

1989

Concept Design Studies for the Canadian Coast Guard “Type 500” Search and Rescue Cutter
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, Pacific Northwest Section

1953

Design and Construction of British Columbia Fishing Vessels
by: Robert F. Allan
for: World Fishing Boat Congress in Miami, Florida

2016

The State of Tug Safety Today
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: ITS 2016

2014

Improving Towing Safety in Supply Vessels and Anchor-Handling Tugs
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: ITS Conference

2005

Cap Rouge II: Lessons Learned from a Fishing Vessel Tragedy
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Fishing Vessels, Fishing Technology, and Fisheries Conference, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

The Impact of Regulations on West Coast Towing Vessel Safety
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: SNAME, May 2005

2004

Cap Rouge II: Analysis of a Fishing Vessel Tragedy
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng., Shane Neifer
for: SNAME, Fall Meeting, North Vancouver, BC

1988

The Effects of Various Stern Configurations on the Directional Stability of Towed Barges
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng.
for: Transportation Development Centre, Transport Canada

2003

Northern Transportation Company Ltd.; Operations in the Canadian Arctic
by: Hans F. Muhlert, P.Eng., Gary Latimer, Mark J. Mulligan, P. Eng.
for: Northern Transportation Company Ltd., and CIMarE, Mari-Tech 2003, Montreal, Quebec

1993

The Committee on Design Development (CODD) Report: The Development of High Quality Vessels for the Federal Government
by: Robert G. Allan, P.Eng., I. Glen, A. Kendrick, B. McLaren, J. Stubbs, P. LaCroix
for: Public Works and Government Services, Canada

1976

The Noise Dilemma: Hindsight or Foresight
by: Ken D. Harford, P.Eng.
for: Canadian Pulp and Paper Association Noise Seminar, Richmond, B.C.