Robert Allan and Rotortug in strategic allianceWritten by Nick Blenkey
JUNE 4, 2012 — Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., and Rotortug (KST) B.V. of Rotterdam have formed new strategic alliance for the future development of the Rotor Tug concept.
Robert Allan will now act as the exclusive designer for all Rotor Tugs under an agreement that covers the continuous technical development for all existing and future Rotor Tug designs.
The Rotor Tug line will be added to the Robert Allan design portfolio enabling the designers to offerits worldwide clientele a complete range of the best available advanced tug designs, including ASD, VSP and now the Rotor Tug option, according to the specific needs of any port or terminal application.
The agreement highlights the strengths of Rotortug’s experience in the initial development and refinement of the Rotor Tug concept, and Robert Allan Ltd.’s extensive experience and strength as a design leader in the international tug market.
The cooperation has been developed through the joint recent experience of the two companies in the design of two major Advanced Rotor Tugs, the ART 110-37 and the latest ART 85-35.
With this cooperative agreement, says Robert Allan, the Rotor Tug concept is poised to enter its next phase of development as the unique triple Z-drive concept evolves further as a truly viable solution for ship-handling in today’s ever busier and more constricted ports, and for major escort towing applications in environmentally sensitive areas.
Featuring enhanced omni-directional maneuverability, and the benefits of a fully redundant and precise propulsion machinery configuration, the Roto Tug concept offers increased security for ship-handling and escort towing, as well as enhanced crew safety.
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