05 July 2016 Europe Spain Canada Scotland
Scots-founded Canadian firm Designs Europe's First Dual Fuel Tug
Spanish shipyard launch tug designed by Canada's Robert Allen

(Picture: Europe's first dual fuel tug hits the water)

At high tide yesterday, 4th July 2016, Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, Spain launched the first Dual Fuel tug ever built in Europe.

The tug, from a Canadian design firm, Robert Allan, is the first of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi.

The new escort tug, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam, will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya.

Built to withstand freezing cold, the vessel is shaped specifically to grant full operational availability at temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and combines environmental sustainability through the use of LNG in most of its operations, with the added flexibility of diesel power to ensure a high level of operational security.

The vessel will now sit at the shipyard's fitting out quay for the next few months, and when completed she will undertake sea trials, with delivery expected early 2017.

Robert Allan Ltd. is an independent, privately-owned firm of Consulting Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, established since 1930 in Vancouver, Canada.

The naval architects' business was founded in 1930 when Scot Robert Allan commenced private practice as a consulting Naval Architect after serving as Technical Manager of a local major shipyard. A 1907 graduate naval architect from the University of Glasgow, he was responsible for numerous enduring designs produced for the growing British Columbia fishing fleet and coastal ferry services, among others. His reputation for quality designs was enhanced by the notable, classic ocean-going motor yachts Meander (1934) and Fifer (1939), both of which are still in active service on the Pacific Coast.