Canada: Rolls-Royce, Robert Allan to Develop LNG Tug Designs
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a non-exclusive cooperation agreement with Robert Allan Ltd, to supply power and propulsion equipment for a series of new and innovative tug designs.
The cooperation agreement was signed by Ken Harford, P. Eng. FEC, President of Robert Allan Ltd, and Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant. A signing ceremony was held at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, on December 5, 2012.
Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant said: “This move to integrate LNG propulsion systems into innovative designs reflects the recent trend for tug operators and owners to embrace cutting edge marine technology to improve operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact. We look forward to working with Robert Allan Ltd on this exciting project.”
Ken Harford, President , Robert Allan Ltd said: “We’re very pleased to announce this cooperation agreement with Rolls-Royce to develop LNG powered tug designs. Rolls-Royce is a market leader in power and propulsion systems and has developed a strong reputation for its technology and dedication in promoting LNG as a marine fuel for a wide array of applications.”
“The current abundance of natural gas has led to new technologies to utilize it as a power source in marine applications. LNG represents a tremendous opportunity for tug operators to considerably reduce both fuel related exhaust emissions and operating costs. Robert Allan Ltd is recognised globally as a leader in tug design, and we are excited to apply our expertise and strong position to develop and power these highly efficient vessels with Rolls-Royce propulsion systems.”
LNG World News Staff, December 12, 2012; Image: Robert Allan