Sandock Austral Shipyards (SAS), the Durban based shipbuilding and repair company will be able to offer clients a range of state-of-the-art high-performance tugs, following the signing of a significant agreement with Robert Allan Ltd. – a firm of internationally recognized Naval Architects based in Vancouver, Canada.
Robert Allan Ltd. offers independent professional marine design and consulting services, supported by the latest in computer-aided design technology.
They are strongly committed to ensuring that all vessels built to their designs offer the highest standards of safety and operational integrity for their Owners and for the crews that work on them.
The agreement with Robert Allan Ltd. will allow SAS immediate access to a host of their designs along with the confidence that the Robert Allan Ltd. brand brings to the market.
Charles Maher, the Head of Marketing and Sales at SAS said Robert Allan Ltd. was chosen as a partner due to their extremely strong global presence with well over 1000 Robert Allan Ltd. Designed tugs that are operating in the world.
“Robert Allan Ltd. has a significant range of vessels available that it has developed and built-in conjunction with other shipyards across the world. Initially, we will be concentrating on their range of Azimuth Drive Tugs (ASD) which we will bring to a much wider audience,” Maher explained.
Jim Hyslop, Director of Project Development at Robert Allan said: “Robert Allan Ltd. is excited to enter into this new agreement with Sandock Austral Shipyards. We are looking forward to our designs becoming more prevalent in the African market, backed by the proximity, familiarity and quality that SAS offers to its African clients.”
“Sandock Austral Shipyards operates on a global scale with suppliers, service providers and clients. This significant partnership with such a prestigious Naval Architect design house, to provide clients with state-of-the-art designs, with quick turnaround times and already in production designs, releases a lot of risk from our company and we can enter the tender with a much higher response rate,” Maher said.