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Charles H. Cates, circa 1920. (City of Vancouver archives reference number AM54-S4-: Port P741.)
The Cates family name is very well known in Vancouver. It is due largely to one enterprising brother that the famous Cates towing company came into being. Almost every member of the Cates family was involved in the local maritime industries, but it w...
Robert Allan Ltd.’s 150th Sanmar-built tug for Svitzer’s Silver Bullet Project
The Svitzer Hermod and Svitzer Chirripo are the first two of six customized Robert Allan Ltd. RAstar 2800 class terminal support/escort tug designs for Svitzer’s “Silver Bullet” fleet replenishment program. Svitzer Chirripo will be...
ART 100-42 Class Rotortugs:  World’s First Purpose-Built FLNG ISVs
With the November 9th naming ceremony of the 2nd and 3rd ART 100-42 Class Infield Support Vessels (ISVs), all three of the world's first purpose-designed and purpose-built FLNG ISVs have now been delivered by ASL Shipyards Singapore to Owner...
Introducing the RAmparts 2200-SX Class Tug:  Compact “Little Sister” to highly successful  RAmparts 2400-SX tugs from Sanmar
In mid-2015, Sanmar A.S. contracted with Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, Canada to design a “little sister” to Sanmar’s highly successful Ramparts 2400-SX “Bogacay” series tugs. The result is a compact...
Safety training needs to include the practice of getting crew out of confined spaces.
Tug or towboats are unusual; they have the power of larger vessels, yet are “boats.” They are heavy, usually steel, and very stable — “stiff” — and rock violently at times. Much may be written of towing; length of...