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Robert Allan makes waves in Thailand

Robert Allan makes waves in Thailand


A B.C. ship design company is making waves in Thailand, with a new contract to design specialized tug boats for the Royal Thai Navy.

Robert Allan Ltd. signed the contract in October 2015 with Italthai Marine Limited of Thailand, marking the continuing growth of B.C. companies in the Southeast Asian market.

The company’s RAmparts series is a well-proven, highly successful series of tug designs, of which more than 150 RAmparts 3200 Class tugs have been built, all for international customers. The design features high speed, excellent stability and sea keeping, enhanced astern performance and manoeuvrability.

Known worldwide for their reliable and innovative ship design, Robert Allan Ltd. has marketed its design expertise internationally from its Vancouver home for over four generations. The company’s executive chairman, Rob Allan, is the grandson of the company founder, Robert S. Allan, who passed the company presidency to his son and grandson.

Based in British Columbia, the company successfully sells a wide range of ship designs around the world. In addition to the Thai contract, it recently announced contracts for tug designs for clients in Bangladesh, Chile, Peru, Oman and Ningbo Port, China.

As global leaders in the transportation sector – particularly in the fields of marine engineering and manufacturing, as well as aerospace – British Columbia companies are recognized for delivering highly specialized products and services to customers around the world.

Many B.C. businesses can grow their companies by targeting Southeast Asian countries. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region represents an economy valued at US$2.4 trillion, with annual growth forecasts above 5% for the next five years. With the launching of its own economic association, the ASEAN Economic Community, in late 2015, it has become the world’s seventh-largest single market of over 622 million people.

The Ministry of International Trade will help export-ready B.C. firms target Southeast Asia through new Trade and Investment Representatives offices in the region, together with the existing resources in Vancouver and a network of contacts in priority markets around the world. Contact our team for assistance.

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