Robert Allan Ltd. Delivers Vessel, Opens Scholarship Applications

The offshore supply vessel ADNOC MD 01. Photo: Grandweld Shipyards.

Vancouver, BC-based consulting naval architectural firm Robert Allan Ltd. announced the end of January that it has delivered the offshore supply vessel ADNOC MD 01 to Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. in the United Arab Emirates.

The first of two sister vessels, ADNOC MD 01 was built by Grandweld Shipyards and designed by Robert Allan Ltd. to support local diving operations in the UAE, according to Robert Allan Ltd.

The catamaran is 24.90 meters long, (about 81.7 feet) excluding fenders, with an 8-meter (26.26-foot) molded beam and boasts a pair of Baudouin 12M26.3 main engines, 1030 kW at 2100 rpm and Reintjes WVS 430/1 gearboxes driving four-blade conventional propellers. The vessel, according to RAL, surpassed the design contract speed with a sea trial speed of 19.4 knots.

Also among the ship’s features, the company said, are a 6.5-meter workboat and crane with a 10-meter working radius on top of the deckhouse so it doesn’t interfere with dive operations.

The vessel can accommodate a five-member crew and as many as seven divers, according to RAL.

In other RAL news, the company announced in February that the Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship award is open for applications through June 30.

The scholarship was created in 1982 by a bequest from the late Robert F. Allan with additional support from his friends and colleagues. Robert Allan Ltd. is now also actively supporting the scholarship through additional contributions and the fund is administered by a committee of senior principals of Robert Allan Ltd.

The scholarship’s awarded every year to the person seen as the most deserving Canadian citizen or Canada permanent resident studying naval architecture or marine engineering.

Successful applications will have to meet a stipulated criteria, including:

Have satisfactorily completed at least two years of a recognized university degree course in Naval Architecture or Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering, or:

Have been enrolled and satisfactorily completed not less than two years of a higher technical college course in Naval Architecture prior to enrolling in a degree course in Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering, or:

Have completed an undergraduate degree in Engineering and be enrolled for a post-graduate degree in Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering.

The total award value is currently up to $5,000 per year. The scholarship award is expected to be announced in August and is payable toward the cost of tuition fees only.

More information on the requirements, eligibility, and submission details is available at