Robert Allan Ltd looks to the future

Robert G Allan has restructured his company to ensure long term continuity.

Leading tug design company Robert Allan Ltd (RAL), based in Vancouver, has announced that a long-planned restructuring of the company has now been completed. The restructuring will ensure long term continuity of the high quality design and independent engineering service to the marine industry for which Robert Allan Ltd. has become so well known throughout its 78 year history.

From July 2008, Robert G. Allan, one of the world's most respected tug designers, has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Board and remains at the helm. A core group of senior employees have become shareholders of RAL and will become increasingly involved in company business.

This important first step will ensure that the company continues in its tradition of offering completely independent consulting services to its clients, and recognizes the key role that the employees have played in the recent significant expansion and successes of RAL. The new organisation will establish the culture of employee ownership and facilitate the succession from generation to generation.

The position of President goes to Ken Harford, P Eng, who has been a key figure in the company for the past 20 years, most recently as Vice-President of Marine Engineering. Hans Muhlert, a 37 year veteran at RAL, remains in his position as Vice-President of Naval Architecture.

The other new shareholders in the company have been acting as project managers and have become increasingly well known to clients and the industry, as the company has expanded into a worldwide business. They are: Todd Barber, P Eng; Grant Brandlmayr; Mike Fitzpatrick; Darren Hass, P Eng; Brig Henry, P Eng; Xuhui (Bill) Hu; Jim Hyslop; Dr. Oscar Lisagor, P Eng; James McCarthy, P Eng; and Derek Noon. The new roles and responsibilities these key personnel will assume will be defined and announced in coming months, as the new company structure evolves. The aim is to ensure that all clients' needs for quality, ingenuity, and independent design services will continue to be met for generations to come.

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