Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:56

Queen Máxima visits KOTUG

Wednesday 3rd December 2014, Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima of The Netherlands visited international towage operator KOTUG in Rotterdam. May 13th 2014, the King Willem I Award was presented to KOTUG by Queen Máxima, honorary President of the King Willem I Foundation.The Queen's visit began with a sailing trip on KOTUG's newest tugboat RT EVOLUTION. This Rotortug is equipped with hybrid technology; electrical energy storage permits the tug to sail in noiseless zero emission mode with no diesel engines running. During the trip the crews explained the innovative technology of RT Evolution. Queen Máxima also visited the new Rotortug-simulator at…
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:34

Further Global Presence KOTUG in Asia

A partnership is established between Kotug Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and Johor Port Berhad following on from Johor Port Berhad's RFP exercise to select the right partner for the provision of maritime towage services in Johor Port area and other identified areas. The strategic collaboration with KOTUG is in line with JPB's commitment to provide the most efficient marine services to its customers.Key priorities for Johor Port in the decision to partner with KOTUG was to find a partner who could deliver innovative, efficient and safe operations by means of the revolutionary Rotortug® technology supported by KOTUG's company management system and…
Early November, Schipyard Gebr. Kooiman b.v. located at Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands, signed a contract with Koedood b.v. for the outfitting of a 23.5mtr long hybride tugboat, having a bollard pull of 26 ton and to be named SIL-JESKE-B. The end-user of this tugboat will be BMS Seatowage b.v. (Bouwman). Both the main engines and auxiliary diesel engines, as well as the electric motor / generator will be supplied by Koedood. In addition to the conventional propulsion diesel engines, this tug also is equipped with electric motors driving the propellers. These electric motors are fed by means of two diesel generator…
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:56

Aquarel from Hans Breeman for KOTUG exhibition

The painting you see here is an aquarel from the hand of Hans Breeman. Hans is a maritime artist and also one of the 50 regular volunteers of the National Dutch Towage Museum in Maassluis.The subject of this scene is related to the activities of KOTUG, one of the dominant towage companies in Rotterdam.This aquarel shows the homecoming in the Rotterdam harbour on August 4th, 2008, after many years of absence of the old flagship of the famous Holland America Line, the ss. Rotterdam, towed from Hamburg by KOTUG tugboats.Hans Breeman made this painting for the special occasion of the…
Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:14

DOGGERSBANK sinks in Castries Harbor

The DOGGERSBANK has sunk in the Castries harbor. The St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) says the vessel is a tug boat that is used to assist larger ships in docking. The boat is owned by Cecil Isaac, eyewitnesses have said. No one appeared to have been in the boat at the time of the incident. It's not clear what caused the boat to sink however SLASPA Marketing Officer Fayola Ferdinand says an investigation is currently underway. The owner of the tug arrived on the scene shortly after. The President of the Craft and Dry goods vendors association, Peter…
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:10

Expanding global presence KOTUG in Brunei

As from the start of October 2014, KOTUG is assisting all LNG vessels at the Brunei LNG Terminal with three powerful Rotortugs. Brunei Shell Petroleum Company awarded KOTUG as their exclusive towage provider with a 24/7 operation, supported by local management. Three 80-ton + bollard pull strong tugs of the revolutionary Rotor concept are in charge of the berthing and unberthing operations of LNG Tankers, standby services during loading, oil spill response and firefighting duties. The Rotortugs RT CHAMPION, RT LEADER and RT TASMAN were recently mobilized from Europe to Asia. A significant milestone. KOTUG is proud to confirm that…
Monday, 10 November 2014 23:54

Tug PRESIDENT HUBERT arrived in Rotterdam

The 1982 built tug PRESIDENT HUBERT (IMO nr 8117471) arrived at Rotterdam on the afternoon of the 1st November 2014, fortunately still in URS colours. Rumour is spread she may not be around for long. If the company continues with their usual way of divesting, the tug might end up at the scrapyard. A real waste. One of the best looking tugs around and still in very good shape. Another rumour is that she will be drydocked for her special survey and painted in the navy gray colours of Boskalis. She was built by Niestern Sander BV, Delfzijl, The Netherlands…
Monday, 27th October 2014, the first tug of the next generation Rotortug ®, named RT DISCOVERY,was delivered by Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, to her new owner Elisabeth Ltd (KOTUG subsidiary) in Malta. This new Robert Allan Ltd designed 80 tons harbour/escort tug with the proven Rotortug ® propulsion configuration is the next chapter in the successful story of this strong co-operation.RT Discovery's maneuverability and strength provide operators with maximum tugboat safety during operations and enhance the operational possibilities enormously. The RT Discovery has a continuous bollard pull of over 86 tons and a maximum speed of…
Iskes Towing & Salvage has taken delivery of a Damen ASD 3212 tug named MERCURIUS. The Netherlands-based tug operator's fleet now includes three Damen builds, all constructed in the last four years. Since delivery, the ASD 3212 Mercurius has been operating under charter at the Port of Rotterdam. Dirk Martens, Technical Manager at Iskes Towage & Salvage, describes the reliable and no-nonsense performance of the new 82 t bollard pull tug: "The Mercurius does what it has to do. That's the big advantage with Damen's design – there are no surprises." Damen's after sales service is also very good, says…
RT EVOLUTION, KOTUG's new hybrid rotortug, has arrived in the Port of Rotterdam on Saturday, Oct. 18th. In the coming weeks, Damen Shipyards Group will complete the final outfitting and testing of this highly anticipated, next generation Robert Allan design: the ART 80-32 Hybrid. More news about this state-of-the-art hybrid Rotortug is expected soon.\r\n (Press Release/photo: Kotug)\r\n 
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 19:59

HERMAN SR. opens new office in Dordrecht

On Thursday 2nd October the new office of tugboat owner Herman Sr. B.V. Tug and Workboat Company opened her doors at the new location Aventurijn 202 in Dordrecht. The company changed from her location in Zwijndrecht to this new 3 floor building including a warehouse. The office shows a reception at the ground floor. Also at the ground floor you will find a warehouse with storage space for supplies and spare parts for the vessels of the fleet. On the 1st floor a conference/meeting room and a receipt space for customers have been created. On the 2nd floor there are…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:56

Model NOORDZEE illuminated

The open-work model of the former Smit seagoing tug NOORDZEE that is to be seen in the National Dutch Towage Museum has been equipped with an internal illumination system. The project started in 2012.\r\nDue to the high current usage and the heat production of traditional filament lighting it was decided to use LED illumination. LED can easily be electronically controlled and varied in strength. During the year 2012 a total of 25 LED lights have been mounted in the model. Special tools had to be developed to make the small spaces within reach and to connect the LEDs to the…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:52

‘Walk-to-work’ vessel launched succesfully

On October the 6th the 'Walk-to-Work' vessel Kroonborg was launched successfully at shipyard Royal Niestern Sander. The 'Walk-to-Work' vessel will support the maintenance and service activities of NAM/Shell UK for the upcoming 10 years in the Southern North Sea. The new concept, which will provide accommodation for up to 60 people has been designed to provide a workspace, storage, hotel and a means of transport to and from offshore platforms, which will enable offshore activities on production platforms to be executed more safely, efficiently, effectively and in a more productive manner. This DP2 vessel is equipped with motion compensated elements,…
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:28

Promotion video National Dutch Towage Museum

Recently the board of the National Dutch Towage Museum has commissioned the media company Dubbelklik from Rotterdam to create and produce a promotion video about the museum and the staff. During the week beginning October 6th, 2014, after a period of intensive preparations by the workgroup, the recordings started. From Monday till Thursday the two ladies of the filmcrew of Dubbelklik are very busy to get the interwiews and presentations by board members and volunteers of the museum on tape. The results so far fully meet our expectations. After the recording sessions starts the cut-and-paste phase. This first try-out will…
Sunday, 28 September 2014 14:09

New bridgespan for the Botlek Bridge

On Friday 12th September 2014 under very favourable weather circumstances the first bridge span of the new Botlek Bridge crossing the Oude Maas river near Hoogvliet, The Netherlands, was sailed in. The bridge span loaded on a pontoon was towed by the Kotug tugs RT MAGIC and RT SPIRIT. A piece of precision work that had to be carried out on a centimetre clearance. The next morning the bridge span was sailed in and placed. The second span is towed in two weeks later with again the same precision millimeter work.(Photo: W. Holtkamp)\r\n 
Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:14

Support vessel contract KT Maritime Australia

KT MARITIME AUSTRALIA TO MARK PRELUDE INFIELD SUPPORT VESSELCONTRACT AT A 'STEEL CUTTING CEREMONY'\r\nA 'Steel Cutting Ceremony' for the first of three Infield Support tugs being constructed by Perth-based KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd to support Shell's Prelude FLNG project near Broome was held mid-October 2014. A tradition in the shipbuilding industry, the Steel Cutting Ceremony marked the start of construction and was conducted at the Singapore shipyard of partner company, ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd. KT Maritime Services Australia's Director, Mark Thomas, said this major contract for the design, construction and operation of the three 42 metre long, 100…
Three tugs of Fairmount Marine have towed the brand new FPSO Petrojarl Knarr from South Korea to Norway. Petrojarl Knarr, one of world's largest floating production and storage units (FPSO) for harsh environments, was delivered in the port of Haugesund, Norway, September 16th 2014. The entire voyage was under command of lead tug master Kees de Graaff on board of the leading tug FAIRMOUNT SHERPA. The newly delivered FPSO Petrojarl Knarr is 256 meters long and 48 meters wide with a dwt of 135,000 tons. The vessel is owned by Teekay Corporation and is built by Samsung Heavy Industries in…
Thursday, 11 September 2014 23:46

Allemansend 2014

Every year on the second Friday of the month December a cosy meeting called "Allemansend" is being organized on behalf of the volunteers, members of the supervisory and advisory board and the executive board of the National Towage Museum in Maassluis to memorize the activities and events of the past year while enjoying a drink and a snack.\r\nMany years we used the building the "Kuiperij" in the Ankerstraat. Unfortunately, this will not be possible anymore because of the high price of this facility.\r\nSo another accomodation had to be found. The board of the museum succeeded in contracting the historic so…
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 16:10

MARO and ROMA ready for West Africa

After a major refit since their sale to West African Ventures (http://www.waventures.com/), the former Heerema tugs HUSKY (MARO) and RETRIEVER (ROMA) are now ready and sailed for Nigeria. The former HUSKY will tow it's fleetmate to their new home in the sun. Departure was planned for Tuesday (August 5th), so when this edition is issued both vessels are on high seas already. A lot of money has been spend on them. It's good to see that they will not end up like the other icons of ''Holland's Glory" (the Smitwijs tugs).\r\n(Source & Photo: Hans Hoffmann)
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:24

NEPTUN 11 renamed GRACELAND

Recently K&M Towing bv of Alblasserdam, The Netherlands, have entered into a long-term bareboat charter agreement with Landfall Marine Contractors b.v. for the twin-screw tug NEPTUN 11 (IMO nr 9571208) and meanwhile has been renamed GRACELAND. In principle this 42-ton bollard pull tug with double drum winch will continue her activities for worldwide towages of barges, hulls, scrap vessels, etcaetera, but is of course also available for time-charters for offshore anchor handling, seismic support, as well as assistance to dredging and windturbine projects. Allthough the tug GRACELAND is not flying the "Landfall" management-flag during this bareboat charter, both K&M Towing…
Monday, 21 July 2014 17:38

ITC MELTEMI sold

On the 2nd July the shoalbuster ITC MELTEMI (IMO nr 9531624) has been sold and renamed ANTELOPE. The vessel has been delivered to new owners, Oseberg Venture Ltd., Switzerland; we wish them fair winds. The ANTILOPE has the St Vincent & Grenadines flag with call sign J8B5109. She is underway to Lagos with a bunkercall at Algeciras.The vessel's hull was built in Poland for and completed at the Damen Shipyard, Hardinxveld, The Netherlands as yn 1596. The ITC MELTEMI was delivered to International Transport Contractors (later Tschudi Offshore & Towage BV) in 2008. She is a Damen Shoalbuster type 2609,…
In an earlier issue we have reported the sinking of the 1970 built tugboat YAL in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It was later refloated again. Now we have to report the demolition of the same tug. As we can see in the picture the dismantling of the tug YAL (ex NOORDZEE 1986; SMIT NOORDZEE 1988; DAFI 1993) has begun. The wheelhouse with the top accommodation has been removed. It is hard to notice that again a tug of the famous towing company Smit International has been demolished. Last week we already have reported the beaching, at Gadani, of the SMIT…
The 1975 built Panama registered with call sign 3FUO2 ocean going salvage tug GLOBAL DESTINY (Imo 7402439) was being towed to Gadani, Pakistan by the mt. ENDEAVOUR of Seamax Marine Services and was due for beaching one of the the following days. The tug is owned by Rosella Maritime Co., Piraeus, Greece and managed by Arka Global Marine Services, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tug is the former ROTTERDAM from Svitzer (Source: Vesseltracker; Photo: Imran Farooq (c)). Indeed a very sad destiny for this once so glorious tug SMIT ROTTERDAM of Smit Internationale, in her days the most powerful ocean-going…
Thursday, 12 June 2014 16:21

Trials new concept tug

Late in the afternoon of 2nd June the new concept tug EDDY 1 (Imo 9714575) left the builders yard Holland Shipyards, Hardinxveld for Europort to commence yard and official technical trials before heading for ITS, Hamburg on June 16 – 20. The new Eddy 30-65 design tug is a Hybrid Harbour & Terminal Tug with escort capability and pusher stern. She has a length o.a of 30.30 mtrs, a waterline length of 28.95 mtrs, a moulded beam of 12.43 mtrs, a beam o.a. of 13.40 mtrs and an operational draught of 4.75 mtrs. The two Mitsubishi S16R engines develop a…
Friday, 30 May 2014 23:20

Svitzer in the port of Rotterdam

From June 1st, SVITZER will start operating in Europe's largest port, Rotterdam. The operation will be located in the heart of the Maasvlakte positioned to serve our key clients. The operation will be a 100% SVITZER operation.\r\nPeter Rondhuis, Managing Director, Continental Europe, is excited about this new adventure: "The operation in Rotterdam is fully in line with our ambition to increase our footprint in Europe based on client requests. As a global market leader in towage it is exciting for SVITZER to start its operations in the busiest port in Europe. With the Maasvlakte II close to opening, we see…
On May 20th the Damen newbuilt ASD tugboat MERCURIUS arrived on the Rotterdam Nieuwe Waterweg. This new tug has been transported to Rotterdam by the heavy load vessel DA KANG. Also on board was the Damen newbuilt ASD tugboat SVITZER LONDON. Both ships have been moored at the Eemhaven. The MERCURIUS was brought there by the push boat DOLFIJN and the SVITZER LONDON by the push boat ORIENT (photo left: Willem Holtkamp, photo below: VNAircam)
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 19:11

HUSKY and RETRIEVER renamed

The two ex Heerema Anchor Handling Tugs are at this moment at the van Brink Shipyard (Damen) in Pernis. Both vessels HUSKY and RETRIEVER will be renamed. The HUSKY (Imo 7708974) in MARO and the RETRIEVER (Imo 8106991) in ROMA. The new owner is the Sea Truck Group – Nigeria with their office in The Netherlands (Sea Truck Netherlands Coop UA). (Source: Hans Tompot)\r\n 
Friday, 21 March 2014 20:21

Tugboat SMIT POLEN sold

POLEN (former SMIT POLEN) LEFT MAASSLUIS.\r\nAfter a maintenance period at the De Haas Shipyard the harbour/coastal tug POLEN left the port of Maassluis bound for the Lekhaven in Rotterdam.On Sunday 23 March the tug Polen (Imo 8521701) departed from the Rotterdam – Lekhaven on her way to Ghana. The tug was sold on march 14, 2014 to Black Star Co. Ltd – Marshall Islands. She will make a bunker call in Las Palmas on the Canarias Islands.\r\nThe POLEN was the last Smit tug operating in the port of Rotterdam named after a country.The tug is the Former tug Smit Polen…