Damen delivers two Azimuth Tractor Drive Tugs 2412 to fast growing KOTUG

KOTUG is a fast growing towage company expanding its innovative services to ports and terminals in Europe (Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven), West-Africa and Australia. Recently KOTUG started towage activities in the new German deep sea port Wilhelmshaven. Due to this growth in the German Ports and the increased size of their client’s vessels, KOTUG needed these additional tugs on short notice.

Damen’s short delivery time and quality were the key factors to choose for these strong and compact Azimuth Tractor tugs ‘ZP Bulldog’ and ‘ZP Boxer’. Damen Services arranged the transport from Vietnam to Rotterdam (The Netherlands), where they handed over the tugs in November in a turnkey operation.

After their arrival the tugs have been painted in the KOTUG colours, equipped and prepared to commence their towage activities in the port of Hamburg, around November 12th. The tugs have a length of 24 m, a width of 12 m, 5600 BHP and a bollard pull of 70 tons.

About KOTUG Group
KOTUG is an international maritime service provider. KOTUG offers its clients a high quality level of services based on a safe, efficient and eco-friendly operation. With a century of experience combined with a modern fleet, KOTUG has built its reputation as a competitive and innovative player in the maritime industry for harbour towage, coastal & deep sea towage, salvage and emergency response, tug management, crew training, chartering, brokerage, offshore services and assistance to dredging industry. KOTUG constantly improves the quality level of services
to its clients’ needs and uses the latest technologies and equipment combined with well-trained crews. KOTUG distinguishes itself from the market by the development of the patented RotorTug concept. The principal advantage of this revolutionary RotorTug is its remarkable maneuverability, provided by its three azimuth propulsion units. Recently KOTUG introduced World’s first hybrid RotorTug, the so-called “E-KOTUG”, operating in the Port of Rotterdam.

About Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group (est. 1927) operates more than 45 shipyards, repair yards and related companies worldwide. Damen employs over 6,000 people in 34 countries, has delivered over 5,000 vessels since 1969 and delivers up to 150 vessels annually. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept and short delivery times, Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation and modular construction leads to short delivery times (Damen keeps vessels in stock), low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale value, proven technology and reliable performance. Damen offers a wide range of products, including: tugs, workboats, patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, offshore support vessels, oil-spill response vessels and even frigates and super yachts. In addition to shipbuilding, Damen offers efficient customer support, customer financing and complete lifecycle service.

Earlier this year Damen delivered three ASD Tugs 2810, named SD Ranger, operating in Germany and SD Rover and SD Rebel operating in Rotterdam.

By Professional Mariner Staff