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Smit Intl. Earnings Up 40%

Smit International NV announced that net earnings for 2005 have risen by nearly 40% to EUR 38.3 million. Despite facing a heavier tax burden of 30% (up from 24% in 2004), the divisions Harbor Towage, Terminals and Transport & Heavy Lift achieved better results in comparison to 2004. The Salvage division performed well above the so called historical average. SMIT has served the maritime sector for more than 160 years. SMIT’s services are organised into four Divisions: • Harbor Towage: harbor towage services and related maritime services. • Terminals: towage services and related maritime and management services to offshore and onshore terminals. • Salvage: salvage, wreck removal, environmental protection and consultancy. • Transport & Heavy Lift: barge rental & transport, ocean, coastal and river towage, heavy lifting and marine support to a variety of civil and offshore projects.

Boskalis, KOTUG Merge Harbor Towage Operations

Photo: KOTUG

Boskalis, KOTUG agree to merge European harbor towage operations   Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and KOTUG International B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to merge the companies’ European harbor towage operations. The companies will establish a 50/50 joint venture for this purpose, combining the European harbor towage activities of SMIT, a Boskalis subsidiary, with the European harbor towage activities of KOTUG

Multraship Orders Carousel Combi-Tugs

Multraship Towage & Salvage ordered two combi-tugs from Malaysian shipbuilder Nautica Nova Shipbuilding & Engineering (NNSE) which feature a Carousel towing system and will be used to address the needs of big ships requiring escort facilities into harbors and rivers. The first of the two 80-ton static bollard pull Carousel Combi-Tugs is due for delivery at the end of 2007, and the second, about three months later. The combi-tugs are designed for unrestricted harbor towage

Howard Smith Posts Flat Results

Hardware and towage group Howard Smith Ltd. pointed to a difficult market for its main hardware and industrial supplies businesses on Tuesday, after posting a flat half year result. Although recent data pointed to a housing recovery, actual spending on hardware was expected to lag housing approvals and a break in economic conditions was not expected until at least mid-year. "The outlook for the next four months is tough

Multraship Strengthens Fleet with ASD Tug

Multratug 20 (photo: Ruud Zegwaard)

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship said it has further strengthened its multipurpose fleet with the addition of the ASD tug Multratug 20. Multraship has contracted with international broker and consultant DSB Offshore for the long-term bareboat charter of the 72-ton bollard-pull vessel, which was built by the Bogazici Shipyard in Turkey in 2010 and is equipped to undertake a range of services including towage, escort, anchor-handling, fire-fighting and salvage.

First Damen ASD 2810 Leaves for Trinidad

MV Kairi (Photo: Damen)

First delivery of Damen ASD Tug 2810, ARC Towage signed four contracts total in Barcelona, Spain On July 31, 2013, ARC Towage signed four contracts at the Netherlands shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group. The newbuilding contracts with ARC Towage are the result of a special joint venture set-up for the terminal berthing services for a significant energy industry player in Trinidad and Tobago. The first Damen ASD 2810, MV Kairi, left for Trinidad

Multraship Announces Fleet Additions

Salvage and towage company, Multraship BV has added the former Red Funnel/Adsteam tug Hamtun to its fleet. The 1985-built, 3,500 IHP vessel has been renamed Multratug 16 and will mainly be deployed providing harbour towage services in the ports of Terneuzen and Flushing and on the Terneuzen-Ghent Canal. Multraship has also bought the former Dutch lifeboat Johannes Frederik, to operate as a fast-rescue tender providing emergency response services in the River Scheldt area

Bourbon Reports Increased Operating Income

Gross Operating Income totaled $146.2m or 115.1 million euros, up 12.7% in the first half of 2006. This strong performance was achieved by the sharp growth in the Offshore Division, particularly in Africa, and by the solid performance achieved by the Towage & Salvage Division, whereas the Bulk Division was impacted by lower cargo rates. Operating income rose 7.6% to $90.4m or 71.2 million euros and reflects the increase in amortization and depreciation due to the rise in the

Keppel Singmarine Wins Contracts for 5 Vessels

Keppel Singmarine Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has secured orders for three offshore support vessels (OSVs) and two tugboats for about $80 million. The vessels will be progressively delivered to their owners up to end 2006. Keppel Singmarine will build one ice-class OSV for anchor handling and supply purposes for new customer, the Russian oil company Lukoil Kaliningradmorneft (LUKOIL)

Fairmount Delivers ENSCO Rig in Malta

Photo courtesy Fairmount Marine

Fairmount Marine said it had delivered rig ENSCO 5004 in Malta at the end of a voyage that began offshore Rio de Janeiro. Rig ENSCO 5004 is a 1982 built 94.7 meters long and 70.4 meters wide semi-submersible drilling rig. The towage of rig ENSCO 5004 from Rio de Janeiro to Malta took about 5,782 nautical miles and during the voyage speeds well over seven knots were reached. Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, headquartered in Rotterdam

Boskalis Posts Highest Profit


  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) achieved a very busy first half year with historically high profit and realized a net profit of EUR 306.5 million in the first half of 2015, a rise of 21% (H1 2014: EUR 253.0 million). Revenue in the first half of the year rose 1.6% to EUR 1

Damen Delivers Ice Class Tug to Lithuania

ASD Tug 2810 ICE  (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

The Damen Shipyards Group has delivered an ASD Tug 2810 ICE to Klasco Towage Assistance, an affiliate of Klaipeda Stevedoring Company (KLASCO). The largest tugboat service provider in the Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania), this is the company’s first purchase of a Damen tug

Sanmar Built Vessel Join Svitzer’s Fleet

Tugboat Shipyard at Tuzla Bay. Photo: Sanmar Tugboat

 Sanmar Shipyard Tuzla has built M/T Svitzer Amstel (Boğaçay XII) will join Svitzer’s fleet at the Port of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.    The vessel measures 24.4m x 11.25m with a 60 tonne bollard pull derived from a pair of 3512 C Caterpillar engines

Damen Tugs Renew Towmar Baltic UAB fleet

TAK 10 TAK 11

Towage operator Towmar Baltic UAB recently renewed its fleet with two new Damen ASD Tugs 2810.   The ship assistance and marine service company provides services to customers calling at the Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) and the Port of Liepaja (Latvia) in the Baltic Sea region

New Hybrid Tug Joins Multraship Fleet


Dutch towage and salvage specialist Multraship has welcomed into its fleet Multratug 28, an energy efficient hybrid Damen ASD 2810-type tug with FiFi 1 firefighting capabilities.   Damen’s ASD 2810 Hybrid is a new design, and this is the second of its class to be built

Boskalis Posts Record Profits

Peter Berdowski, CEO. Pic with compliments from Boskalis

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) achieved net profit of EUR 490 million in 2014.   Revenue rose by 1 per cent to EUR 3.2 billion (2013: EUR 3.1 billion).   EBITDA rose by 25 per cent to EUR 946 million (2013: EUR 757 million) and the operating result (EBIT) was up

2 Damen Tugs for KOTUG’s European Harbor Towage

ZP Bear will complement our fleet of tugs operating on the River Thames

  Damen Shipyards Group delivered two sister tugs ATD 2412 ‘ZP Bison’ and ‘ZP Bear’ to strengthen KOTUG’s European Harbour Towage. On April 8th 2015, the sister tugs were handed over by designer and builder Damen to her owner Elisabeth Ltd in order to operate

SAAM SMIT Towage Brazil Signs on with Helm

Helm Operations has signed on Brazilian harbor services company SAAM SMIT Towage to its Helm Marine Operations software to manage its billing and dispatch.    SAAM SMIT Towage started towage operations in Brazil in 2008 and is now active in eight ports and terminals

Viking Star Towed into London

Credit: Viking Star

Kotug Rotortugs RT Ambition and RT Evolution were charged with a special task this morning as they towed new cruise ship Viking Star on her first call to the Port of London. RT Ambition and RT Evolution towed Viking Star through the Thames Tidal Barrier on the Upper River Thames and assisted

Damen-built Tug RT Evolution Christened

ART 80-32 RT Evolution

  On May 18th, 2015, the Damen-built ART 80-32 Hybrid RotortugRT Evolution was named at the Greenwich Ship Tier in London during the cocktail reception of ‘Tugnology Conference’. Mrs Elizabeth Brunton-Reed, spouse of The ABR Company’s Chairman Mr Allan Brunton-Reed

KOTUG’s Hybrid Rotortug Named in Bremerhaven

left to right: Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG), Annika Bootsman-Kleberg (Wallenius), Uwe Magnussen (KOTUG Germany)

First hybrid tug in German waters On June 18, 2015, the Damen-built ART 80-32 Hybrid Rotortug RT Emotion was named in the Port of Bremerhaven during KOTUG’s annual Herring Party. Annika Bootsman-Kleberg, Member of the Wallenius’ Board and granddaughter of Olof Wallenius

Svitzer Orders Pair of Damen Tugboats

Photos courtesy of  Damen

Svitzerhas ordered two more Damen ASD 3212 tugs with 80 tons bollard pull performance for its escort and towing operations on the Thames and Felixstowe. They are being built at Damen’s ong Cam Shipyard in Vietnam and will be delivered to Svitzer UK in October 2015.

Damen Stan Pontoon 9127 for Ocean Koper

Stan Pontoon 9127 artist impression (Image: Damen)

Ocean Koperd.o.o, a member of the Ocean Team headquartered in Trieste, Italy, will strengthen its fleet with the addition of a Damen Stan Pontoon 9127. The contract, signed on June 24, is for the largest pontoon in the region, and certainly in the Adriatic Sea, the builder noted.

Bugsier's First Order with Damen

ASD 2411 - Artist Impression

  BugsierReedereican look back on a history that spans over a century. The company, with the largest tug fleet under German flag,will celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2016, and will also mark the delivery of the newly purchased Damen ASD 2411

Fratelli Neri Orders Damen Tug

Damens ASD 3212 Tug

One of the largest Italian tug owners, Fratelli Neri S.p.A, ordered its first Damen tug, an ASD 3212, on 21 July 2015.   The vessel will be the first ASD tug in the Mediterranean region with a Damen Render Recovery Escort winch. The family-owned

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