Canadian Minister of Industry, the Honorable James Moore, visited the KOTUG’s Headquarters and sailed on board of the hybrid Rotortug RT Adriaan, the so-called E-KOTUG, in the Port of Rotterdam.
The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and the Minister of Industry, James Moore of the Government of Canada combined the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague with a working trip to the Port of Rotterdam. The visit to Rotterdam was focused on highlighting the trade and business relations between Canada and Europe. The Prime Minister and Minister of Industry were accompanied by a delegation of 15-20 Canadian business people.
Minister of Industry, James Moore visited KOTUG’s office and sailed on board of the hybrid Rotortug RT Adriaan and was inspired by the company’s global success and forward-thinking leadership. He was also impressed with the innovative and sustainable maritime technology and the durable partnerships with several Canadian companies. After the boat trip James Moore visited the KOTUG office in Rotterdam, where a MOU Signing Ceremony has been taken place between Canadian companies and KOTUG.
James Moore, Canada's Minister of Industry, said, "I am delighted to witness these partnerships between Dutch and Canadian firms from coast to coast. Having companies like Teekay, Robert Allan Ltd. and AKA involved in projects with KOTUG and Damen is an excellent example of collaboration opportunities between Canada and the Netherlands.”
Partnership with Aspin Kemp and Associates Canada
In 2012 the construction of world’s first fully classed hybrid Rotortug, the “E-KOTUG" was developed in partnership with Aspin Kemp and Associates Canada, supplier of the Xeropoint Hybrid Propulsion system. The E-KOTUG has many advantages: significant noise reduction, a 45% reduction in emissions, and improved fuel economy in the range of 25%. This represents a dramatic improvement in the vessel’s overall efficiency.
Hybrid technology has also been integrated into KOTUG’s new building program. By mid-2014, two new hybrid Rotortugs (ART 80-32 series) will be added to the KOTUG fleet. These Rotortugs will be equipped with Aspin Kemp & Associates’ XeroPoint Hybrid Propulsion System, the latest generation of the hybrid system fitted on E-KOTUG, RT Adriaan.
Partnership with Robert Allan Design Canada
The ART 80-32 Rotortugs are designed by Rotortug B.V. and naval architects and marine engineers, Robert Allan Ltd. Canada. The hybrid Rotortugs will be constructed by Damen Shipyards in Europe. Recently, a prestigious contract has been awarded to KT Maritime Services Ltd. (joint venture of KOTUG and Teekay) for three Offshore Rotortugs in order to support world’s first FLNG Shell Prelude project. The Offshore Rotortugs are designed by Rotortug B.V. and Robert Allan Ltd.