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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


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


KOTUG Asia's Rotortugs Begin Work in Malaysia

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG Asia Sdn. Bhd. has commenced towage activities with its Rotortugs in the port of Tanjung Pelapas (PTP) Malaysia, with effect from November 1, 2015, the operator and owner announced today.   KOTUG Asia said it started its operations with two 65 tons bollard pull Rotortugs, RT Claire and RT Stéphanie, in PTP delivering 24/7 operations supported by local Malaysian management and experienced crew. Additionally


KOTUG, Boskalis Begin Harbor Towage Joint Venture

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG International B.V. and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. have formalized a joint venture for the companies’ European harbor towage operations.   The joint operations are transferred to a 50/50 joint venture, combining the European harbor towage activities of KOTUG and Boskalis’ subsidiary SMIT. The merged operations will operate under the entity KOTUG SMIT Towage, with operational integration beginning April 7, 2016.  


Southern Exposure: Wilson Sons' Sergio Guedes Talks Towage

WS Procyon is a powerful 32 meter azimuth escort tug. (Photo: Wilson Sons Towage)

The influx of ships and rigs sailing into and out of Brazilian ports since the discovery of large pre-salt plays off Brazil in 2007, and the opening of new ports and shipyards during the past decade has led to a sharp increase in towing operations in Brazil. MR spoke to Sergio Guedes, Director of Operations at Wilson Sons Towage, about the towage and salvage markets in Brazil.    Wilson Sons Group is one of the largest integrated operators in port and maritime logistics in Brazil


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.


KOTUG Adds Fifth Infield Support Vessel

Coral Knight (Photo: KOTUG)

Towage operator KOTUG said it has acquired a fifth infield support vessels (ISVs) in Australia and East Timor, furthering its investment in offshore support.   The new vessel, Coral Knight, will be bare boat chartered exclusively to Australian Maritime Systems Limited (AMS) to provide emergency towage services and maintain aids to the navigation network at the Great Barrier Reef for AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority).   


Two New Tugs for Rimorchiatori Riuniti

Damen ASD Tug 2411 Columbia (Photo: Damen)

Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti has continued its fleet expansion with the deliveries of two new Damen tugs; an ASD 2913 called Danimarca and an ASD 2411 called Columbia.   The delivery of the Danimarca took place in Genoa on June 14, 2017


Ocean Group Takes Delivery of First Damen Tug

Stan Tug 2608 (Photo: Damen)

Italian maritime service provider Ocean S.r.l. has welcomed its first Damen tug – a Stan Tug 2608 – into its fleet. The company, part of the Ocean-Team Group, will deploy the vessel in harbor towage operations in the ports of Monfalcone and Porto Nogaro in the northern reaches of the


Port Autonome de Papeete Orders Tug for Tahiti

Damen’s local agent, Damien Barrow, Boris Peyterman, Technical Director PAP, George Puchon, CEO PAP and Damen Sales Manager Vincent Maes. (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards said it has won an open tender for the supply of a tug to Port Autonome de Papeete on the Pacific island of Tahiti. Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of the French Republic. The tug will be Damen’s popular ASD 2810 model, a rugged


Crew Transfer Vessel Delivered to Targe Towing

(Photo: Mainstay Marine)

Welsh workboat builder Mainstay Marine said it has delivered a newly built 15-meter crew transfer vessel to Scottish tug operator and owner Targe Towing.   The Camarc designed vessel is constructed with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure


KotugSmit Towage Starts Towing in Southampton

(Photo courtesy: Andrew Sassoli-Walker)

On April 1, 2017 Kotug Smit Towage (KotugSmit) commenced towage activities with four powerful tugs in the port of Southampton, United Kingdom. The tugs ‘ZP Boxer’ and ‘SD Salvor’ performed their ‘first’ assistance on the River Test


Kotug, Seabulk Team Up in Bahamas

Buckeye Bahamas Hub. Photo: Marketwire

KOTUG International and Seabulk Towing have been awarded a contract with Borco Towing Company to carry out all towage operations at their Buckeye Bahamas Hub in the Bahamas.    The contract will be performed through a newly formed joint venture between KOTUG and Seabulk: Kotug Seabulk


Wilson Sons to Build Tugs for Saam Smit

Image: Damen

Wilson Sons Limited announces to its shareholders that the shipyard subsidiary Wilson Sons Estaleiros Ltda, has signed a contract to construct two azimuth tugboats for Saam Smit Towage do Brasil S.A. (Saam Smit), to be delivered within twenty months of payment of the first installment of each


New ASD Tug for Saam Smit in Panama

Damen ASD Tug 2411 SST Portobelo (Photo: Damen)

Saam Smit Towage has ordered a new ASD (Azimuth Stern Drive) 2411 tug from Damen Shipyards, for operations in the port of Colón, Panama. Built for stock at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, it was subsequently transported to the Netherlands for finishing


KotugSmit, MOL Team up for Smart Operations

Photo courtesy of KotugSmit / Andrew Sassoli-Walker / Dietmar Hasenpusch

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (container, tanker, dry-bulk and car carrier divisions) and KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE (KotugSmit) signed long term towage agreements, effective early 2017. The two have agreed upon a long term towage contract for the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing


Kotug Aids Allseas in Topsides Transport

Photo: Kotug

Kotug International’s offshore division has assisted Allseas with the transfer and transport of Shell’s Brent Delta topsides after the record-setting removal of the structure by Pioneering Spirit.   Kotug was mainly involved in the assistance of the cargo barge Iron Lady during


ITIC Reimburses Marine Surveyor Accused of Negligence

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reimbursed a marine surveyor accused of negligence by the owner of a ferry which sustained significant machinery damage while being towed to a shipyard.   The ferry, which operated in North American waters


New Tug Delivered to Targe Towing

Photo: Sanmar

U.K towage company Targe Towing ltd. signed a contract with Sanmar Shipyards for the purchase of tugboat Bogacay 26 two weeks ago.   Bogacay 26 started her maiden journey immediately after the contract signing and arrived Aberdeen last week.  


World’s Biggest Containership Eases into Felixstowe

The Madrid Maersk at Felixstowes Berth 8 photographed by Captain Prithvi Singh, SCS pilot at Harwich Haven Authority, who piloted the Madrid Maersk out of Felixstowe.

The Madrid Maersk, the latest in a long line of record-breaking containerships, arrived on June 6, 2017 at the Port of Felixstowe’s newest quay, its first port of call in Northern Europe on its maiden voyage.    As the world’s current biggest containership (weighing in at


Kotug Smit Towage Orders Three New Tugs

The board of Kotug Smit Towage with Secretary General of European Tugowners Association. On the picture left to right: Wouter Nieuwveld, CFO Kotug Smit Towage, Anna Maria Darmanin, ETA, Harrold van der Meer, COO Kotug Smit Towage, René Raaijmakers, CEO Kotug Smit Towage. (Photo: Kotug Smit)

With its latest newbuild order, Kotug Smit Towage will bring the total number of Damen-built tugs operating in its fleet of 69 to 22.   The European harbor towage services provider has ordered a trio from Damen Shipyards Group, including two 80 metric ton bollard pull ASD Tugs 2913


Rolls-Royce, Svitzer Trial Remote Controlled Tug Operations

Svitzer Hermod (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

 Earlier this year in Copenhagen Harbor, the 28-meter-long tug Svitzer Hermod berthed alongside the quay, undocked, turned 360 degrees and sailed back to Svitzer headquarters before docking again, all under remote operation while the captain was stationed quayside at the vessel’s remote






 
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