Kotug Smit's New Sister Tugs Go to Work

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 30, 2017

Photo courtesy: Leo van der Stek and Dirk Neyts

Photo courtesy: Leo van der Stek and Dirk Neyts

Kotug Smit Towage has taken two Damen-built ASD 2913 sister tugs, Rotterdam and Southampton, into service for its European harbour towage.

Both tugs recently commenced harbour towage activities, starting in the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Zeebrugge respectively.

Both tugs have a length of 29 meters, a width of 13 meters and a bollard pull in excess of 80 tons. The Southampton is equipped with a fire-fighting1 system. The tugs were selected for their high performance and short delivery time. The characteristics of these tugs match the fleet of tugs Kotug Smit is currently operating and fit perfectly into its European harbour towage operations.

Jeroen van Rookhuijzen, General Manager Operations Rotterdam, said, “We welcome the Rotterdam in the Port of Rotterdam to assist all types of vessels of our clients at the Maasvlakte 2 and the Rotterdam area.”

Geert Vandecappelle, General Manager Operations Scheldt Area, said, “We are glad that the Southampton will complement our fleet of tugs operating in Zeebrugge to meet and exceed our clients’ needs.”

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