KOTUG dominates the news

The new Rotor Tug ART80-32 will be built and sold by Damen and Cheoy Lee
The new Rotor Tug ART80-32 will be built and sold by Damen and Cheoy Lee
The former Boa Njord is now in service in KOTUG's colours
The former Boa Njord is now in service in KOTUG's colours
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During the past few weeks the towage industry media has been ‘humming’ with a host of news reports from the Rotterdam headquarters of KOTUG International.

This year the company celebrates its 25th anniversary and much of that news has far reaching implications, not only for KOTUG but also for its clients, suppliers and the towage industry as a whole.

On 26 March an order was placed with two shipbuilders for the first four of a new generation of Rotor tugs, the ART 80-32 designed by Robert Allan Ltd (RAL). The Damen Shipyards Group will construct two ‘hybrid’ versions and Cheoy Lee Shipyards in Hong Kong will build two with ‘all-diesel’ propulsion systems equipped to fire fighting standard FiFi 1.

The involvement of RAL represents a significant industry milestone in the development of the unique Rotor tug concept. The Rotor tug ART 80-32 class is the first to be designed for Rotor tug BV (formerly KST BV) under a recent agreement naming Robert Allan Ltd as the exclusive designer of future Rotor Tugs.

This unique customised design will incorporate the patented Rotor tug, triple azimuthing propulsion concept, offering enhanced omni-directional and precise manoeuvrability and the benefits of a fully redundant propulsion machinery installation. The Rotor tug concept also offers increased security for shiphandling and escort towing, as well as enhanced crew safety.

Vessels of the ART 80-32 class will be 32m in length overall with a beam of12.6m and a propulsion system delivering 3 x 1765kW, to achieve a bollard pull of 80 tonnes. The ‘all-important’ hull form has been developed from RAL’s RAstarseries of high performance escort tugs. Its unique sponsoned shape has been adapted to suit the Rotor tug concept to provide enhanced stability, sea-keeping, and an escort performance far superior to any ‘wall-sided’ alternative.

The ART 80-32 ‘hybrid’ version will be equipped with the Aspin Kemp & Associates’ (AKA) XeroPoint Hybrid Propulsion System. This innovative propulsion power management system integrates electrical and mechanical energy to provide optimal operational modes, resulting in significant environmental and economic savings. Following AKA and KOTUG’s successful hybrid retrofit of the Rotor tug RT Adriaan, which became Europe’s first hybrid E-KOTUG in early 2012, the team is cooperating once again to provide the next generation of hybrid Rotor tugs for the KOTUG fleet.

KOTUG’s president Ard-Jan Kooren said: “Given our active ‘green’ policy, KOTUG were keen to incorporate AKA’s XeroPoint Hybrid technology in the newbuild programme. We have now witnessed, first hand, the benefits of AKA’s hybrid technology. Not only are we reducing our fuel consumption and emissions but we are significantly decreasing our engine running hours which will result in maintenance cost savings as well.”

The shipyards involved in the project, Damen and Cheoy Lee will construct the four Rotor tugs on behalf of Elisabeth Ltd, based in Malta. They will then be chartered to KOTUG, with the first of the new Rotor tugs scheduled for delivery early in 2014.

This latest agreement marks the beginning of a new era for the Rotor tug concept. Neither Damen Shipyards or Cheoy Lee have previously built Rotor tugs and Damen has never constructed tugs to an RAL design. However, it is now possible to order a Rotor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd and built by Damen or Cheoy Lee. The Rotor tug ART 80-32 will be incorporated in the harbour/terminal tugs portfolios of both companies.

Continued expansion

As part of its global strategy, KOTUG continues to invest in modern and powerful tugs to provide high quality services in a growing number of locations. The company recently announced the introduction of three ASD tugs, all procured on very short time scales, with two for delivery in April and one in June.

The first acquisition, the former Scandinavian tug Boa Njord, arrived early in April and is now in service in KOTUG colours as the SD Salvor. Built in 2010, the vessel is a Robert Allan RAmpart 3000 class deepsea tug of 32m in length, with a bollard pull of 67 tonnes. SD Salvor joins the fleet to strengthen KOTUG’s seagoing and offshore activities.

Also due to arrive in April is a second, almost identical, RAmparts 3000 delivered brand new by Medmarine Shipyards in Turkey bearing the name SD Sparta. Both tugs have the same Caterpillar 3516 main engines, each rated at 1,920 kW (total 5150 bhp) but different propulsion units. SD Spartan has Schottel SRP 1515CP and SD Salvor LIPS C5250-/WN-K units and both have almost the same bollard pull.

The third ASD, scheduled for delivery in June, will be the 80 tonnes bollard pull SD Dolphin. This tug is one of the increasingly popular Damen ASD 3212 vessels to be supplied at short notice from stock.

Over the past 25 years KOTUG has been transformed from a European to a global player in the maritime industry. Behind the KOTUG name is a family history going back more than a century. 

KOTUG is now a fast growing towage company, expanding its innovative services to ports and terminals in Europe, West-Africa and Australia. With a young and powerful fleet of 40 tugs, the company serves a variety of markets, including towage services in ports and at sea, in addition to the salvage, offshore and dredging industries. KOTUG’s strategic objectives include expanding its global presence through strategic partnerships, acquisitions and organic growth.

In September 2012 KOTUG started towage operations in Germany’s new deep sea port of Wilhelmshaven and in July of this year will be serving clients at the oil and gas terminals in the UK’s Thames Estuary.  Outside Europe, the company started operations Australia, a key growth market, in July 2012, and in Cameroon,West Africa, in January 2013.

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