Kotug Smit Towage takes on three new Damen tugs for sustained operational growth

15 Jun 2017

Damen Shipyards Group will deliver three newbuild tugs to Kotug Smit Towage for its European harbour towage operations. This order will bring the total number of Damen-built tugs operating in Kotug Smit’s fleet of 69 to 22.

  • This agreement encompasses two ASD Tugs 2913 and an ATD Tug 2412 Twin Fin.

    The ASD 2913 is renowned for its manoeuvrability and environmentally efficient performance and boasts 80 tonne bollard pull. Damen has outfitted one of the two 2913 vessels with a fire-fighting system. The 70 tonne bollard pull ATD Tug 2412, with its Twin Fin feature, combines compactness with manoeuvrability.

    Kotug Smit Towage CEO René Raaijmakers stated: “We are delighted to be supporting our growth in the UK with the addition of three new tugs to our fleet. These Damen tugs were selected for their high performance and short delivery time and will fit perfectly into our European harbour towage operations, especially given their commonality with the tugs we are currently operating.”

    Simultaneously, Kotug Smit Towage commenced a charter of a Damen-built ASD 2810 Hybrid tug, which was renamed Hampshire during Kotug Smit’s ‘Herring with friends-party’ – a traditional Dutch event to mark the beginning of the herring season – in Rotterdam. Hampshire was freshly delivered from Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam, where she had been repainted in Kotug Smit Towage colours.

    On the first top photo:
    Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tug 'Hampshire'

    On the second top photo:
    Anna Maria Darmanin (right), Secretary General of the European Tugowners Association (ETA) performed the renaming ceremony of the tug “Hampshire” with Kotug Smit Towage’s CEO René Raaijmakers (left)

    On the third top photo:
    From 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.