Our History

 

 

A century of KOTUG history 

 

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    First Tug Boat by Antonie Kooren
    1911
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    The roots of KOTUG (four generations family Kooren) go back to the initial activities of Antonie Kooren, when he built his first tug in 1911.

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    First white "K" appears on funnels
    1919
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    After working for ‘‘Stoomsleepdienst Maas” and “Rotterdamse Sleepdienst”, Antonie decided to set up his own company. He bought a tug “Corrie” in 1919 and from that moment on, the white “K” emblem on the funnels was a fact. These tugs were mainly used for towage and dredging.

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    Foundation of "Sleepdienst Adriaan Kooren"
    1934
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    By this time, Antonie’s son Adriaan had registered as an independent towing agent, working mostly in offshore and dredging. This also provided employment for his 5 brothers. In 1934 a third tug was bought: ‘’Brabantia’’ (later renamed ‘’Antonie’’). Adriaan Kooren registered ‘Towage Company Adriaan Kooren BV’ in 1934. He started out as an independent towage broker to become a tug owner, employing the tugs in the dredging and (port) construction industry in Rotterdam.

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    Tugs saved during WW2
    1940 - 1945
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    During the 2nd World War, the Kooren family managed to save their tugs "Frans" and "Adriaan".

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    Foundation Shipping Company at Boompjes Rotterdam
    1945
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    After the war, Antonie Kooren and his 5 sons joined forces and started their own shipping company. As partner in this venture, Adriaan settled in a wooden office at the ‘’Boompjeskade’’ in Rotterdam.

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    Contractor for Deltawerken, The Netherlands
    1953 - 1986
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    From 1953 to 1986 Sleepdienst Adriaan Kooren carried out many dredging transports as main contractor for the famous "Deltawerken" in Zeeland, The Netherlands.

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    Establishment International Marine Services
    1977
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    In 1977, Ton Kooren started "Ton Kooren International Marine Services BV", mainly providing worldwide and deep sea towage.

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    Ton Kooren succeeds his father
    1986
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    In 1986 Adriaan Kooren asked his son Ton Kooren to take over the company Sleepdienst Adriaan Kooren. Both companies merged together with other family-owned companies into the holding Kooren International.

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    Foundation of KOTUG International B.V.
    1988
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    Foundation of KOTUG International B.V., gradually merging the companies Ton Kooren International Marine Services and Sleepdienst Adriaan Kooren. In 1988 Kotug International started with harbour towage in Rotterdam with a new fleet of Z-pellers from USA, introducing the colour of the tugs and the white K emblem in the blue funnels.

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    4th Generation joins KOTUG
    1995
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    Ton Kooren’s son Ard-Jan Kooren is appointed Commercial Manager of the KOTUG Group.

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    Ard-Jan Kooren 4th Generation Kooren CEO, Margo Kok - Van der Wal joins Board as CFO
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    Ton Kooren retires and is appointed member of the supervisory board of KOTUG. His son Ard-Jan Kooren takes over as President / CEO and Margo Kok-van der Wal is appointed CFO at KOTUG International.

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    Joint Venture Kotug Teekay Maritime (KTM)
    2012
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    KOTUG Expands in Australia with Joint Venture KTM

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    Establishment joint venture KOTUGSMIT
    2016
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    KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) form a Joint Venture KOTUGSMIT. All harbour towage operations in Northwestern Europe are transferred to this new JV.

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    Osman Munir joins KOTUG Board as CCO
    2017
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    KOTUG announces the appointment of Mr. Osman Munir as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in the Board of the KOTUG Group of companies.

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    New Joint Venture in Caribbean
    2017
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    KOTUG and Seabulk Towing form Joint Venture in Bahamas