KOTUG International is a leading Towage Services provider, with a fleet of 100+ tugs active across the globe.


KOTUG’s areas of expertise include Terminal Towage, Harbour Towage, Offshore Operations and Salvage Operations. We charter vessels to clients worldwide on short and long term contracts. Our long-standing knowledge is consolidated in the Maritime Excellence Center which provides training and consultancy.


Headquartered in The Netherlands, KOTUG is active in Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Caribbean and continues to expand its operations worldwide.


We combine global knowledge with local expertise in several Joint Ventures with local partners. KOTUG is renowned for establishing solid, long-term business relationships with clients in industries such as Oil & Gas, Mining, Renewables, Offshore and Port Authorities.


KOTUG is firmly committed to the highest industry standards of health, safety, environment, quality and security.







Minister of Water Management Cora Van Nieuwenhuizen visits RT Borkum

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Minister of Water Management visits KOTUG’s unique joint industry project: remote controlled fire fighting & remote controlled tugboat sailing Kotug demonstrates the combination of remote controlled tugboat sailing with the RT Borkum and remote controlled fire fighting at the Innovation Expo 2018 in Rotterdam. Minister Cora Van Nieuwenhuizen, of Infrastructure and Water Management, visits RT Borkum and KOTUG’s unique joint industry project : A captain of KOTUG takes over the control of the tug via a remote secured internet line and camera images, and extinguished a ‘fire’ on a close by jetty. READ MORE

KOTUG demonstrates remote controlled tugboat sailing over a long distance


KOTUG demonstrates remote controlled tugboat sailing over a long distance. A unique joint industry project Kotug demonstrates the sailing of the first remote controlled tugboat over a long distance today. The RT Borkum was controlled from the International Tug, Salvage & OSV Convention and Exhibition (ITS) ITS in Marseille, while the RT Borkum was sailing in Rotterdam. A captain of KOTUG took over the control of the tug via a remote secured internet line and camera images. These cameras and controls of the tugboat were used on the demo consoles in Marseille. This project is a joint industry project by the sponsors mentioned below. There was no external subsidy used. READ MORE


KOTUG firmly focuses on sustainability
and long-term business continuation.

safe and efficient towage services

KOTUG works with clients in Oil & Gas, Offshore, Mining and Shipping industries.


Our services include escorting, berthing and safety cover, including firefighting and oil pollution control.


Terminal Towage


KOTUG provides terminal towage assistance to Port Terminals as well as floating facilities such as FSO, FPSO, FLNG, FSRU, and SPM Terminals.


Offshore and Salvage Operations


We have a track record in assisting Rigs, Barges, Offshore Structures and Construction Modules. We also provide safe and professional salvage assistance across the globe.


Harbour Towage


In conjunction with our joint venture partners, KOTUG currently performs 90.000 towage assistances per year, safely assisting a vast range of vessels from and to their berthing places at the busiest ports in the world.