October 2021


Optimising BHP fleet in Port Hedland with proven Rotor Tug Technology

KOTUG´s new build Rotortugs RT Imperieuse and RT Clerke arrived in Port Hedland, Australia. Both vessels, chartered to BHP for the long term, will further optimize the fleet of mining group BHP to support their bulk carrier loadings at...

October 2021

KOTUG starts operations in Gabon

Supporting Perenco Oil & Gas in optimizing their marine spread with proven Rotor Tug Technology

KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) has been awarded a long-term contract by Perenco Oil & Gas Gabon S.A. (Perenco) to provide towage support for their operations off Port Gentil, Gabon. The contract includes the chartering, operation...

September 2021

RT Sensation joins Tasports fleet

KOTUG’s RT Sensation & RT Force reunited in Tasmania!

RT Sensation arrived yesterday, following a 13-day and 2,786 nautical mile journey from Port Hedland and will work alongside her sister vessel RT Force at Tasmania’s northern port. The arrival of the second 80-tonne bollard pull tug is a further...

September 2021

Can we have your vote? KOTUG shortlisted for ITS Tugowner of the Year election

Awesome!We are shortlisted for the ITS award ‘Tugowner of 2021’, together with four other great names in the industry. Innovation is -and always has been- in our DNA. Therefore, we are proud to be nominated for developing an electric-powered pusher tug series, our smart dispatch technology and reaching a new milestone...

September 2021

Osman Munir promoted to Vice President of KOTUG

The supervisory board of KOTUG is pleased to announce that Mr. Osman Munir, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the KOTUG Group of Companies (KOTUG), has been promoted to Vice President of the Group as of the 1st of September 2021.

In his new role as Vice President and Chief Commercial...

September 2021

First copy of the fourth edition of ‘Tug Use in Port. A practical Guide’ offered to Ard-Jan Kooren (KOTUG)

Today, author Captain Henk Hensen offered the fourth and fully revised edition to Ard-Jan Kooren, President & CEO of KOTUG International on deck of KOTUG’s training vessel the RT Borkum. The book is considered to be the authoritative guide for everyone who sails a tug since it is a...

September 2021

KOTUG says farewell to Margo Kok-Van der Wal as CFO/VP

After forty years of service, a multitude of accomplishments and having a defining role in the family-owned company, KOTUG bids farewell to Margo Kok-Van der Wal as CFO/Vice President.

Passion, dedication and expertise are words that characterise Margo, but above all her signature is visible when it comes to connection....

August 2021


KOTUG Australia Pty Ltd  (KOTUG) and WESTUG PTY Ltd (Westug) have successfully concluded an agreement to re-shape the towage services for Pilbara Marine, a subsidiary of Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) in Port Hedland. The service includes the operation of nine state of the art Rotortugs at Port Hedland, which...

July 2021

KOTUG Training & Consultancy signs MoU with AMC Search

KOTUG Training & Consultancy, the training and consultancy division of KOTUG - and AMC Search, the training and consultancy division of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a long-term strategic partnership. The MoU encompasses exclusive training of (tug) Masters, ships crews and...

June 2021

Day of the Seafarer 2021

Message from Ard-Jan Kooren 

25th June each year is the IMO Day of the Seafarer, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy. A message from our CEO Ard-Jan Kooren to support IMO’s call for a #FairFuture4Seafarers

“The weekends are the hardest. Life has pretty much been...

June 2021

TasPorts welcomes RT Force to its fleet

The first Rotortug operating on the East Coast of Australia

KOTUG announces the charter agreement with TasPorts, Tasmania. TasPorts has welcomed RT Force to its towage fleet at the Port of Bell Bay, in a demonstration of the company’s commitment to continually managing marine risk and enhancing the services provided to customers. All training, both...

May 2021

Game-changing vessel design for the inland shipping industry

KOTUG launches inland shipping division

Today KOTUG announces the establishment of an Inland Shipping division to provide electric powered pusher tugs and smart AI-driven dispatch and route planning applications for the inland water transportation industry. With these logistics solutions, KOTUG aims to support the worldwide energy transition and the modal shift...