February 2024


KOTUG International B.V. (“KOTUG”) announced today that it has concluded the acquisition of Kotug Seabulk Maritime LLC (“KSM”) taking full ownership of the business. KOTUG acquired the interest of its joint venture partner, SEACOR Holdings Inc. (“SEACOR”) via its Seabulk subsidiary KS Maritime Holdings LLC, owner of the 50%...

February 2024

KOTUG Canada holds steel cutting ceremony for two powerful, high bollard pull Methanol Fueled Escort Tugs for Trans Mountain Expansion Project

On 13 February 2024, KOTUG Canada Inc., a partnership between KOTUG International B.V. and Canada’s Horizon Maritime Inc., held a steel cutting ceremony for two RAsalvor 4400-DFM dual fuel methanol escort tugs – Robert Allan Ltd. design - to service the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), at Sanmar Shipyard...

December 2023

A message from our CEO

Christmas is approaching and I think it is a good time to reflect on what we have experienced this year. While in the world we see that armed conflicts are not only not decreasing, but in fact increasing, bringing desolation and death to many homes, most of us must...

November 2023

KOTUG’s growth in Guyana accelerates with expanded fleet

KOTUG International B.V. through its 100% owned and operated affiliated company “KOTUG Guyana Inc.” strengthened its position in Guyana with the arrival of three (3) additional Offshore Terminal Tugs to support ExxonMobil Guyana’s offshore operations.

SD Power and SD Honour engaged in a tanker lifting operation at the Stabroek Field,...
October 2023

E-Pusher 1 nominated for Ship of the year award 2023

We are proud to share that our E-Pusher 1, the result of an intensive partnership with Padmos, has been nominated for the ‘Ship of the year award’ 2023.

The E-Pusher 1 is the world’s first modular, zero-emission, fully electric pusher tug for barge combinations. The innovative concept aligns with our mission...

July 2023

KOTUG Canada partners with Robert Allan Ltd. and Sanmar to build two powerful, high bollard pull Methanol Fuelled Escort Tugs

After a rigorous and competitive process KOTUG Canada (“KOTUG”) has selected Türkiye’s Sanmar Shipyards to build two RAsalvor 4400-DFM dual fuel methanol escort tugs - Robert Allan Ltd. design - to service the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP).

These tugs will escort tankers from the harbour limits of the Port...

July 2023

KOTUG Canada Provides First State-of-the-Art Dual Fuel Methanol Escort Tugs for Trans Mountain’s Expanded Operations on Canada’s West Coast

In 2021, after a rigorous and competitive process, Trans Mountain, on behalf of shippers for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), awarded KOTUG Canada Inc. a long-term contract to provide enhanced escort towage services for tankers that load crude oil at Trans Mountain’s Westridge Marine Terminal.

Trans Mountain operates Canada’s...

June 2023

Cargill partners with Kotug to launch the world’s first zero-emission electric pusher tug and barge

The vessel will embark on its maiden voyage from the Port of Amsterdam to Cargill’s cocoa factory in Zaandam, the Netherlands

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Cargill has partnered with Kotug International to deploy Kotug’s zero emission E-Pusher™ and E-Barges, the world’s first fully electric pusher boat and barges to transport...

May 2023


Father of ‘Tugnology’ honoured at Riviera Maritime Media’s TUGTECHNOLOGY ’23 in Rotterdam

On 22 May, Ton Kooren, founder of Kotug International and inventor of the Rotortug, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the prestigious maritime sector magazine, International Tug & Salvage. The award, presented at the Postillion...

March 2023

International Women’s Day 2023 – Embrace Equity

The 2023 theme of International Women's Day (IWS) is "Embrace Equity". Kotug supports IWS and embraces equity, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to contributing to more gender equity in society. This starts with offering the same opportunities for men and women and zero tolerance for gender discrimination. However,...

February 2023

KOTUG Canada and GIT work together to help reduce underwater radiated noise in oceans

KOTUG Canada Inc.*, strongly committed to reducing the impact of operations on the environment, has recently applied revolutionary non-toxic noise reduction coatings to the hull of one of their vessels, the K.J. Gardner.

KOTUG Canada has worked extensively with Graphite Innovation and Technologies (GIT), an industry leader focused on manufacturing...

February 2023

Zero-emission city logistics over water gains popularity

KOTUG E-Pusher increasingly used for emission-free and efficient waterborne transport of various cargo flows in Dutch inner cities.

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For several cities, 2022 was the year in which the City Barge was introduced. It is the smallest model of the KOTUG E-Pusher series and is a collaboration...