A century of KOTUG history
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.
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.
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.
During the 2nd World War, the Kooren family managed to save their tugs "Frans" and "Adriaan".
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.
From 1953 to 1986 Sleepdienst Adriaan Kooren carried out many dredging transports as main contractor for the famous "Deltawerken" in Zeeland, The Netherlands.
In 1977, Ton Kooren started "Ton Kooren International Marine Services BV", mainly providing worldwide and deep sea towage.
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.
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.
Ton Kooren’s son Ard-Jan Kooren is appointed Commercial Manager of the KOTUG Group.
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.
KOTUG Expands in Australia with Joint Venture KTM
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.
KOTUG announces the appointment of Mr. Osman Munir as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in the Board of the KOTUG Group of companies.
KOTUG and Seabulk Towing form Joint Venture in Bahamas