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FIRST TUG BOAT BY ANTONIE KOOREN
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.
FIRST WHITE “K”APPEARS ON FUNNELS
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.
FOUNDATION OF “SLEEPDIENST ADRIAAN KOOREN”
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...
TUGS SAVED DURING WW2
During the 2nd World War, the Kooren family managed to save their tugs "Frans" and "Adriaan".
FOUNDATION TUGBOAT COMPANY AT BOOMPJES ROTTERDAM
After the war, Antonie Kooren and his 5 sons joined forces and started their own tug boat company. As partner in this venture, Adriaan settled in a wooden office at the ‘’Boompjeskade’’ in Rotterdam.
CONTRACTOR FOR DELTAWERKEN, THE NETHERLANDS
From 1953 to 1986 Sleepdienst Adriaan Kooren carried out many dredging transports as main contractor for the famous "Deltawerken" in Zeeland, The Netherlands.
ESTABLISHMENT INTERNATIONAL MARINE SERVICES
In 1977, Ton Kooren started "Ton Kooren International Marine Services BV", mainly providing worldwide and deep sea towage.
TON KOOREN SUCCEEDS HIS FATHER
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
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...
4TH GENERATION JOINS KOTUG
Ton Kooren’s son Ard-Jan Kooren is appointed Commercial Manager of the KOTUG Group.
ARD-JAN KOOREN 4TH GENERATION KOOREN CEO, MARGO KOK – VAN DER WAL JOINS BOARD AS CFO
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.
JOINT VENTURE KOTUG TEEKAY MARITIME (KTM)
KOTUG Expands in Australia with Joint Venture KTM
SHELL CONTRACT FOR DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF 3 ISV’S.
Shell Australia has awarded a major contract for the design, construction and operation of three Infield Support Vessels (ISVs) to KOTUG Australia (formerly KT Maritime) to support its Prelude FLNG Project, located 475km north-north east of Broome, in Western Australia.
The contract includes the supply of three 42 metre-long, 100-tonne...
ESTABLISHMENT JOINT VENTURE KOTUG SMIT
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.
OSMAN MUNIR JOINS KOTUG BOARD AS CCO
KOTUG announces the appointment of Mr. Osman Munir as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in the Board of the KOTUG Group of companies.
KSM JOINT VENTURE CARRIBEAN
KOTUG and Seabulk Towing form Joint Venture in Freeport, Bahamas
KOTUG INTERNATIONAL AND MARANA SET UP JOINT VENTURE PORTX
PortX will optimize port asset utilization with Optiport dispatch planning based on AI.
KOTUG ACQUIRES FULL OWNERSHIP OF KT MARITIME
KOTUG ACQUIRES FULL OWNERSHIP OF KT MARITIME
KOTUG MARITIME SERVICES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd, has changed its name into KOTUG MARITIME SERVICES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
FIRST ASSISTANCE PRELUDE SHELL FLNG FACILITY
KOTUG performed it's first official assistance to Prelude, Shell FLNG facility, the largest floating facility ever built.
KOTUG AND BOSKALIS SELL KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE TO BOLUDA
KOTUG International BV and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., 50/50 shareholders of Kotug Smit Towage, intend to sell their shares to Boluda Group (Boluda).
KOTUG AND HORIZON MARITIME START KOTUG CANADA
KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) and Horizon Maritime Services Ltd (Horizon Maritime)announce that they have formed ‘KOTUG Canada’, a joint venture company which will offer terminal and harbour towage services across Canada.
KOTUG ACQUIRES MARSOL INTERNATIONAL
KOTUG acquires Marsol International Ltd., a leading offshore and marine terminal service centre, specialized in offshore single point mooring (SPM) terminals and related infrastructure.
KOTUG starts first operation in South America
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...
KOTUG to acquire Seaways International
An important milestone for KOTUG to strengthen its leading position in global offshore markets.
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