April 2022

KOTUG to acquire SEAWAYS to accelerate its growth in worldwide offshore floating energy facilities.

Largest acquisition in KOTUG’s history, family-owned maritime company since 1911.

KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) entered into an agreement to acquire SEAWAYS INTERNATIONAL (Seaways), a reputable owner and operator of state-of-the-art Offshore Support Vessels providing offshore marine services to the global energy industry. The acquisition is an important milestone for KOTUG...

March 2022

KOTUG towed and transferred huge topside from Haugesund to Pioneering Spirit

Last week two Towmasters of KOTUG assisted Allseas by towing and transferring a huge topside. The Equinor owned topside P2 of the Johan Sverdrup offshore oil and gas field was transported from the Norwegian city Haugesund to the Allseas' Pioneering Spirit.

The topside, weighing over 27.000 tonnes (104/64/69 meters) was...

March 2022

International Women’s Day: Margo Kok-Van der Wal about 40 years of female leadership at KOTUG

This years' theme of International Women's Day is #BreakTheBias. We ask Margo Kok-Van der Wal, recently retired Vice President & CFO of the KOTUG Group of Companies, about her experience as a female leader. What is her advice to women and companies to 'break the bias'?

Can you tell us...

February 2022

KOTUG starts with zero-emission transportation from Amsterdam to Zaandam with the first electric E-Pusher™ Type M

KOTUG will deploy the KOTUG E-Pusher type M and four barges for zero-emission barging of cocoa beans from Cargill between the Port of Amsterdam, the largest cocoa import port in the world, and their cocoa facilities in Zaandam. The vessel is equipped with swappable battery energy containers from Shift...

December 2021

KOTUG Canada awarded contract for delivery and operation of three vessels for Trans Mountain Expansion Project

KOTUG Canada Inc., a partnership between KOTUG International B.V. and Canada’s Horizon Maritime Inc., has been awarded a long-term agreement with Trans Mountain, operator of Canada’s only oil pipeline servicing the west coast of Canada providing tidewater access to foreign markets for Canada’s petroleum resources. KOTUG Canada will provide...

November 2021

KOTUG and Shift sign MoU to combine Shift’s PwrSwäp with KOTUG’s E-Pusher™ vessel designs

Today KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) and Shift Clean Energy (Shift) announced the formation of a partnership to use Shift’s new PwrSwäp clean energy service—which uses swappable batteries on a pay-as-you-go basis—on KOTUG’s E-Pusher™ vessels. This unique combination supports the maritime industry in meeting their environmental, social and governance (ESG)...

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...