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...

April 2021

Sustainability Pressure Cooker

Master students challenged with assignment on sustainable global procurement platform April 19, 2021 Today, a group of 100 students of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences were briefed for a challenging assignment for KOTUG International as part of their Master in International Supply Chain Management. In a pressure cooker trajectory of...
April 2021

KOTUG Training signs MoU with MTI, Karachi

Karachi (Pakistan) & Rotterdam (The Netherlands), April 5, 2021 KOTUG Training signs MoU with Maritime Training Institute to develop a strategic partnership KOTUG Training (formerly Tug Training & Consultancy (TTC), part of the Kotug Group of Companies, and Maritime Training Institute Karachi (MTI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a...
February 2021

The next level of remote support: the KOTUG EYE

Ensuring business continuity at all times while reducing CO2 emissions After successful testing KOTUG started to use AR glasses to ensure the continuity of its ISO and class audits and technical support by engineers on-site.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we were confronted with many challenges, one of them being...