March 21, 2024

Georgetown, Guyana

KOTUG Guyana, a local subsidiary of KOTUG International, a leading maritime service provider known for its innovative towage solutions, recently welcomed Dr. Martin Pertab, Director of the Local Content Secretariat (LCS), and his team aboard the SD Power, a state-of-the-art Offshore Terminal tug, at the Guyana Shore Base in Georgetown. This visit underscores the ongoing partnership between the LCS and major contractors in the oil and gas sector, emphasising KOTUG’s dedication to supporting operations in Guyana. 

The SD Power is one of the five Offshore Terminal Tugs under KOTUG Guyana’s fleet, actively contributing to the maritime operations essential to the oil and gas industry. All tugs are equipped with Azimuth Stern Drive (‘ASD’) and Dynamic Positioning Class 2 (‘DP-2’) along with double-ended control ability with winches placed forward and aft on the vessel. The engagement provided the LCS with an opportunity to observe KOTUG’s operations firsthand and to engage directly with the personnel driving these critical services. 

Dr. Pertab highlighted the visit’s purpose as a step towards strengthening collaborations and understanding the unique challenges and opportunities present in the industry. “Our visit today is a testament to our belief in the power of partnership. Working closely with leaders in the oil and gas sector, like KOTUG, allows us to directly contribute to the development of local content and ensure a sustainable future for Guyana,” Dr. Pertab commented. 

In response to the visit, Willem Van Woercom, Corporate Operations Director of KOTUG Guyana, expressed the company’s commitment to fostering local talent and resources. “We are honoured to host the LCS team and showcase our efforts in integrating local content into our operations. KOTUG is committed to providing exceptional maritime services and building and nurturing the capabilities of our Guyanese team members. Our plan to steadily increase the number of local professionals in our operations is a testament to this commitment. We see great value in collaborating with the LCS and other local stakeholders to drive forward mutual goals of development and prosperity,” stated Van Woercom. 

The visit facilitated interactions between the LCS delegation and key Guyanese team members onboard, including Hemchand Deosaran, Operations Manager; Stanley Ramsammy, Port Engineer; and Chief Mate Reynard Ramsaroop of the SD Power. These engagements highlighted the valuable contributions of local professionals to KOTUG’s operations and their pivotal role in the industry’s success in Guyana. 

Currently, there are 27 Guyanese supporting KOTUG’s operations, with plans to increase this number and continue leveraging local goods and services, further solidifying KOTUG’s investment in Guyana’s growth.