Father of ‘Tugnology’ honoured at Riviera Maritime Media’s TUGTECHNOLOGY ’23 in Rotterdam
On 22 May, Ton Kooren, founder of Kotug International and inventor of the Rotortug, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the prestigious maritime sector magazine, International Tug & Salvage. The award, presented at the Postillion Hotel Rotterdam by Sanmar Shipyards board chairman Ali Gurun, recognised Ton Kooren’s contribution for his outstanding significance to the international tug industry during his lifetime.
Ton Kooren (86 years), the third generation of the Kooren family in the towage business, is renowned for bringing innovation to the international tug business, amongst others with the invention of the Rotortug. ‘Tugnology’ is how Ton describes his inventions. His unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation has revolutionized the way the towage industry operates.
“We are thrilled to present Ton Kooren with the ITS 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Riviera Maritime Media Executive Editor and Conference Chairman Edwin Lampert. “Mr. Kooren’s remarkable achievements and profound impact on the international tug industry are a testament to his unwavering dedication, expertise, and vision. He has set new benchmarks for success and has truly earned this prestigious recognition.”
“I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Ton Kooren. “To everyone who has been a part of my journey, thank you for your unwavering support and belief in my vision. This award is as much yours as it is mine. I encourage the next generation of Kotuggers to continue to forge ahead and pushing boundaries, in a sustainable way.”