Kotug Smit Towage has taken the two sister tugs ASD 2913 ‘Rotterdam’ and ‘Southampton’ into service for its European harbour towage. The tugs were built by Damen Shipyards.
Both tugs have a length of 29 meters, a width of 13 meters and a bollard pull in excess of 80 tons. The ‘Southampton’ is equipped with a fire-fighting1 system. The tugs were selected for their high performance and short delivery time. The characteristics of these tugs match the fleet of tugs Kotug Smit is currently operating and fit perfectly into its European harbour towage operations.
Jeroen van Rookhuijzen, General Manager Operations Rotterdam, mentioned: “We welcome the ‘Rotterdam’ in the Port of Rotterdam to assist all types of vessels of our clients at the Maasvlakte 2 and the Rotterdam area.”
Geert Vandecappelle, General Manager Operations Scheldt Area, stated: “We are glad that the ‘Southampton’ will complement our fleet of tugs operating in Zeebrugge to meet and exceed our clients’ needs.”
Source: Kotug Smit