International maritime service provider KOTUG celebrated the christening ceremony of one of the latest generation Rotor®Tugs at the ASL Shipyard in Singapore on February, 26th 2013.
The RotorTug ‘RT Inspiration’ and her sister tugs ‘RT Rotation’, ‘RT Sensation’ are built in Singapore and have a power of 6,500 HP and 84 tons Bollard Pull. These tugs are equipped with three Schottel propulsion units under tug’s hull giving them a unique manoeuvrability (see enclosed specification).
The ’RT Rotation’, ‘RT Sensation’ and ‘RT Inspiration’ will join three Rotor®Tugs already operating in Port Hedland, Australia, taking the total to six. Teekay Shipping Australia has agreed to a series of bareboat charter agreement with Elisabeth Group as owner of the tugs under services of KOTUG International B.V. for the above mentioned three additional 80+ tons bollard pull Rotor®Tugs to service Port Hedland, Western Australia.
Teekay Shipping currently provides crewing and technical management services to ship owner BHP, which will now boasts a fleet of 14 tugs in what is referred to, by the mining sector in particular, as Australia’s busiest port. Teekay and KOTUG’s close working relationship has been further solidified by the establishment of joint venture company, KT Maritime Services Ltd Australia, a company created in July 2012. KT Maritime has been established to provide marine towage solutions to the Australian Energy and Resources sectors.
During the christening ceremony of RT Inspiration, KOTUG highlighted the important role of Piet Sinke in the maritime industry, inspiring other people with his great achievements, enthusiasm inspiration and issuing a daily ‘Maasmond Newsclippings’, sent by e-mail to approximately 200.000 readers.
As a token of appreciation for Piet’s hard work, his wife Mrs. Elizabeth Sinke, was invited to perform the christening ceremony of the ‘RT Inspiration’.