As from the start of October 2014, KOTUG is assisting all LNG vessels at the Brunei LNG Terminal with three powerful Rotortugs. Brunei Shell Petroleum Company awarded KOTUG as their exclusive towage provider with a 24/7 operation, supported by local management.
Three 80-ton + bollard pull strong tugs of the revolutionary Rotor concept are in charge for the berthing and unberthing operations of LNG Tankers, standby services during loading, oil spill response and firefighting duties. The Rotortugs: RT Champion, RT Leader and RT Tasman were recently mobilized from Europe to Asia.
A significant milestone
“We are proud to confirm that with the award of this LNG terminal contract our organization is committed to comply with the most stringent quality and safety requirements in our industry. Our company is expanding its innovative approach in services to ports and terminals around the world. A dedicated service for Brunei Shell Petroleum reflects the strength of KOTUG as a leading provider of towage services and will strengthen our global presence,” says KOTUG CEO Ard-Jan Kooren and adds: “this is another significant milestone for us as earlier this year our Joint Venture Company KT Maritime Services Australia PTY Ltd. was awarded the prestigious Shell Prelude Project, offshore Australia for 3 Infield Support Vessels, again based on the successful Rotortug Concept, to support the operation of the world’s first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas project.”
According to KOTUG Director Terminals & Joint Ventures, Osman Munir, KOTUG will bring strong advantages to the Brunei operation. “Thanks to our proven track record and in partnership with Brunei Shell Petroleum Company, we are able to present ourselves as an international maritime service provider, combining the skills of our highly trained and dedicated crew with our sophisticated fleet of powerful tugs.”
To exceed clients’ expectations and support its growth, KOTUG invests a lot in renewing its environmental friendly fleet operating one of the youngest, most powerful and sustainable tug fleet in the world. In order to continue and support its reliable services, KOTUG will further expand her fleet capacity. During the coming months six (6) new state-of-the-art designed Rotortugs are to be delivered of which two Hybrid versions, the so called E-KOTUG, will be added to the KOTUG Fleet in Europe.