Damen Shipyards Group delivered two sister tugs ATD 2412 ‘ZP Bison’ and ‘ZP Bear’ to strengthen KOTUG’s European Harbour Towage. On April 8th2015, the sister tugs were handed over by designer and builder Damen to her owner Elisabeth Ltd in order to operate for KOTUG.ZP Bison will operate in the Port of Bremerhaven and ZP Bear on the River Thames in London.
Damen Services arranged the transport from Vietnam to Rotterdam, where theyhanded over the tugs in a turnkey operation.After their arrival the tugs have been equipped and prepared to commence their towage activities in Bremerhaven and on the River Thames from April 17th, 2015.
Doug Harding, General Manager Harbour Towage UK, stated: “We are glad that ZP Bear will complement our fleet of tugs operating on the River Thamesto exceed our clients’ needs and to respond our local growth ambitions.After formal inspection by Port of London Authority for acceptance under Towage Craft Licensing Regulations ‘ZP Bear’ will start operations on the River Thames in London.”
Uwe Magnussen, General Manager Harbour Towage Germany, mentioned: “We welcome ZP Bison to the Port of Bremerhaven to commence assisting all vessels of our clients on the German River Weser as well as through the locks.We experienced the excellent performanceof this type of tug in Hamburg already, where we operatehersister tugs ZP Bulldog and ZP Boxer to fullest satisfaction of our clients.”
Both tugs have a length of 24 m, a width of 12 m, 5600 BHP and a bollard pull of 70 tons and are a perfect fit for KOTUG’s European harbour towage operations thanks to their reliability, flexible employability, low fuel consumption and low maintenance costs.
About KOTUG Group
KOTUG is a leading towage operator offering its innovative services on global scale (Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe). With a sophisticated, powerful fleet, its dedicated staff and well trained crew KOTUG operates in a variety of markets including towage services to ports, terminals and at sea as well as in the salvage, offshore and dredging industry. KOTUG remains committed to the highest industry standards of health, safety, environment, quality and security.www.kotug.com
About Damen Shipyards Group
Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9, 000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5, 000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1, 500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.www.damen.com