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KOTUG’s Hybrid RotortugRT Emotion named in Bremerhaven

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ART 80-32 RT Emotion_LRFirst hybrid tug in German waters

On 18 June, 2015, the Damen-built ART 80-32 Hybrid RotortugRT Emotion was named in the Port of Bremerhaven during KOTUG’s annual Herring Party.

Ms. Annika Bootsman-Kleberg, Member of the Wallenius’ Board and granddaughter of Olof Wallenius, Swedish entrepreneur and founder of Wallenius Lines, performed the naming of RT Emotion in attendance of her family, friends, KOTUG’s business relations and representatives of Damen Shipyards Group. KOTUG chose the Lady Sponsor to express its gratitude for the long-term relationship between the two companies and to express appreciation for Wallenius Lines’ strong focus on innovative technical and environmental solutions.

KOTUG’s CEO Ard-Jan Kooren states: “We’re delighted that Annika Bootsman-Kleberg accepted our invitation to name our latest hybrid next-generation RotortugRT Emotion. We appreciate the leadership of Wallenius Lines in reducing its environmental footprint and encouraging its suppliers, customers, business partners and stakeholders to reduce their environmental impact.”

KOTUG nowadays operates three hybrid Rotortugs. RT Emotion commenced her towage activities in the German Port of Bremerhaven recently and RT Adriaan RT Emotion naming ceremonyand RT Evolution are operating in the Port of Rotterdam. RT Evolution and RT Emotion, both 32- metre hybrid next-generation ART80-32 Rotortugs® are new Damen-built tugs and designed by an alliance of Rotortug B.V. in the Netherlands and Robert Allan Ltd in Canada.

“Damen and KOTUG have worked together closely in the development of the ART80-32 Rotortugs®. We are proud of this collaboration which has resulted in significantly reduced emissions and fuel consumption as well as outstanding performance, ” saysDamen’s Chief Commercial Officer Arnout Damen.

Seen as a true advancement of hybrid technology and performance, the propulsion configuration draws on the proven design of KOTUG’s RT Adriaan –the world’s first hybrid Rotortug® built under class. The results of the E-KOTUG series are50% less harmful emissions, significant noise reduction, cleaner combustion and substantial maintenance savings thanks to improved fuel economy. The Rotortug’s hybrid capacity is generated by three electric motors, complemented by a battery pack and managed by an intelligent XeroPoint Hybrid Propulsion System.


KOTUG is a leading towage operator offering its innovative services on a global scale. 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 is committed to the highest industry standards of health, safety, environment, quality and security.www.kotug.com

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.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

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.


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