1.30 p.m. on Friday 23 September 2016, mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb opened the new
head office of KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE on Wilhelminakade 300 in Rotterdam.
SMIT TOWAGE was founded on 7 April 2016 following the merger of the European harbour
towage services of KOTUG and SMIT. After the start, more business units were
physically combined and accommodated in the ‘Las Palmas’ office building in
Rotterdam. Bringing together
the departments and sharing their joint expertise creates the advantages of synergy and partnership, and enables the company to further
shape its ambition of ‘providing customized services’.
delighted that KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE has chosen Rotterdam as its base”, said
mayor Aboutaleb. “With its rich maritime
history, this new company is willing to make connections to achieve its growth
ambitions and combine forces for even better quality. This strategy seamlessly
fits in with the investments in the port of Rotterdam. Together with the Port
of Rotterdam Authority, the maritime sector and the municipality, we address themes
like sustainability, the new economy and a smart approach to the future through
The decision to base the head office in Rotterdam was
strategic: “Rotterdam’s central location
in north-western Europe allows us to optimally support our operational activities
in 11 ports and our regional offices in Antwerp and Hamburg. Rotterdam is the biggest port in Europe, where
businesses in the maritime cluster strengthen each other with innovative
concepts. With the connections of the Municipality of Rotterdam and our strategic partners, including
the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the nautical service providers, KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE
can further expand its sustainable partnerships at European level,” says René Raaijmakers, CEO of KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE.
opening, mayor Aboutaleb was given a tour of the office, during which he was
able to talk to staff about the economic developments in the European ports,
the activities being undertaken to continue the company’s international growth
and about the operational integration processes. The visit ended with a tour of
the hybrid tugboat ‘RT Evolution’.