Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (container, tanker, dry-bulk
and car carrier divisions) and KOTUG
SMIT TOWAGE (KotugSmit) signed long term towage
agreements, effective early 2017.
period of constructive dialogue and negotiations, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and
KotugSmit have agreed upon a long term towage contract for the ports of Rotterdam,
Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, London and Southampton.
With this strategic partnership, both organizations aim to boost their operational
performance by benefiting from smart
collaboration and sharing operational knowledge and valuable
Fukushima, Chief Executive Representative, Europe and Africa of MOL said: “This partnership embodies many years of mutual
trust and shared values in terms of loyalty, commitment and goodwill. The strong
relationship between both our organizations at all levels, from global headquarters,
across different divisions to the operational levels in local ports, resulted
in a good dialogue about optimization of operational performance and efficiency”.
KotugSmit’s CEO René
commented: “This partnership with MOL underlines
our principle, believing that harbor towage is about professional cooperation
between all people involved. We also express our commitment to follow our
customers’ business. To move forward and deliver on our promise of meeting
and even exceeding our customers’ expectations, we challenge ourselves every
further expansion and cooperation in European ports’.
KotugSmit welcomed 'MOL Triumph' on her maiden voyage to Europe: