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Our ports

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24/7 ready to assist

in 12 ports in europe


In Europe’s leading and busiest ports, we safely assist a vast range of vessels from and to their berthing places. In our ports of operations, we are always ready with a dedicated 24/7 service.


Through of our powerful fleet and highly skilled crew, who knows every port area by heart, our customers' vessels will be safely assisted into the port.

Information Port of Antwerp

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The Port of Antwerp is located at crossroads of global supply chains via the most diverse destinations. Combined with a strong network of hinterland connections, this means that every type of cargo is efficiently transported to its final destination. The world's biggest container vessels can easily get to the port utilizing its full cargo capacity and safely call at the port at the various river and dock terminals. The port of Antwerp is one of the largest chemical cluster in Europe where the top 10 of the biggest chemical producers in the world are present, either with their supply chain or with a production unit.


For more than 100 years, KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE (formerly being URS) performed in the port of Antwerp a highly reliable and successful towage operation. Our track record and professionalism will continue as a one of the licenced towage provider on the river Scheldt. We have a broad variety of customers with different types of cargo. Our customers' vessels will be safely assisted to berthing locations at container terminals, locks, tanker jetties or the Cruise Terminal located near the Antwerp Old City centre.


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  • 24/7 Operations : +32 3 569 91 21
  • Sales & services: +32 3 545 11 20
  • Visiting address: see more at 'Contact us'

Information Port of Rotterdam

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The geographical position the infrastructure, the hinterland within easy reach, make Rotterdam the gateway to Europe. Approximately 35,000 seagoing vessels and 135,000 inland vessels call at the port of Rotterdam annually. Rotterdam is also a port of pioneers. In the dynamic world of logistics and industry, stagnation means decline. Maritime companies in Rotterdam are continuously looking for answers to the question of how to do things smarter, more efficient, better and more sustainable. This makes the port of Rotterdam not only one of the largest and busiest ports in the world, but also one of the smartest.


KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE have strong roots in the Port of Rotterdam. Both our crew and office staff are actively participating in the local port community and could be seen as real experts in the port. Every year we assist thousands of vessels in the Port of Rotterdam in a safe and efficient way. The complexity of shipping traffic requires optimal communication between the various nautical service providers and a highly efficient data flow. Therefore we are is truly embedded in the port community. In order to further improve the quality of our service as towage provider, but also as a port, we are participating in evaluation sessions with other stakeholders in the port such as the Dutch Pilots Association and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Based on a strong collaboration with local pilots and boatmen, we deliver 24/7 tailored towage service in the area Rotterdam-Dordrecht-Moerdijk.


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  • 24/7 Operations : +31 10 3073 555
  • Sales & services: +31 10 3073 500
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Information Port of Flushing

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Located at the northern part of the entrance of the River Scheldt is the port of Flushing. When the original port of Flushing could not cope with the growing demand of bigger vessels it was decided to look for expansion. As a result of this, an area further up the river was developed to accommodate bigger vessels. As this port area is directly located on the river it is subject to tidal change, but has a maximum draft of 16.5m. These favorable conditions made companies develop locations for transshipping coal, fruit, steel, but also offshore construction sites. The large size and deep draft of the docks make it a relatively easy area to enter so there is a short entering or exiting time.


KOTUG SMIT Towage has been active in these port areas as early as 1870 in different outfits, but always providing the same high quality and flexible service up to highest industry standards with a highly skilled and local tugboat crew. We provide our towage services to vessels calling the various terminals in the different ports, behind the lock but also at the different terminals jetties which are in direct contact with the River Scheldt or located on the River Scheldt (Borsele Zeeland Refinery jetty).


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  • 24/7 Operations : +31 115 61 21 43
  • Sales & Services: +32 545 11 20
  • Visiting address: see more at 'Contact us'

Information Port of Ghent

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The Port of Ghent is located at the end of the “Canal Ghent-Terneuzen”, which starts on the River Scheldt and continues after passing the locks at Terneuzen all the way to Ghent. The total length of the canal is about 32 km. The Port is known for its steel production site, grain trans-shipment, fertilizer and fruit juice. A new sea lock is scheduled to be finished by 2023, this will have an important influence on the logistical flexibility of the port as well as an increase in size of ships calling the Port of Ghent. At the moment the Port of Ghent is able to receive panamax vessels up to 92.000 DWT, with dimensions reaching up to 37m width and 12,5m draft.


KOTUG SMIT Towage has been active in these port areas as early as 1870 in different outfits, but always providing the same high quality and flexible service up to highest industry standards with a highly skilled and local tugboat crew. We provide our towage services to vessels calling the various terminals in the different ports, behind the lock but also at the different terminals jetties which are in direct contact with the River Scheldt or located on the River Scheldt (Borsele Zeeland Refinery jetty).


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  • 24/7 Operations : +31 115 683 200
  • Sales & services: +32 3 545 11 20
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Information Port of Terneuzen

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On the south bank of the River Scheldt the port of Terneuzen is conveniently situated with a variety of terminals. The port of Terneuzen is part of a port area combined with the port of Flushing (Zeeland Seaports). In direct connection with the River Scheldt, a large petro-chemical port is located to facilitate the large petrochemical industry based in Terneuzen. This port area is open to tidal movements but located in a sheltered area.


The inner part of the port of Terneuzen is located behind the locks system of Terneuzen, which also provides access to the port of Ghent as well. Several terminal operators have proven the favorable position at the canal to receive and forward a variety of goods for e.g. fertilizers, coal, stainless steel & sugar.


KOTUG SMIT Towage has been active in these port areas as early as 1870 in different outfits, but always providing the same high quality and flexible service up to highest industry standards with a highly skilled and local tugboat crew. We provide our towage services to vessels calling the various terminals in the different ports, behind the lock but also at the different terminals jetties which are in direct contact with the River Scheldt or located on the River Scheldt (Borsele Zeeland Refinery jetty).


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  • 24/7 Operations : +31 115 63 19 11
  • Sales & services: +32 3 545 11 20
  • Visiting address: see more at 'Contact us'

Information Port of Zeebrugge

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The port of Zeebrugge is a young seaport with modern port equipment suitable to receive the largest vessels. The port consists of an extensive outer port which guarantees sufficient water depth in the access channel to the outer port and along the quays, because of which the continually larger container ships can be loaded and unloaded at any time. Next to the container business, also the roll-on/roll-off and Natural Gas distribution of the Fluxys Terminal are the main activity in the outer port. The inner port is accessible via the sea lock ‘Pierre Vandamme’, and mainly covers the activities for the handling of new cars, high and heavy, food and dry bulk. All major car manufacturers have put their confidence in Zeebrugge. Not only for the transport of the finished product, but also for the transport of spare parts and components which are transported between the different assembly plants in Europe.


KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE provides its services to the various vessels which are calling the different terminals in the outer and inner port. With a fleet of modern and powerful tugs manned by our experienced and dedicated crew, we safely berth vessels alongside the different terminals in the inner and outer ports as well as guide them through the sea lock.


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  • 24/7 Operations : +32 50 54 63 45
  • Sales & services: +32 3 545 11 20
  • Visiting address: see more at 'Contact us'

Information Port of Hamburg

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The Port of Hamburg is geographically located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Hamburg is accessible from the North Sea via the Elbe River. Only about 115 kilometers or 70 sea miles separate the city from the river mouth. The Kiel Channel provides connections from Hamburg to the Baltic Sea. Furthermore the Elbeseitenkanal and the Midland Canal provide inland waterway connections to the hinterland. The Port of Hamburg is an all-round port. Along with its container terminals, the port has multi-purpose terminals that can also handle heavy lifts, conventional cargo, and so-called project cargo. In addition to general cargo, bulk cargo constitutes an important part of the port’s business. Dry and liquid cargo is handled at bulk cargo terminals using grabs, suction equipment, conveyors, or facilities for liquids. The port has always been extremely important for merchant shipping. It is not only the largest German seaport, but also the third largest container port in Europe. Hamburg moreover ranks within the top 20th world’s largest container ports.


Since 1996, KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE serves its clients in the area around Hamburg and on river Elbe with a versatile fleet of modern tugs. Within this long period we became a preferred and reliable partner of vessel owners and assist all types of vessels, like container-vessels, car- and bulk-carriers as well as all sizes of tankers. The service also includes tug-escorting service for very large container ships (VLCS) on river Elbe from and to the harbor limits if requested by the ship´s command or the Port Authority.


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  • 24/7 Operations : +49 40 74 11 88 0
  • Sales & services: +49 40 74 11 88 0
  • Visiting address: see more at 'Contact us'

Information Port of Bremerhaven

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The Port of Bremerhaven is one of the most efficient in the world when it comes to handling container traffic, thanks to five kilometers of riverside quays and 14 berths for large ocean-going vessels. Bremerhaven is also one of the major automobile hubs in Europe. Every year, millions of cars are imported and exported through the terminals, where the extensive port area has storage space for 120,000 cars. Following the modernization of Kaiserschleuse (Kaiser-Lock), the latest generation of carriers (Panamax) have access through 2 Locks routes to the terminals.


As from 1999, KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE proved to be a highly reliable and professional partner in Bremerhaven. Since we maintain excellent relationship to Port Authority, Harbour Pilots, lock operators and other stakeholders, we succeed on many occasions in troubleshooting, even on short notice in order to provide for easy and smooth operation without any delays. Together with our tug masters we invested considerable amounts of time and resources improving ports operations by joining simulator training sessions with our clients at local simulation centres. It is our strong believe that we, in cooperation with vessels’ owners, can make operations in the port safer, quicker and more efficient. One of our main drivers for continuously successful operations in the Port of Bremerhaven are Rotortugs. The development of this propulsion system is based on many years of practical and technical experience in the towage field. The Rotortug has been recognized by the clients as a risk mitigation tool. Particularly in Bremerhaven we proved that Rotortugs are crucial for safe and efficient operations, as they are very reliable to perform smooth tug assistance throughout the lock.


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  • 24/7 Operations: +49 47 19 24 16 7
  • Sales & services: +49 40 74 11 88 0
  • Visiting address: see more at 'Contact us'

Information Port of Liverpool

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Shipping is an important industry for the city of Liverpool. The first dock was the world's first commercial dock, the Old Dock, built in 1715. Located at the end of the River Mersey leading into the Irish Sea, it was a crossroad for vessels heading or returning from their journey to the America’s. In this rich history, tugboats played an increasingly important role as vessels became bigger and bigger and more difficult to maneuver in the dock systems.


A more important focus is being put on containers by the latest development of the Liverpool 2 container Terminal based on the outside of the port system with direct connection to the River. This terminal can accommodate the largest container vessels. The other main port area is behind to locks accommodating bulk, ferries and roro-vessels as the river is highly tidal and can have tidal drops up to 11 m.


KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE is part of this rich history since 1887, at that time being Alexandra Towing. Our versatile fleet and experienced local crew, assures the best operational quality by assisting vessels passing through the different locks, calling the inner port of Liverpool or during mooring or unmooring at the L2 container terminal in the River Mersey.


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  • 24/7 Operations: +44 151 207 8540
  • Sales & services: +32 3 545 11 20
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Information Port of London

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In 2013 KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE started its activities on the River Thames. We deliver a full 24/7 towage service, supported by local management, to vessels calling al kind of terminals (Oil and Gas Terminals on the Thames and the London Gateway Container Terminal) in the River Thames area. Within our company, the River Thames are part of the operational area ‘Rotterdam – London’, sharing a large and flexible fleet of strong and powerful tugboats. This set-up enables us to quickly adjust in case of an increasing demand and secures the high service level.


In order to keep the response time as low as possible, and reduce the mobilization time as much as possible, our tugs are berthed at a central location on the River Thames. We distinguish our self by our flexibility and entrepreneurship. Our tugs are manned with well-educated, local crew who know the local rivers better than anyone else. With our extensive knowledge of the area, our crew can ensure that every tug job is carried out in a very safe and efficient way. KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE has created a proven track record of successfully assisting all kind of ships such as RoRo Vessels, Container Ships, Bulk Carriers, Tankers and Cruise Ships in the River Thames area. Our modern and powerful tugboats are favored by local stakeholders, port authorities and local agents.


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  • 24/7 Operations : +44 13 75 64 12 88
  • Sales & Services: +44 13 75 64 12 88
  • Visiting address: see more at 'Contact us'

Information Port of Wilhelmshaven

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The “JadeWeserPort” - Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven (CTW) is the Germany´s third largest container port and the first deep sea container terminal at the German North Sea coast. The water depth of 18 meters enables the latest generation of container vessels to call the port at any time. CTW with its short navigable channel of only 23 nautical miles can handle fully loaded container ships with dimensions up to 430 meters length, 58 meters width and draughts of 16.5 meters, at any time independent of the tide. The 1,725 meters long riverside quay can handle large container vessels and feeder ships simultaneously.


Since 2012, when CTW was opened and became active, KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE provides a tailored towage services for all major container lines calling at Wilhelmshaven.


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Give us a call:

  • 24/7 Operations : +49 47 19 24 16 7
  • Sales & services: +49 40 74 11 88 0
  • Visiting address: see more at 'Contact us'

Information Port of Southampton

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With effect from the 1st of April 2017, KOTUG SMIT TOWAGE (KotugSmit) commenced towage activities with four powerful tugs in the port of Southampton, United Kingdom. Thanks to a warm welcome and in close cooperation with the local port authorities and pilots, KotugSmit’s dedicated crew was able to prepare for the operations and to get well familiarized with the port and local area. This cooperation underlines KotugSmit’s principle that harbour towage is all about professional cooperation between all people involved.


Following the needs and requests of many of its valued customers, KotugSmit studied the market requirements in Southampton, and concluded that this port is another stepping stone towards further expansion within the United Kingdom. Southampton is considered as a fitting complement to the company’s tailored towage services in London and Liverpool and will further strengthen its service portfolio in the UK. With the start-up of this new operation in Southampton, KotugSmit also expresses its commitment and adaptability to follow its customers’ business and to encourage further growth and development in the Port of Southampton in cooperation with the local authorities and all stakeholders.


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24/7 Operations : +44 13 75 64 12 88
Sales & Services: +44 13 75 64 12 88
Visiting address: See more at 'contact us'