Western Isles

Kotug Smit Towage assisted the float-off process of Western Isles from the heavy-lift transport ship and the transport to the shipyard KeppelVerolme.

The tugs also supported the dry docking and un-docking process at the shipyard (see nice video below). FPSO vessel Western Isles had been transported from a Cosco construction centre in China to the Netherlands for a final outfitting at the KeppelVerolme Shipyard.

A Kotug Smit tow master was responsible for the co-ordination between the tugs during this special project. Prior to the start of operations, pre-meetings were held between representatives of the owners of the FPSO, Cosco, Rotterdam pilots, the dock master and port captain.


May 2017, marked the occasion on the maiden voyage of 'MOL Triumph' of Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, one of the world's largest container vessels to Europe.

Kotug Smit Towage had the honor to assist the 95,000 TEU container giant 'MOL Triumph' in the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Southampton.


On 14th and 19th June 2017, Kotug Smit Towage has safely assisted the load out of both Culzean CPF and ULQ jackets at the Heerema yard Flushing. Prior to the start of operations, meetings were held with representatives of Heerema, Mammoet, Pilots and the Linesmen, to discuss all safety aspects of the load-out operations and the transit from the yard to sea. This resulted in an overview of the required preparations, the actual operation, procedures, outlined responsibilities, communications and operation restrictions. Two tow masters of Kotug Smit were responsible for the co-ordination between the tugs during the load-out of this special project.

A smooth cooperation between all teams involved contributed to the successful and safe loadout of the Culzean Jackets.


The Audax, a Polar Class (PC-3) module carrier operated by Red Box Energy Services, had been ordered to transport a system for the production of liquefied gas from Zeebrugge to the Yamal LNG site in the Russian port of Sabetta.

The Rotortugs Smit Emoe and RT Ambition assisted the large module carrier, which is no less than 43 metres wide, 200 metres long and 50 metres high, from the Module Marshalling Yard in Zeebrugge, through the locks of Bruges-Zeebrugge, enroute to Sabetta.

A nice example of a precision job. Due to their tremendous height, the modules caught a lot of wind, meaning that the operation was subject to wind force restrictions. In the lock, the Rotortugs did a perfect job. The ‘rotoring’-method allowed the crew to continue towing with very short lines.