KOTUG commenced exclusive port & terminal towage activities in Mozambique

by Hans | May 23rd, 2016


With effect of 5 th May 2016, KOTUG Mozambique commenced exclusive port and terminal towage services with two powerful Rotortugs in the new port of Nacala-a-Velha in northern Mozambique for Nacala Development Corridor (CDN). Operations are supported by local management and experienced crew. The RT Magic and RT Spirit welcomed the largest bulk carrier “Shining Dragon” which has ever entered in Mozambique waters, to assist her safely to her berth. The revolutionary Rotortugs®, RT Magic and RT Spirit, pioneered by KOTUG, features three separate azimuth propulsion units to provide improved vessel safety, power and unmatched manoeuvrability were selected by CDN to optimize turn-around time and to have minimum tugs needed per ship assistance.

The bay of Nacala contains two ports: a general cargo port in Nacala and a greenfield coal terminal in Nacala-aVelha. The coal terminal is at the end of a newly developed rail line of 912km, which transports coal from the mining province of Tete, through Malawi to the Indian Ocean (Mozambique channel), the “Nacala corridor”. KOTUG will provide exclusive towage services to both ports.

KOTUG’s CEO Ard-Jan Kooren commented: “KOTUG considers this contract as an important breakthrough to diversify in the energy resource sector, to provide first class towage services for an outstanding coal terminal and to set a long term strategic position in Mozambique and for the East African market. Moreover, it is again a milestone in our global footprint and will bring substantial commercial value to our business”.

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