KOTUG Tugs Assist ‘TI Europe’ to Enter Terminal (The Netherlands)
On August 3rd, 2013, the world’s largest tanker, the Belgian flagged “TI Europe” arrived in the port of Rotterdam to be loaded with fuel oil for Singapore.
Four KOTUG tugs (RT Leader, RT Champion, SD Shark, SD Stingray) assisted the vessel to the terminal. The loading capacity of this tanker, built in 2002, is around 440.000 tons.
The TI Class ships are the four largest double-hulled supertankers in the world and and, as of 2010, have been the largest ocean going ships currently in service. The previous largest ship, the single hulled supertanker Seawise Giant, was scrapped in 2010. The class comprises the ships TI Africa, TI Asia, TI Europe and TI Oceania, where the “TI” refers to the VLCC Tanker Pool operator Tankers International L.L.C.
All four oil tankers were constructed for shipping company Hellespont by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Okpo, South Korea in 2002/3.
World Maritime News Staff, August 5, 2013; Image: KOTUG