The Netherlands: KOTUG Christens Rotor-Tugs RT CHAMPION and RT LEADER
Sponsor lady Marie-Louise Vlaming christened the tug RT Leader. Ms Vlaming works as an Operational Manager at Vopak Terminals Vlaardingen. She was proclaimed as the winner of Young Harbour Talent 2010. As a member of the Recommendation Comité for Young Harbour Talent, KOTUG’s president Ard-Jan Kooren promotes to work with Young Potentials and ladies in the Harbour.
Both tugs have a length of 32 m, a width of 12 m, 3 Schottel propulsion units with total 7.200 BHP and a bollard pull of 85 tons. RT Champion and RT Leader are the 5th & 6th tugs respectively of a series of 6 sister vessels, all built at Niigata Shipbuilders, Japan, part of KOTUG´s comprehensive fleet extension and renewal program. As a part of its corporate strategy, KOTUG continues to invest into a modern and strong tug-fleet to keep the high quality of their service.
The sister vessels left Niigata shipyard on 29th January 2011, sailed under their own power to Rotterdam and arrived on 12th April 2011. Since then RT Champion and RT Leader commenced their towage activities in the port of Rotterdam.
Source: hme, June 14, 2011