Kotug Smit Towage recently took two sister tugs ASD 2913 ‘Rotterdam’ and ‘Southampton’ into service in the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Zeebrugge respectively.
On Thursday September 13, a christening ceremony for the ‘Southampton’ tug was held in Zeebrugge. Mrs. Ariana Labarque is the ship’s godmother. She is the wife of Mr. Rik Goetinck, Vice-President at the port authority of Zeebrugge.
The tugs have a length of 29 meters, a width of 13 meters and a bollard pull in excess of 80 tons. The ‘Southampton’ is equipped with a fire-fighting1 system. The characteristics of these tugs match the fleet of tugs Kotug Smit is currently operating and fit perfectly into its European harbour towage operations.
Geert Vandecappelle, General Manager Operations Scheldt Area, stated: “We are glad that the ‘Southampton’ will complement our fleet of tugs operating in Zeebrugge to meet and exceed our clients’ needs.”