Towage operator Kotug has received two ATD 2412 tugs from Damen Shipyards to enhance operations of its European Harbour Towage.
The ZP Bison tug will be deployed in the Port of Bremerhaven, while ZP Bear will operate on the Thames river in London.
Harbour Towage UK general manager Doug Harding said: "We are glad that ZP Bear will complement our fleet of tugs operating on the River Thames to exceed our clients’ needs and to respond our local growth ambitions.
"After formal inspection by Port of London Authority for acceptance under Towage Craft Licensing Regulations, ZP Bear will start operations on the River Thames in London."
Damen said the company has arranged transport from Vietnam to Rotterdam, where it handed over the tugs as part of a turnkey operation.
The 24m-long and 12m-wide tugs with 5,600BHP will have a bollard pull of 70t. Features of the vessels include better reliability, flexible employability, low fuel consumption and low maintenance costs.
Harbour Towage Germany general manager Uwe Magnussen said: "We welcome ZP Bison to the Port of Bremerhaven to commence assisting all vessels of our clients on the German River Weser, as well as through the locks.
"We experienced the excellent performance of this type of tug in Hamburg already, where we operate her sister tugs ZP Bulldog and ZP Boxer to fullest satisfaction of our clients."
Kotug operates in several markets, including towage services to ports, terminals and at sea, as well as in the salvage, offshore and dredging industry.
Image: Damen Shipyards’ new ATD 2412 tug. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.