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KotugSmit and MOL sign strategic partnership

Wed 17 May 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

KotugSmit and MOL sign strategic partnership
KotugSmit tows MOL Triumph container ship into Southampton, UK

KotugSmit Towage has gained a long-term towage contract for Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) covering port and terminal operations in northern Europe. Both companies expect to improve operational performance through this strategic partnership.

They intend to benefit from smart collaboration and sharing operational knowledge and valuable information through the contract. This will involve towage and manoeuvring car carriers, container ships, tankers and bulk carriers around a series of European ports. These include:

  • Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Flushing, the Netherlands
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Ghent, Belgium
  • Terneuzen, Belgium
  • Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • London, UK
  • Southampton, UK

MOL chief executive representative for Europe and Africa, Masao Fukushima, said this partnership follows many years of mutual trust and shared values.

He added: “The strong relationship between both our organisations at all levels, from global headquarters, across different divisions to the operational levels in local ports, resulted in a good dialogue about optimisation of operational performance and efficiency.” 

KotugSmit’s chief executive René Raaijmakers said the agreement demonstrates that both companies believe harbour towage is about professional co-operation between all people involved.

He added: “To move forward and deliver on our promise of meeting and even exceeding our customers’ expectations, we challenge ourselves every day, encouraging further expansion and co-operation in European ports.”

KotugSmit tugs are helping ports such as Southampton manage some of the world’s largest container ships. One of the latest to enter Southampton was MOL Triumph on 11 May. KotugSmit assisted the ship to a berth at the DP World Container Terminal.

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