During this year’s traditional and well attended “Herring Party” on June 6th 2012, the official and spectacular launch ceremony of the RT Adriaan into the E-KOTUG was held in Rotterdam. The commissioning of the E-KOTUG was performed by Mrs Alexandra van Huffelen, vice-mayor for Sustainability of the City of Rotterdam.
"I am incredibly proud that Rotterdam entrepreneurs like Mr. Ard-Jan Kooren together with us, are willing to pick up the challenge, to transform Rotterdam into a clean, green and healthy city", said Van Huffelen. "With the E-KOTUG RT Adriaan, Rotterdam is the proud owner of the first hybrid tugboat in Europe. I therefore congratulate all KOTUG staff very much with this great milestone"
Backed by years of experience and knowledge,
international maritime service provider KOTUG has built its reputation as an
innovative player. KOTUG and its workforce have adopted an active Go Green
policy. KOTUG has embraced the dual challenges of sustainability and
innovation, and have incorporated these values into its business strategies.
The most visible evidence of their green credentials are voluntary sulphur free
bunker fuels, the ‘green passport’ issued for their tug materials, washable
filters, LED lighting on board and shore-power in port. And, last but not least, KOTUG has also won
the ‘Inland Shipping Fuel Saving Competition’ – an initiative of the Dutch
Government. With its E-KOTUG, KOTUG demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the
environment and emissions reduction.
The development of a hybrid Rotor®Tug presented KOTUG’s green policy with a new challenge. In partnership with AKA in Canada, supplier of the Xeropoint Hybrid Propulsion System, an extremely eco friendly, fuel-saving tugboat was developed. One of the newest Rotor®Tugs, ‘RT Adriaan’ was retrofitted with this system with which the electric motors, diesel engines, generators and powerful energy dense lithium polymer batteries will be controlled. This results in very efficient and eco friendly sailing with optimizing working conditions for the crew and minimizing the environmental impact without compromising a high level of performance.
After its proven and classified conversion in February 2012, RT Adriaan is Europe’s first Hybrid Rotor®Tug to rejoin the KOTUG fleet and provides green assistance for customers in the Port of Rotterdam. KOTUG emphazises that the hybrid option is the best solution for harbour tugboats serving clients and harbours who have been looking to minimize emissions and at the same time providing economic advantages.
The green results of E-KOTUG are: 50% reduce of harmful emissions, noise reduction, improved fuel economy and cleaner combustion, serious maintenance savings and CO2-reduction thanks to improved fuel economy.
In April last the E-KOTUG was nominated for ‘Clean Shipping’ of the Seatrade Awards.