With over 50 tugs active across the globe, the Netherlands’ leading maritime services provider, KOTUG, will be working in South America for the first time, thanks to a contract it was recently awarded by ExxonMobil’s subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL). The long-term contract will see KOTUG providing offshore terminal towage support for the floating offshore production facilities at the Liza Field in Guyana.

To support the operations in Guyana, KOTUG said that it will employ its newly acquired vessel “SD Power”, a high-spec 130 tonnes bollard pull, DP-2 azimuth anchor-handling tug. It will be using its local entity, KOTUG Guyana Inc., to carry out these services.

The firm further noted that this unique vessel will provide support to the existing and upcoming Floating Production and Storage Offloading units by providing towage assistance to export tankers, infield support duties, and cargo duties.

Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO of KOTUG International said, “Being part of the growing offshore oil and gas activities in the cooperative republic of Guyana and working together with one off the world’s largest oil majors ExxonMobil for us is an important milestone and in line with our long-term strategy to grow our business in the FPSO support market.”

He added, “KOTUG believes with its innovative and customer-focused approach it can help clients meet their global commitments.”

Headquartered in the Netherlands, KOTUG is active in Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, Africa, Canada, and the Caribbean and continues to expand its operations worldwide.

It combines global knowledge with local expertise in several Joint Ventures with local partners. KOTUG is also renowned for establishing solid, long-term business relationships with clients in industries such as Oil and Gas, Mining, Renewables, Offshore, and Port Authorities.


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