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Kotug (The Netherlands)

Tugboat Company Adriaan Kooren B.V., Rotterdam

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[Kotug houseflag] image by Gerard van der Vaart, 30 Mar 2005 See also:

Adriaan Kooren

[Adriaan Kooren houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 3 Sep 2005

Sleepdienst Adriaan Kooren B.V., Rotterdam (a tugging company) - quartered VBVR, in center white "K".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95].
Jarig Bakker, 3 Sep 2005


Kotug

Kotug (tug company) houseflag currently and several years earlier to be seen on tugs in the port of Rotterdam (NL); maybe also in the ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven (Germany).
A Group of Companies, each with its own function and specialisation in the present maritime world, is housed in Kotug International B.V.
Tugboat Company Adriaan Kooren B.V., Schleppreederei Kotug GmbH and Société Nouvelle de Remorquage du Havre (SNRH) are rendering towage services in respectively the ports of Rotterdam/Europoort, Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Le Havre. Ton Kooren International Marine Services B.V. is handling with all national and international enquiries in respect of world-wide towages, salvages, dredging-assistances, barge transportations and offshore operations.
The foundation of Kotug was laid in the second half of the 19th century when Johannes Kooren started waterborne transportation services in the Netherlands. Since that start our tugs show the white "K" as our trademark, in their funnels. In the beginning of the 20th century the waterborne transportation activities grew to include towage services, initially on the Netherlands inland waterways and in and around the port of Rotterdam. This activity gradually expanded over the years to the dredging industry and into the offshore, conventional towage and salvage sectors. In the last decade, Kotug established a trusted reputation by successfully breaking harbour towage monopolies in Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Le Havre.
In addition to the present fleet of tugboats, Kotug also owns and operates eight of the innovative Rotortugs. These in-house designed tugs are amongst the most powerful and manoevrable harbour tugs in the world. The unmatched manoeuvrability and massive power reserve enables the Rotortug to reduce the number of tugs required for many jobs considerably, meaning significant savings for clients without any concession regarding safety. During the last years, Kotug and sistercompany Kooren Shipbuilding and Trading B.V. have won several prestigious maritime prizes amongst others for this revolutionary and world-wide patented Rotortug concept.
Source: the company's website.
Gerard van der Vaart, 30 Mar 2005

Kotug variant 1

[Kotug variant 1] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 May 2007

About Kotug flags in Hamburg.
Flag: The flag is quarterly divided (red-green-green-blue). The whole is superimposed by a white "K". The vertical bar of the letter is clearly smaller than the other ones.
For further information: company website.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 May 2007

That is interesting - the table flag shown by Josef Nüsse has a "regular" K, see third item on this page, and so are the K's on the funnels, here (click tug names for photos). To end, the Kotug link provided shows the same one. This is a Dutch firm, but there are offices in the German ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven.
What Klaus-Michael sent could well be the German variant.
Jan Mertens, 17 May 2007


Kotug burgee

[Kotug burgee] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 May 2007

Kotug Pennant: The pattern is the same like that one of the flag. The pennant is stuck on the prow.
A crewman of the tug-boat DENEMARKEN showed me this flags on 2 April 2007.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 May 2007


Kotug blue flag

[Kotug blue flag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 May 2007

Kotug Blue flag: The "K" is the same but the background is all blue. Its also the pattern of the funnels.
Harbour-captain Michael Eick showed me a table-flag on 2 April 2007 in the base of tug-boats in Hamburg-Neumühlen.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 May 2007