Kotug to build new tugs for Brunei LNG contract

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Kotug International from The Netherlands has secured a technical partnership agreement with SPHI Marine (SPHI Marine) from Brunei, which has been awarded a ten + five year LNG terminal support contract to provide marine services for Brunei LNG.

The contract covers the provision of a complete marine package for the design, construction, and operation of three newbuild advanced Rotortugs and one newbuild hybrid Rampage 4500 Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel all having a range between 65 and 80 tonnes bollard pull.

The partnership between Kotug and SPHI Marine traces back to 2014 when Kotug started operations with three Rotortugs for Brunei Shell Petroleum Company. Three tugs of the revolutionary Rotor concept are used for berthing and unberthing operations of LNG Tankers, standby services during loading, oil spill response, SPM support, and firefighting duties. The RT Champion, RT Leader and RT Tasman will continue operating till the arrival of the new vessels.

The new vessels will be owned by SPHI Marine and fully technically managed by Kotug for the first period of the contract. Based on a transition plan Kotug will hand the management over to SPHI Marine during the second part of the contract. SPHI Marine will operate under their own Safety Management System supported by Kotug through a technical Support Service Agreement ensuring smooth and reliable operations.

Dzairenny Muslim, Executive Director of SPHI Marine said,#: “We are delighted to build on our partnership with Kotug, which will allow us to continue to develop local Bruneian offshore marine capability in support of the nation’s programme to maximise in-country value in the oil and gas industry.”

Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO Kotug International said, “We are proud to be able to support SPHI Marine based on our extensive knowledge and experience on providing marine services and are grateful for the confidence presented by BLNG. A special appreciation goes out to our seafarers and staff in Brunei who are on the basis of this success having an open attitude to continue learning while remaining committed to the goal zero safety standards. In the end, it is our mission to exceeding our client’s expectations.


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