KOTUG charters two new rotortugs to BHP Australia

RT Imperious

Posted on October 22, 2021 at 3:43 PM by

The maritime executive


The new RT Imperieuse and RT Clerke Rotortugs from KOTUG have arrived in Port Hedland, Australia. The two vessels, long-term chartered from BHP, will further optimize the BHP mining group’s fleet to support their bulk carrier loads at Port Hedland.

The two 32m ART80-32 tugs, built at the Cheoy Lee Shipyard, have three Caterpillar main engines, which deliver a total power of 5,295 kW each, a cruising speed of 13 knots and a pulling power of 80 tons. . Both Rotortugs are fitted with advanced DMT escort winches. With these two new state-of-the-art Rotortugs, the total number of Rotortugs deployed by BHP is eight.

Imperious & Cleric

The names of these Rotortugs are derived from Clerke Reef and Imperieuse Reef, two of the three magnificent reefs that form coral atolls in Rowley Shoals Marine Park, 300 kilometers west of Broome. The names were chosen by BHP in honor of the park’s incredible marine life and breathtaking scenery.


“We are very happy that BHP, our partner for more than 12 years, once again relies on the ART 80-32 from KOTUG as part of a long-term contract. The vessel is perfectly suited to assist the world’s largest heavily loaded vessels in the Pilbara region, ”said Ard-Jan Kooren, President and CEO of KOTUG International.

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