KTK’S replacement programme gets underway
Curacao based tug company KTK (Kompania di Tou Kòrsou) owns and operates a versatile fleet of tugboats ranging from 750 to 5000 bhp. KTK, a 100% subsidiary of Curacao Ports Authority (CPA), provides harbour towage and mooring services to seagoing vessels calling into the deep sea ports of Curacao. For this purpose KTK operates four ASD Tugs 2810 from its home base of Willemstad. These are also equipped with firefighting capabilities, making them ready to assist in the event of emergencies in the vicinity of any of the island’s petrochemical facilities.
Internationally, KTK offers services to the offshore, civil and shipping industries by towing vessels, offshore rigs and dredging equipment in the Latin American and Caribbean region. KTK maintains the highest standards with respect to the education and training of its tug captains and crew. All crew members are fully compliant with international maritime and flag state legislation.
High on the priority list of Joost Lameijer and Surldric Rojer, appointed as the new management of KTK in September 2014, was the replacement of two Damen Pushy Cats which had been in service for the past three decades.
After studying various possibilities it was concluded that replacement by two Stan Tugs 1205 would be the optimum solution. The two tugs will be the first in a replacement programme of KTK’s fleet of line handling tugs/pilot launches.
On 9 December – five years after the delivery of two ASD Tugs 2810 ‘KTK Tribon’ and ‘KTK Barakuda’ – KTK and Damen signed an agreement for the delivery of two Stan Tugs 1205.
The choice for the Stan Tug 1205 was mainly decided by the leap ahead that KTK would make in respect of safety and labour conditions on board. Surldric Rojer commented: “With KTK’s choice of the Stan Tug 1205 we are now ahead of international regulations and industry standards.”
“The fact that Damen is committed to expanding the service hub at Curacao made the choice even more obvious” Joost Lameijer added. “Damen specialists with all the necessary facilities will be literally just around the corner of our home base.”
The new tugs arrived at Willemstad on May 1st.