Faster handling

Rotortugs can safely operate from all different tug positions, at all conceivable speeds, around the assisted vessel. Versatile deployment options maximize turning leverage and minimize tug propeller wash impinging the assisted vessel hull. Rotortugs engage the assisted vessel quicker, providing effective pulling force in multiple modes. In confined spaces, or towing in-line, the Rotortug can always provide required towline forces to the assisted vessel.

Bollard pull (vector) capability

Rotortugs provide an effective pulling force independent of tug heading, whereas ASD- and tractor tugs can only tow in-line with their drive systems. Rotortugs can effectively operate under any towline angles at all speeds, but also in-line at all speeds.


Partners about us

Marijn van Hoorn grew up in the world of tugboats. Years ago he started as a maritime pilot in the Port of Rotterdam and gained experience with all types of tugs.

Marijn van Hoorn

We utilised the triangular propulsion configuration as optimal as possible, one thruster for the forward motion and the other two thrusters for the port- and starboard motion. There was no need to turn the thrusters, giving us an instant reaction to the pilot or towmasters order.

Marijn van Hoorn – Tug Master
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Faster handling

Vector response (and side-stepping)

Faster handling

The position of the thrusters of a Rotortug enables the Rotortug to engage quicker compared to other tug types. The forward – and aft propulsion units enable the Rotortug to keep a perpendicular position alongside a sea-going vessel under way up to 8 knots.


Escort capability

When a sea-going vessel is underway the center lead aft, or escort tug is best positioned to provide steering forces. Rotortugs provide best-in-class steering forces over the full operating speed range: at 6, 8 or 10 knots, our tugs get the job done faster. Rotortugs provide steering force in two operating modes: direct – and indirect mode at all speeds.


Advanced ship-handling (bow tug operations)

Rotortugs can safely connect and operate at all positions around sea-going vessels at 8 knots speed and lower. This means that Rotortugs can safely shift a vessels pivot point, reduce drift, or manage cross-currents when used as a bow tug. Because Rotortugs can operate in direct mode in these circumstances, there is no risk of capsizing.

Partners about us

As a senior tug master & training master of Rotortug/ASD/ATD/VSP Rob has great experience. He consideres Rotortug a gamechanger in the tug industry.

“We can do amazing work with this tug which can’t be done by others, these sort of maneuvers, it’s unique!”

Rob Hinton – Serco Maritime Services
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