KOTUG Canada Wins Three Vessel Contract for Trans Mountain Expansion Project
KOTUG Canada, a partnership between KOTUG International and Horizon Maritime of Canada, has signed a long-term agreement with Trans Mountain, which operates Canada’s only pipeline system transporting petroleum products to the West Coast. Under the agreement, KOTUG Canada will provide escort towing to tankers loaded at the Westridge marine terminal.
KOTUG Canada will supply and operate two dedicated escort tugs, each approximately 50 meters in length, with a minimum towing capacity of 110 tonnes, which will be Canadian-flagged and operated by Canadian sailors.
The agreement was established in partnership with the Sc’ianew First Nation, located in Beecher Bay on Vancouver Island. Beecher Bay is a strategic location along the Trans Mountain Escort Route suitable for a dedicated docking facility for KOTUG Canada.
In a separate transaction, KOTUG Canada also signed an agreement with Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) for the supply and operation of a dedicated offshore supply vessel (OSV) to support the protection of the Salish Sea / Haro Strait and Juan de Fuca Detroit. The dedicated OSV is suitably equipped for 24/7 oil spill response services. The OSV will have a towing capacity of 207 tonnes and will be able to tow ships, if required.
Vessel operations are expected to begin at the end of 2022.