May 18, 2017: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and KotugSmit have signed a long term towage contract for the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, London and Southampton. With this strategic partnership, both organisations aim to boost their operational performance by implementing smart collaboration and sharing operational knowledge and information.

Masao Fukushima, chief executive representative, Europe and Africa, MOL said, “This partnership embodies many years of mutual trust and shared values in terms of loyalty, commitment and goodwill. The strong relationship between both our organisations at all levels, from global headquarters, across different divisions to the operational levels in local ports, resulted in a good dialogue about optimisation of operational performance and efficiency.”

“This partnership with MOL underlines our principle, believing that harbour towage is about professional cooperation between all people involved. We also express our commitment to follow our customers’ business. To move forward and deliver on our promise of meeting and even exceeding our customers’ expectations, we challenge ourselves every day, encouraging further expansion and cooperation in European ports,” said René Raaijmakers, CEO, KotugSmit.

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