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26.02.13 Fairmount Alpine delivered Emma Maersk in Palermo.
 

Super tug Fairmount Alpine has delivered the container vessel Emma Maersk, one of the largest container carriers of its kind, at Fincantieri’s repair yard in Palermo, Sicily.To tow the 398 meter long 156,907 DWT Emma Maersk towards Palermo Fairmount Marine was contracted by Maersk Line. Tug Fairmount Alpine happened to be in the eastern Mediterranean area and was promptly mobilized to Port Said, where Emma Maersk has discharged her cargo at the Suez Channel Container Terminal.

Fairmount Alpine and Emma Maersk left Port Said on Sunday February 17 for the 1,276 miles voyage to Palermo, where the convoy arrived on Monday February 25. Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fairmount’s fleet of tugs consists of five modern super tugs of 205 tons bollard pull each, especially designed for long distance towing, and a multipurpose support vessel.

   
  Sleepboot oefent met‘CMA CGM Marco Polo’
  Zijn de twee grote zeeslepers die de Franse kustwacht in Brest en Cherbourg heeft gestationeerd sterk genoeg om een containerschip van 16.020 teu op sleeptouw te nemen? Een test moet het uitwijzen. De Franse rederij CMA CGM heeft op vraag van de overheid toegestemd om het schip ‘CMA CGM Marco Polo’ op 7 maart na het vertrek uit Le Havre te laten deelnemen aan een oefening ter hoogte van Brest. De sleepboot ‘Abeille Bourbon’ krijgt dan enkele uren de tijd om na te gaan of het de 396 meterlange mastodont op sleeptouw kan nemen.

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De Fransen houden in Brest en Cherbourg twee grote zeeslepers klaar om in te grijpen in het geval een schip voor de Atlantische kust in de problemen zou komen en daardoor de veiligheid van het scheepvaartverkeer in het gedrang zou brengen.

Omdat er steeds meer grote containerschepen in de vaart komen, vergroot ook de kans dat er ooit eens zo’n megaschip in de problemen zal komen. Met de oefening willen de Fransen testen of de huidige slepers in staat zijn om een volgeladen ultra large container ship (ulcs) onder controle te houden.

De ‘CMA CGM Marco Polo’ is op dit ogenblik het grootste containerschip ter wereld. Bij het eerste vertrek uit Noord-Europa had de kolos eind vorig jaar maar liefst 163.464 ton lading aan boord. Het schip is nu bezig aan zijn tweede rondreis voor de FAL1 Service tussen het Verre Oosten en Europa.                                                                Bron: De Lloyd-nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

   
  Macleod a unique ‘dual-draft’ ASD
  Over the past few months a variety of RAmparts 3000 series of ASD tug designs by Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) has been described in these pages.Each design has been carefully configured to fit the particular client’s needs and often a new variant has been added to the RAL portfolio. One completion not previously mentioned is the Macleod, a vessel customised with some unusual innovative features.

Macleod was built by Uzmar Shipbuilding in Izmit, Turkeyand delivered to its owner, Rio Tinto- Dampier Salt Ltd, during 2012. The vessel is designed to operate at the Cape Cuvier bulk terminal in Western Australia. The tug’s home port is in a shallow harbour with an approach channel requiring a maximum operating draft of 4m. Such a low draft would normally have a negative impact on the vessel’s performance, with resulting high accelerations. RAL’s solution was to develop a quick acting ballast system allowing the tug to enter the dock with a 4m draft and ballast to a deeper operating draft of 5m when required, thus enabling the full performance capabilities and much better seakeeping characteristics for the tug when operating at sea.


The primary role of Macleod is to carry out shiphandling and heavy duty mooring operations. A vessel of 30.8m in length overall, with a beam of 12.0m, it meets the class requirements of Bureau Veritas with the following notations: BV 1 X HULL, X MACH, X AUT-UMS, TUG, Unrestricted Navigation, AUT-UMS, IWS.
Macleod has a main propulsion system comprising a pair of Caterpillar 3516Cdiesels generating a total of 5,150 bhp (3,840kW) at 1,600rpm to drive a pair of Rolls-Royce US 205 propulsion units with fixed pitch propellers.On trials, Macleod met or exceeded all performance expectations, with a bollard pull of 63 tonnes towing ahead and 58.5 tonnes astern and a free running speed ahead of 13.7knots. Deck machinery installed includes a Ridderinkhof single drum towing winch mounted on the foredeck for shiphandling duties. The winch has a maximum brake load of 180 tonnes, a maximum line pull of 15 tonnes, and can accommodate a 150m of 60mm diameter high performance synthetic towline.



An unusual and prominent feature is two very large powered mooring line reels, complete with spooling gear, located on the aft deck, each with a capacity of 1,325m of 76mm line. The open stern incorporates a stern roller and the line handling equipment includes, a tugger winch, three‘gob eyes’, a capstan and a single set of tow pins and a shark jaw. Fittings are also provided on the aft deck to accommodate a 20 ft diving/stores container.

The wheelhouse is designed for maximum all round visibility with forward and aft control stations providing maximum visibility to both fore and aft deck working areas.
Macleod has been fitted out to the highest standards for a normal operating crew of four, with provision for two supernumeraries and four riggers on transit trips.
Bron: Maritime Journal / Foto: Mercator Media/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer


Neptun 11 in Tanger Marokko.

Foto: © R.Hofstee

23.02.13 Atlantic Offshore’s New Vessel Ready for Statoil.
  Atlantic Offshore’s new Multi Role Vessel “Ocean Response” will on Saturday enter the company’s fleet.The vessel will head to the North Sea and operate for Statoil immediately after the naming ceremony which will be held at Bryggen in Bergen, Norway.



This is the third newbuilding delivered to Atlantic Offshore the past year. Atlantic Offshore has six more vessels currently under construction at several shipyards.
Bron & Foto: Atlantic Offshore/ nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

  Jensen Maritime designs Harley tugs and deck barge
 

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.'s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, recently completed the designs of two new 100 ft x 40 ft ASD tugs, based on the popular Valor tugboat design, and a 250 ftx 70 ftx 15 ft 8 in deck barge for customer Harley Marine, a Seattle-based marine transportation provider. The tugs, named Robert Franco and Ahbra Franco, will provide tanker escort and ship assist services along the U.S. West Coast once delivered. The barge, Iliuliuk Bay, will transport a wide variety of cargo between DutchHarbor and Akutan, Alaska, with up to three runs per week.

The two new tugboats are similar to the classic Valor concept, but have been upgraded with Tier 3 Cat 3516C engines and Rolls-Royce US 255 Z-drives. The vessels still maintain the advantages of the Valor, such as high horsepower in a compact package, a large fuel capacity for long trips, comfortable crew accommodations and a spacious engine room.

The tugs will also feature an anchor windlass and chain locker, as well as a Markey TES-40 winch.

Additionally, Jensen designed the pair of tugs with some of the most advanced safety features in the industry, including a pair of 900 GPM fire pumps and monitors, which will be powered from an on-board generator. Ice plating has also been added to the hulls to ensure safety while working in light ice conditions.

The Robert Franco and Ahbra Franco are now under construction at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, of Freeland, Wash., and are expected to be delivered in March and July respectively. The Iliuliuk Bay is also under construction by U.S. Fab, in Vigor's Swan Islandshipyard in Portland, Ore. The barge is scheduled for delivery later this year.  Bron: Marine Log/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

   
22.02.13 Teekay boosts towage operations in Port Hedland.
  Teekay Shipping Australia has boosted towage operations in the Port of Port Hedland in Western Australia, chartering three more 80+ bollard pull tonne Rotor®Tugs on behalf of BHPB Billiton Minerals.

The 'RT Rotation', 'RT Sensation' and 'RT Inspiration', supplied under contract from KOTUG International, will join three powerful Rotor®Tugs already operating in the Port. Teekay
Shipping currently provides crewing and technical management services to BHPB, whichnow boasts a fleet of 14 tugs in what the mining sector regards as Australia's busiest port.


foto©D.Gennings

Managing Director of Teekay Shipping Australia, David Parmeter, said the new charter was agreat vote of confidence in Teekay's operations."It demonstrates our ability to work with BHPB Minerals to ensure the Port’s towage operationssafely and effectively meet current and projected demand," Mr Parmeter said.

The Port Hedland Port Authority is forecasting an increase in throughput results from 247 milliontonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2012, to nearly 500 mtpa by 2017.Teekay and KOTUG's close working relationship, particularly in Port Hedland, has been furthersolidified by the establishment of joint venture company KT Maritime Services Australia, createdin July 2012.Mr Parmeter said the partnership was "an opportunity to combine the mutually beneficialstrengths within Teekay and KOTUG.""On one hand Teekay is a proven Australian operator of tankers, bulk carriers, FPSOs, FSOs,tugs and a diverse range of specialised vessels for both commercial and government applications."Conversely, KOTUG is a world leader in the tug boat industry and has been consistentlyrecognised and awarded by its peers over the past 25 years.

 It is widely regarded by theinternational maritime community as a world class, highly innovative marine towage serviceprovider," he said.Currently, KT Maritime is actively engaged in working with owners and proponents on a numberof Australia's key resource projects.KOTUG currently owns over 40 tugs located in Australia, the Netherlands, Germany and Africa.Teekay operates a total of 16 tugs in Australia, located in Port Hedland and Hay Point(Queensland).

About KT Maritime Services

    

KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd, a marine towage services provider, was incorporated inJuly 2012, and is a joint venture company established by reputable ship owners and operators, KOTUG International B.V. and Teekay Shipping Australia Pty Ltd.KT Maritime has been established to provide marine towage solutions to the Australian energy and resources sectors.

The new joint venture was born out of the recognition that the Australianmarine towage industry is evolving into a market which demands the highest level of safety,technical innovation, operational expertise and sustainability practices.It combines KOTUG's world class technical marine towage acumen with Teekay's proven localknowledge and Australian track record.We work with our clients from the outset, to assist in the development of marine towage solutionsdesigned to maximise crew safety, terminal throughput, asset security, local industry participationand operational efficiencies.

KT Maritime's 'partnership in power' aims to re-energize a market sector viewed by many asuncompetitive, leveraging off of the impressive reputation, experience, technology, and practicalknow how of KOTUG International and Teekay Shipping. 
    bronTeekay
   
18.02.13 Edda Freya Departs Ostensjo Fleet
  Edda Freya was sold to Bard, and has already been delivered to her new owners in Emden, Germany.“The proud vessel will now be moving on to new adventures in the windfarm business, where we are sure she will be a very useful asset for her new owners..” said Ostensjo Rederi in press release. Edda Freya has been a part of the Østensjø fleet for more than 20 years, and we wish her and her crew all the best for years to come.    Bron: Ostensjo Rederi/ nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
   
  The latest update Singapore
 

The latest update of the Ocean Going Salvage Tug Singapore comes from Galveston; USA. It is reported that the managers for the tug is the Greek towing company Tsavliris.

According to the buyers the Singapore will be taken over and reflagged on Tuesday 19th February 2013. The Dutch crew members leaving the vessel on the 15th February. Very sad for the Pilipino crew to see the Dutch leaving. But they leaving the Dutch flag Singapore in a very good condition and not as Panama flag vessel with a difficult name.

                                                                                   foto: © H.Hoffmann

Further it was reported that the Global Change (ex. London) has contracted her first salvage on the Orinoco river. At this moment the tug is berthed in Trinidad and will departed soon to Cameroun for a towing trip to Bangladesh with a vessel for demolition.

The Global Destinyis in drydock in Calderas Bay (Dominican Republic). In between the towing trips, the tugs taken op salvage stations within close connections with Greek salvors.      Bron: Captain Kees Pronk via Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
   
  Supply vessel Walvis 7 attacked, 2 hostages
Offshore supply vessel Walvis 7 was attacked in the evening Feb 10 50 nm off Pennington, while en route from Onne/Bonny to Escravos. 2 speedboats with 6 armed persons in each attacked and boarded vessel, robbing the crew and taking two hostages with them, Captain (Honduras nationality) and Chief Engineer (Ukrainian nationality). The remaining crew returned to Onne. Crew is Honduras/Ukraine/Nigeria.


Bron: Maritime Bulletin / Foto: B.
Poulsen/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
   
16.02.13 Havila Shipping Secures Long Term Charter Contracts
  Havila Shipping ASA has entered into a long term charter contract with Deepocean for the 2009 built Subsea vessel Havila Phoenix The contract is for a firm period of 7 years with 4 optional periods each of 1 year. Commencement is Q1 2014. The contract includes an agreement about some reconstruction of the vessel       ahead of the commencement.


foto©Havila Shipping

The 2011 built IMR vessel Havila Subsea have finalised the work for Statoil under the current charter contract with Subsea 7.                                                                  The contract is extended and the vessel will continue to work for Subsea 7 for the most of this year.    Bron Foto: Havila Shipping
   
  Salvage tug anchored in bay after wing ship work
  The 33-metre Belgian salvage tug Union Diamond is anchored in Falmouth Bay on salvage station.The 65-ton bollard pull ocean going anchor-handling tug arrived from Mostyn,, north Wales, after she towed the cargo vessel Cuidad de Cadiz off a sandbank.The Airbusonboard ro-ro cargo vessel transports Airbus wings, made at Airbus in Broughton in Flintshire, to Toulouse in France. The ship regularly calls at Falmouth for bunkers.       Bron: Falmouth Packet
   
 

Ayten Cebi’Tug Completes Sea Trials

  The 23m Macduff designed tug named ‘Ayten Cebi’ recently completed its sea trials. Built by Torgem in Tuzla, Turkey the vessel ran successful trials, with a free running speed of 11.7 knots and average bollard pull of 35 tonnes the vessel has surpassed her contract conditions.The vessel comes as a result of close co-operation between designer and builder.. The tug utilitizes the Mampaey DOT towing system adding safety, controllability and, above all, flexibility to the performance of tugs enabling them to rotate in all directions in a safe and controlled manner irrespective of the heading of the assisted vessel.In June 2012, Macduff secured it’s largest single contract for a total of ten vessels comprising five new designs. The order has been placed by Torgem in Turkey who are building the vessels for Saudi Arabia.Length / 23.00m, Breadth / 8.00m, Depth / 4.00m, Main Engines / 2 x 1000hp @ 1600rpm, Propeller / 2 x 1800mm in nozzle,          Bollard Pull / 26 Tonnes.        Bron: World Maritime News
   
 

Emma Maersk to be towed to European repair yard other ships forwarding its cargo.  

  The "Emma Maersk" will soon be towed from the Suez Canal Container Terminal at Port Said,to a European shipyard where it will be repaired..                                   On Feb 11 the last of the 6,425-filled containers were unloaded. Further contingencies and schedules have been finalised as part of the cargo was loaded on the "Maersk Kotka" (16B/1301) on Feb 11, some of the cargo were loaded on the "CC Medea" (3FO/933E) on Feb 12, and the remaining eastbound cargo will be     loaded onto the "Maersk Kokura" (98A/1305) on Feb 18.    Bron: Vesseltracker
   
09.02.13 Fairmount couple towed rig Noble Max Smith to Brazil                                                 
  Super tugs Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition have towed the drilling rig Noble Max Smith from the Gulf to Brazil. Both tugs hooked-up in Pascagoula Mississippi, USA. For this job the Fairmount Sherpa and the Fairmount Expedition were mobilized to the departure location from there previous projects.        Fairmount Sherpa had just delivered the rig Atwood Condor in Trinidad after a speedy crossing of the Atlantic and the turbulent waters around the Cape of Good Hope and Fairmount Expedition was successfully involved in the salvage of the ill fated container vessel MSC Flaminia.


foto©Fairmount


Upon completion of this project she was prepared in Rotterdam for the
towage of rig Noble Max Smith and mobilized just in time for the departure from Pascagoula. 

The Noble Max Smith is a semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Noble
Corporation and contracted by Shell for a drilling campaign offshore Brazil over a three year period. Prior to this the rig was prepared at a shipyard in Pascagoula Mississippi, USA. Upon readiness of the rig, a departure meeting was held and the Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition connected their towing wires to Noble Max Smith one by one.

After this the convoy began its 5,500
miles journey to Niterói, Brazil. First the convoy set sail towards Bridgetown, Barbados, for a stop-over for replenishment of the tugs and the rig. The tugs received first their bunkers and fresh provisions and secondly the Noble Max Smith received fresh provisions and stores. For this both Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition were used. As such they did multiple cargo runs to and from the Noble Max Smith. Not only during the first part of the voyage to Bridgetown, but also during a large part of the second leg of the journey counter currents were experienced. Nonetheless the Fairmount Class tugs showed there unbridled towing power and endurance.


foto©Fairmount

As such the Noble Max Smith was
safely delivered in Niterói. Upon arrival offshore Niterói. Fairmount Expedition assisted with mooring of the rig into her position. Directly after delivery tugs Fairmount Sherpa and Fairmount Expedition were prepared for their next assignments.
   
30.01.13 Fairmount tugs deliver Tamar jacket in Mediterranean Sea
 

Tugs Fairmount Summit and Fairmount Alpine have delivered the new build Noble Tamar jacket at location in the Tamar gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean. Both tugs towed the barge on which the jacket was loaded from the US to the field South-East of Cyprus.

The 18,500 ton jacket was build in the US. In Corpus Christi the jacket was loaded on the 260 meters long barge H-851, world’s largest launch and cargo barge owned by Heerema Marine Contractors.

Fairmount Marine, part of the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group, was contracted by Heerema Marine Contractors and mobilized the tugs Fairmount Summit and Fairmount Alpine to Corpus Christi. From this port the convoy set sail for the 9,000 miles voyage. It took only 54 days at an average speed of 6.9 knots to deliver the barge in the Tamar field. Upon arrival the Fairmount Summit and Fairmount Alpine assisted in the launching and installation operations.

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The Tamar gas field is classified as the largest deepwater natural gas discovery in 2009. Production is expected to start in the second quarter of this year. After launching the Tamar jacket Fairmount Alpine was released and went on to her next assignment. Fairmount Summit continued with barge H-851 for a 5,150 miles voyage towards the Far East.

Fairmount Marine is a marine contractor for ocean towage and heavy lift transportation, headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fairmount’s fleet of tugs consists of five modern super tugs of 205 tons bollard pull each, especially designed for long distance towing, and a multipurpose support vessel. Fairmount Marine is part of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group.

   
07.01.13 Shell wil vastgelopen boorschip 'Kulluk' lostrekken
 

Shell gaat proberen het vastgelopen boorschip Kulluk uit het gevaarlijkste deel van de Golf van Alaska te slepen zodra het weer dat toelaat.                        De constructie van het boorschip is volgens zeevaartdeskundigen sterk genoeg om het te slepen, zei incidentmanager Sean Churchfield op een persconferentie.

Wanneer de poging wordt gedaan hangt onder meer af van het getij en het weer, zei Churchfield. "Ik kan geen tijdschema geven. De voorbereidingen worden nu getroffen. We willen het schip slepen zodra we daar klaar voor zijn en ons de mogelijkheid wordt geboden."

Als het boorschip weg van de rotsen voor het eiland Sitkalidak kan worden gesleept, wordt het naar een inham van het eiland Kodiak gebracht, zo'n 48 kilometer verderop. De Kulluk is een rond binnenvaartschip van 81 meter in doorsnede. Door een versterkte stalen romp kan het ook op ijs werken.              Het is een van de twee schepen die vorig jaar op de Arctische Oceaan naar olie hebben geboord en heeft geen eigen aandrijving.

De sleeppoging wordt uitgevoerd door hetzelfde schip dat de Kulluk vorige maand tijdens een reis naar Seattle verloor. Een kabel tussen de sleepboot, de Aiviq, en de Kulluk brak op 27 december. Meerdere pogingen werden daarna gedaan een nieuwe verbinding tot stand te brengen, maar de lijnen braken steeds.

De pogingen het schip weer op sleeptouw te nemen werden bemoeilijkt door motorproblemen bij de sleepboot. Uit een eerste onderzoek blijkt dat dit kwam door slechte brandstof, zei Churchfield. Inmiddels is de brandstof behandeld en zijn de filters vervangen. "Daarna hebben zich geen problemen meer voorgedaan."

Er zijn geen plannen om de 568 duizend liter diesel aan boord van de Kulluk weg te pompen omdat dat weer andere risico's met zich zou meebrengen.          Ook andere lading blijft aan boord. Er zijn volgens de kustwacht nog geen duikers in het water geweest, maar uit gesprekken met lokale vissers wordt geconcludeerd dat het schip op een rotsachtige bodem is vastgelopen.

Zaterdagavond was Shell nog niet klaar om een sleeppoging te ondernemen. Meer dan zeshonderd mensen werken aan de berging van het schip.                  Voor de berging is het Rotterdamse sleepbedrijf Smit ingeschakeld.

Berger Dan Magone van het bergingsbedrijf Magone Marine is skeptisch dat het schip zomaar kan worden losgetrokken. "Ik zou echt geschokt zijn als dit ding zo licht is vastgelopen en zo licht is beschadigd dat je hem zomaar weg kunt trekken", zei hij vanuit zijn hoofdkwartier in Dutch Harbor, voor de kust van Alaska. Hij is niet betrokken bij deze operatie, maar heeft wel ervaring met andere vastgelopen schepen in het gebied.

Magone is momenteel betrokken bij de berging van twee andere boten in het gebied, maar hij wacht tot de lente voor hij tot actie overgaat. Dat is volgens hem gebruikelijk. "Verzekeringsmaatschappijen willen niet meer betalen dan wat nodig is om de schepen daar weg te krijgen. Waarom zouden we ons materieel en onze bemanning riskeren en tien keer zoveel geld betalen door in de winter aan te klooien als je ook op beter weer kunt wachten?"

Hij tekent wel aan dat de brandstof uit de schepen die hij moet bergen al is weggepompt. "Bij een groot fiasco als bij de Kulluk is er natuurlijk veel druk om het snel op te lossen. Maar de mogelijkheden zijn beperkt."

Volgens Shell is het dek van de Kulluk lichtbeschadigd. Door open luiken zou zeewater naar binnen lopen. Alle generatoren zijn door water uitgeschakeld, maar vrijdag zijn draagbare generatoren aan boord gebracht. Of het lukt om de Kulluk weer zeewaardig te krijgen hangt vooral af van de toestand waarin de romp verkeert.  Bron: Novum/AP / Foto: U.S. Coast Guard

   
 
 
 

Teekay - KOTUG Joint Venture to Pursue Opportunities In Australian Towage Market

Sydney, Australia/Rotterdam, The Netherlands, August 15, 2012: Teekay Shipping Australia Pty Ltd. (Teekay) and KOTUG International B.V.  The Netherlands (KOTUG) today announced the establishment of a new Joint Venture (JV) company, called KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd, to pursue new business opportunities in the Australian towage market.

"We believe there are new opportunities for trusted and experienced companies like Teekay and KOTUG to provide superior towage services at existing and greenfield terminal developments," commented Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO of KOTUG. "The JV between Teekay and KOTUG will bring together complementary skills from each partner. At KOTUG, we have many years of practical and technical experience in the towage field, including the deployment of our highly maneuverable RotorTug technology. Combined with Teekay’s worldwide reputation for operational leadership and deep knowledge and expertise in the Australian crewing and ship management markets, this results in a strong partnership to pursue new business."

"The Australian market for towage services is growing as new LNG projects begin production, adding to the ongoing growth in Australian coal and iron ore export shipments," commented David Parmeter, Managing Director, Teekay Shipping Australia Pty Ltd. "Since 2002, Teekay has operated in the Australian towage market at both Hay Point and Port Hedland where we currently manage 12 tugs and have experience with several KOTUG RotorTug vessels. With our new JV company, we are formalizing a partnership that will deliver top tier towage services for the Australian market."

Under the terms of the JV agreement, Teekay and KOTUG will both continue to separately manage respective existing operations in various Australian ports.

KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd will be located in Perth, Australia. Jamie Anderson, Business Development Manager for KT Maritime Services Australia, will be responsible for developing new business with potential customers.

About Teekay

Teekay Corporation is an operational leader and project developer in the marine midstream space. Through its general partnership interests in two master limited partnerships (MLPs), Teekay LNG Partners L.P. (NYSE:TGP) and Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (NYSE:TOO), its controlling ownership of Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK), and its fleet of directly-owned vessels, Teekay is responsible for managing and operating consolidated assets of over $11 billion, comprised of approximately 150 liquefied gas, offshore, and conventional tanker assets. With offices in 16 countries and approximately 6,400 seagoing and shore-based employees, Teekay provides a comprehensive set of marine services to the world's leading oil and gas companies, and with its reputation for safety, quality and innovation it has earned a position with its customers as The Marine Midstream Company.

Teekay's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange where it trades under the symbol "TK".

About Kotug

KOTUG is an international maritime service provider. KOTUG offers its clients a high quality level of services based on a safe, efficient and eco friendly operation.

With a century of experience combined with a modern fleet, KOTUG has built its reputation as a competitive and innovative player in the maritime industry for harbour towage, coastal & deep sea towage, salvage and emergency response, tug management, crew training, chartering, brokerage, offshore services and assistance to dredging industry.

KOTUG constantly improves the quality level of services to its clients’ needs and uses the latest technologies and equipment combined with well-trained crews. KOTUG distinguishes itself from the market by the development of the patented RotorTug concept. The principal advantage of this revolutionary RotorTug is its remarkable maneuverability, provided by its three azimuth propulsion units. Recently KOTUG introduced World’s first hybrid RotorTug, the so-called "E-KOTUG", operating in the Port of Rotterdam.