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The industry’s premier technical gathering


TUGTECHNOLOGY ’23 will take place 22 - 23 May in Rotterdam in May. The two-day conference, exhibition and awards alternates on a bi-annual basis with The International Tug & Salvage Conference, Exhibition & Awards, and has been the industry’s must-attend event - in odd rather than even years - since 2007.


TUGTECHNOLOGY last took place in October 2021 in London. The event drew hundreds of tug professionals from around the world and received plaudits for its outstanding presentations, networking and exhibition opportunities as well as the introduction of the inaugural ITS Awards. 


Based on extensive research, the conference programme for TUGTECHNOLOGY ’23 is designed to deliver vital insights and clarity on the technological changes and options available to industry as 2030 comes rapidly into the view.


Papers and the technologies discussed at the event will be rooted in the industry’s commercial, operational, regulatory, technical and ESG context. Supply chain considerations and the economics of new technology will be very much in focus.


Among the subjects to be examined at the 2023 event are the decarbonisation challenge facing tug owners and how emissions can be reduced; the challenges companies face training onshore and seagoing personnel to maintain and operate new technology; new types of technology, such as alternative fuels, batteries and electrification options; and safety, which will be examined from the regulatory viewpoint and from the viewpoint of recent industry guidance in areas such as man overboard and preventing man-in-water incidents. As always, there will be a particular focus on new and recently introduced designs and equipment.


Join us in Rotterdam in May to benchmark your current practices and industry knowledge, meet clients, do business and expand your network!


TUGTECHNOLOGY is only open to registered delegates. No visitors will have access to any part of the event.


Further information:


Attendance, exhibiting, sponsorship: Indrit Kruja on or call on +44 20 8370 7792

Speaking opportunities: Edwin Lampert on or call on +44 20 8370 7017

Conference logistics: Mirella Charter on or call on +44 20 8370 7009
Invoice Enquiries - Simon Richardson on or call +44 20 8370 7012


Register for event developments via the following this link.



Looking forward to seeing you there!



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TUGTECHNOLOGY is a two day event consisting of a conference programme, exhibition and gala dinner. It is the industry’s premier technical gathering and takes place on alternate years to the International Tug & Salvage Convention, Exhibition & Awards.


TUGTECHNOLOGY brings together the global tug owning and operating community, the international supply chain and industry associations and regulators for two days of networking, intelligence gathering and deal making in a warm, welcoming and professional setting.


The conference programme is known for its technical range and depth and as a forum at which the latest concepts and advances can be discussed and analysed. Competition to present is intense.


TUGTECHNOLOGY is organised by Riviera Maritime Media, the team behind the ITS conventions and International Tug & Salvage magazine.


All Speakers

Wonchul Yoo

Wonchul Yoo

Senior Researcher / Product Manager
Jonas Nyberg

Jonas Nyberg

Managing Director - Western Hemisphere
Berg Propulsion
Vicente Boluda Ceballos

Vicente Boluda Ceballos

Vice Chairman
Boluda Towage/ Chairman of the European Tugowners Association
Herman Spilker

Herman Spilker

Vice President North Europe
Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
Gijsbert de Jong

Gijsbert de Jong

Marine Chief Executive, Nordics
Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore
Matt Rayson

Matt Rayson

Marine Strategy Director
Marinus Jansen

Marinus Jansen

Global Marine Technology Steward
Caterpillar Marine
Jean-Pierre Stevens

Jean-Pierre Stevens

Product Portfolio Manager Sustainable Tugs
Damen Shipyards
Piet ter Schure

Piet ter Schure

DMT Marine Equipment
Christian Nielsen Sandoy

Christian Nielsen Sandoy

Sales Director
EuroRope Marine AS
Feike-Jan Bergstra

Feike-Jan Bergstra

Sales Manager Tug & Mooring
Hampidjan Advant
Oskar Levander

Oskar Levander

SVP Business Development
Kongsberg Maritime Finland
Patrick Everts

Patrick Everts

General Manager Maritime Excellence Center
Leendert Muller

Leendert Muller

Managing Director
Multraship Towage & Salvage
Martin Helweg

Martin Helweg

Chief Executive Officer
P&O Maritime Logistics
Peter Degroote

Peter Degroote

Nautical Operations & Fleet Manager
Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Ben Van Scherpenzeel

Ben Van Scherpenzeel

Director Nautical Developments, Policy & Plans
Port of Rotterdam
René de Vries

René de Vries

(State) Harbour Master
Port of Rotterdam
Mike Shives

Mike Shives

Ship Simulation Specialist
Robert Allan Ltd
Tobias Kohl

Tobias Kohl

Director, Application Engineering Marine
Rolls-Royce Solutions
Tamer Geckin

Tamer Geckin

Director, R&D and Electrical Systems
Sanmar Shipyards
Jan Glas

Jan Glas

Director Product Management & Business Intelligence
Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

LNG Business and Project Development Director
Smit Lamnalco
Kasper Karlsen

Kasper Karlsen

Chief Operating Officer
Scott Baker

Scott Baker

Chairman of the BTA, Head of Marine Standards (Europe)
Thomas Bangslund

Thomas Bangslund

Group Head of Technical Innovation
Kerrie Forster

Kerrie Forster

The Workboat Association
Robert Merrylees

Robert Merrylees

Secretary of the BTA, Policy Manager (Safety & Nautical)
UK Chamber of Shipping
Capt. Mustafa Sokukcu

Capt. Mustafa Sokukcu

Captain (Marine Pilot)

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TUGTECHNOLOGY is only open to registered delegates. No visitors will have access to any part of the event.

SUNDAY 21 MAY 2023


15:00 - 18:00 Pre-registration
Postillion Hotel & Convention Centre WTC

Rotterdam Hall
Collect your badge and materials.

18:00 - 20:00 Welcome drinks reception 
Gastrobar Elvy at nhow Rotterdam Hotel

Wilhelminakade 137, 3072 AP 
A 25-minute walk (or short taxi ride) from the Postillion Hotel & Convention Centre WTC.

Open to registered TUGTECHNOLOGY participants only.

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20:30 to Late UZMAR party
Kooren Terminal

Westerkade 8, 3016 CL, Rotterdam
Located opposite the Restaurant River Bar. Parking (paid) is available along the road on Westerkade. 

Food, drinks and entertainment will be provided for all TUGTECHNOLOGY conference ticket holders.


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DAY 1 | MONDAY 22 MAY 2023


Time Session  Presenters

Registration, coffee and networking

08:45 Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media Edwin Lampert, Executive Editor & Head of Business Relations, Riviera Maritime Media

Platinum sponsor welcome address


Matt Rayson, Marine Strategy Director, Caterpillar
09:10 Keynote address: 

Maintaining a competitive edge through technology and innovation in a changing market

Vicente Boluda Ceballos, Vice Chairman, Boluda Towage / Chairman of the European Tugowners Association



Time Session / Paper Presenters 

Tug owner roundtable 

Join our panel of industry leaders for an insightful, thought-provoking, interactive session where they will share their perspectives on key industry issues spanning regulatory compliance, technological innovation, recent safety incidents, the potential impact of autonomous tugs and electric propulsion and the urgent need to address sustainability and reduced emissions. 

  • How trends in the wider shipping market will affect tug technology
  • Safety in the tugboat Industry: lessons learned and future outlook
  • Legislation: how might it affect the industry?
  • An overview of key areas of technology development
Leendert Muller, Managing Director, Multraship Towage & Salvage
Martin Helweg, Chief Executive Officer, P&O Maritime Logistics 
Andrew Brown, LNG Business and Project Development Director, Smit Lamnalco

Kasper Karlsen, Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer



Session Q&A


Networking coffee break in the exhibition area

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The session spotlights the key drivers of industry decarbonisation. The technical papers and subsequent discussion will take in regulatory and customer demands, the most promising technologies and strategies for reducing emissions, and highlight successful initiatives, best practices and case studies on collaboration and innovation. 


Time Session / Paper Presenters 

Reducing fuel consumption and emissions: where are we?

  • How owners and vendors can work together
  • Narrowing down the options
  • A case-by-case approach
  • Providing the necessary infrastructure for decarbonisation
Marinus Jansen, Global Marine Technology Steward, Caterpillar Marine

Methanol engines: single fuel versus dual fuel


This paper explores the differences between single fuel and dual fuel methanol engines, their benefits and technical aspects. The advantages and disadvantages of different dual fuel engine options are also assessed. 

  • Dual Fuel methanol engine assessment
  • Single Fuel methanol engines assessed
  • Comparison between Single Fuel and Dual Fuel methanol engines
  • Operators perspective on tug operation and integration
  • General expectation to the methanol market 

Tobias Kohl, Director Application Engineering Marine, Rolls-Royce Solutions

Thomas Bangslund, Group Head of Technical Innovation, Svitzer


Electrifying tug designs: it is about more than just batteries

  • Charging infrastructure: when will it be widely available?
  • Applications for all-electric tugs: suitable for every situation?
  • How batteries are evolving: what’s next?
  • Experience to date

Tamer Geckin, Director, R&D and Electrical Systems, Sanmar Shipyards




Session Q&A


Networking lunch in the exhibition area

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A deep dive into the economics of new tug technology and overcoming potential barriers to adoption. The technical papers will present new thinking on the critical factors that drive the cost of new tug technology, including research and development, design and manufacturing, in-service experience and the potential benefits of economies of scale and standardisation. Our presenters will share examples of successful initiatives that have made innovative solutions more accessible to a wider range of tug operators.


Time Session / Paper Presenters 

Helping owners introduce innovation

  • Configuring next-generation tugs
  • Go now, or go later: options for newbuilds
  • Cost-effective options for the near term
  • How can costs be managed?

Jonas Nyberg, Managing Director - West Hemisphere, Berg Propulsion



Finding the balance between total life cycle costs and emission savings

  • Review of tug technologies for improved efficiency and lower emissions
  • Techno-economic comparison of emerging tug concepts
  • Which investments will give the largest emission reductions and at what cost
  • Finding the balance between decarbonisation targets and life cycle cost

Oskar Levander, SVP Business Development, Kongsberg Maritime Finland


Session Q&A


Networking coffee break in the exhibition area

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Valuable insights into the latest developments and trends in tugboat safety regulations and best practices, including the latest regulatory requirements, and the latest tools and technologies that can help to mitigate risks and improve safety outcomes. Our presenters will share best practices and case studies into meeting the practical, compliance and commercial challenges involved in ensuring safe and efficient tugboat operations.


Time Session / Paper Presenters 

Tugboat-Specific Simulator Standards 

  • Simulator tugboat models need a unique certification standard
  • DNV standard now requires a tugboat performance booklet
  • Safety implications of over-performing tugboat models 
  • Roadmap for validating simulator models 

Mike Shives, Ship Simulation Specialist, Robert Allan Ltd




Man overboard: a critical examination of safe operations

  • Causes of man overboard
  • Dealing with man overboard incidents
  • Limitations of existing equipment
  • New equipment and technology: designing for recovery

Scott Baker, Chairman of the British Tugowners Association (BTA), Head of Marine Standards (Europe), Svitzer

Robert Merrylees, Secretary of the British Tugowners Association (BTA), Policy Manager (Safety & Nautical), UK Chamber of Shipping





Preventing towline failure

  • Causes of towlines parting
  • Lessons learned in mooring
  • The importance of testing
  • Designing a tug system that prevents incidents

Feike-Jan Bergstra, Sales Manager Tug & Mooring, Hampidjan Advant


Christian Nielsen Sandøy, Sales Director, EuroRope Marine




Session Q&A


Chairman’s closing remarks

Edwin Lampert, Executive Editor & Head of Business Relations, Riviera Maritime Media

Pre-dinner drinks reception

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Industry dinner & 


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Awards in association with Caterpillar
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From 22:30 to Late DAMEN After Dinner Party
BrewDog Rotterdam

Halvemaanpassage 1, 3011 DJ Rotterdam
A 2-minute walk from the Postillion Hotel & Convention Centre WTC.


Open to registered TUGTECHNOLOGY participants only.

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DAY 2 | TUESDAY 23 MAY 2023


Time Session  Presenters

Registration, coffee and networking

08:45 Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media Edwin Lampert, Executive Editor & Head of Business Relations, Riviera Maritime Media
08:50 Keynote address
Our keynote speaker will highlight current and future initiatives being undertaken at the Port of Rotterdam and also offer a perspective on the day’s themes and how they relate to the port and the broader industry.
René de Vries, (State) Harbour Master, Port of Rotterdam



A lively and informative discussion on the most pressing issues facing port and harbour operators today. Our panel of industry leaders will share their experiences and best practices for managing risk, improving efficiency and building resilience in the face of shifting demand patterns and emerging technologies as well as share perspective on new ways the industry can work together at the port and harbour interface. 


Time Session / Paper Presenters 

Port and Harbour roundtable - the view from the quayside

  • Ports’ role in driving the introduction of new technology
  • Ports and emissions: a mixed outlook?
  • Creating a forum for ports and tug owners to interact
  • Harmonising expectations

Peter Degroote, Nautical Operations & Fleet Manager, Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Ben van Scherpenzeel, Director Nautical Developments, Policy & Plans, Port of Rotterdam


Session Q&A


Networking coffee break in the exhibition area

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A thorough assessment of the potential advantages of new technology, including increased efficiency, reduced emissions, and improved safety outcomes. Our subject experts will also explore the key challenges and barriers to adoption, including regulatory frameworks, technological limitations and cultural factors.


Time Session / Paper Presenters 

From Assistant to Fully Autonomous: How new technology is redefining tug navigation 

  • The difference between autonomous navigation and remotely controlled navigation 
  • Autonomous navigation in variable weather, challenging sea conditions and crowded ports
  • The role of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms 
  • The benefits of applying autonomous navigation solutions 
  • The current status of autonomous navigation solutions in the market

Wonchul Yoo, Senior Researcher / Product Manager, Avikus




Spotlight interview: navigating the regulatory landscape


A live interview featuring two of the industry’s foremost regulatory experts. The interview will cover the listed topics. Afterwards  there will be the opportunity for delegates to get specific questions answered and be part of the more collaborative approach needed in this vital area of tug operations.

  • Insights into the regulatory landscape, including the potential advantages and challenges of new technology adoption
  • Understanding the current regulatory framework, its impacts and implications and the role of class
  • Identifying the key technical limitations and standards required for successful tug operations
  • Readying for Jan 2024: are you prepared for the next wave of cyber regulation 
  • Examining the potential impact of new technologies and autonomous tugs on the traditional tug industry

Herman Spilker, Vice President North Europe, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

Gijsbert De Jong, Marine Chief Executive, Nordics Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore




Session Q&A


Networking lunch in the exhibition area

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The latest advances in tugboat design and engineering, including innovative new hull designs, propulsion systems, and deck equipment. Our presenters will explore the potential benefits of these new technologies, including increased efficiency, reduced emissions and improved safety outcomes. 


Time Session / Paper Presenters 

A SWOT-AHP Analysis of Biodiesel as an Alternative Fuel for Tugboats

  • Generation of biofuels
  • Compliance considerations with recent emission regulations
  • Biodiesel as a sustainable fuel alternative
  • SWOT-AHP hybrid methodology employed to assess various facets of biodiesel 
  • Pros and cons of using biodiesel as fuel in tugboats

Capt. Mustafa Sokukcu, Marine Pilot, PhD Candidate in Marine Engineering, UZMAR





Sparky in service: operational insights and updates on the Damen RSD-E Tug 2513

  • Design requirements and technical specification  
  • Operational experience and in-service performance
  • Warranty issues and lessons learned 
  • Business case and market expectation

Jean-Pierre Stevens, Product Portfolio Manager Sustainable Tugs, Damen Shipyards




Getting to grips with new deck gear

  • Trends in winches and cranes for new tugs
  • Tailoring deck gear to meet owners’ evolving requirements
  • Hydraulic versus electric gear
  • Higher bollard pull: meeting the needs of new-generation container ships

Piet ter Schure, CEO,  DMT Marine Equipment




Transformative propulsion solutions

  • Design philosophy for future azimuth thrusters on review 
  • Is today’s layout contradicting opportunities for more sustainable operation?
  • How focus on life cycle could reduce carbon footprint
  • Using collected data for a holistic evaluation of fuel oil consumption

Jan Glas, Director Product Management & Business Intelligence, SCHOTTEL




Session Q&A


Networking coffee break in the exhibition area

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A critical assessment of the training and skills necessary for the tug industry to transition to a decarbonised future. Conference papers will detail developing new skills and training programmes, technologies and infrastructure, how to adopt to new ways of working and assess the extent each approach supports increased efficiency, reduced emissions, improved safety outcomes and better returns.  


Time Session / Paper Presenters 

Decarbonisation scenarios

  • Potential scenarios and their consequences for crew training
  • How quickly will the need for new training ramp up?
  • Safety challenges associated with alternative fuels
  • Handling new fuels in harbour and on board ship

Andrew Brown, LNG Business and Project Development Director, Smit Lamnalco


Effective training for adopting new fuels and tug concepts

  • Why is training not the only important component impacting energy consumption?
  • How does training generate the insights a captain needs to safe energy consumption
  • How to make the training stick and effectively impact energy consumption
  • Alternative fuels, less flexibility?

Patrick Everts, General Manager Maritime Excellence Center, KOTUG International




How to meet tug master training for the future

  • How future fuels will affect skills required
  • Putting a new training regime in place
  • Methanol, ammonia, hydrogen: how do the skills challenges compare?
  • Training requirements for fuel cells, batteries and hybrid propulsion

Kerrie Forster, Chief Executive Officer, The Workboat Association




Session Q&A


Chairman’s closing remarks and end of conference

Edwin Lampert, Executive Editor & Head of Business Relations, Riviera Maritime Media


*Programme subject to amendments / change

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ITS Awards 2023


The prestigious ITS Awards recognise vessels, operators, innovators and individuals that set new benchmarks in operational excellence throughout the previous year. To win an ITS Award is to achieve a significant personal and professional milestone and is all-the-more memorable as these respected awards are determined by you, the industry, and will be presented at TUGTECHNOLOGY ‘23, an ITS event. 


Voting has now closed. 
Winners will be announced on the night.

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Join the best of the best on Monday 22 May


This year’s ITS Awards 2023 take place on Monday 22 May in Rotterdam. All event delegates are reserved a place at the dinner. Additional tickets for guests can be purchased HERE.


On even years, ITS Awards are held at International Tug & Salvage Convention, Exhibition & Awards. Find out about ITS Awards 2023 HERE


To discuss commercial opportunities at ITS Awards 2023, please contact Indrit Kruja on or call +44 20 8370 7792.


Join us to to celebrate the best of the best on Monday 22 May. You’ll be in excellent company. 


The ITS Awards 2023 Shortlist 


The process saw longlists discussed, debated and ultimately distilled by our expert panel. 


Ensuring credibility throughout the process 

The voting process is crucial in determining the winners, as it reflects the industry’s considered view on each nominee. The internal panel’s deliberations complement the voting process and provide a necessary layer of scrutiny and impartiality, ultimately resulting in a deserving winner being selected in each category. Our panel carefully reviews each nomination’s merits, technical achievements and operational impact. 


TUGTECHNOLOGY is only open to registered delegates. No visitors will have access to any part of the event.



Tug of the Year


Awarded to the owner, designer and builder of the tug, delivered in the last 12 months, that set industry benchmarks through innovative design and efficient operations.

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HaiSea Wamis - The first of the Robert Allan Ltd/Sanmar ElectRA 2800-SX series ever built and the most powerful electric tugboat in the world. HaiSea Wamis was built by Sanmar Shipyards as the first of three electric tugs to arrive and operate in the traditional territories of the Haisla First Nation by HaiSea Marine, and as the first tugboat to receive the UWN notation from ABS for underwater noise reduction.

Owner: HaiSea Marine

Builder: Sanmar Shipyards

Designer: Robert Allan Ltd

HB Poraque - The world’s first battery electric shallow-draught pushboat was built by Belov Engenharia Shipyard in Salvador, Brazil to a Robert Allan Ltd design. RApide 2000-E design with battery/diesel-electric propulsion, including 600-kWh batteries, DC Grid and two L-drives to support vessel operations at terminals in the Amazon River system.

Owner: Hidrovias do Brasil

Builder: Belov Engenharia Shipyard

Designer: Robert Allan Ltd

Hydrotug 1 - World’s first hydrogen-powered tugboat with dual-fuel technology. Hydrotug will be operational in one of Europe’s busiest ports, Port of Antwerp-Bruges. CMB.TECH’s Hydrotug will be the first tugboat in the world to be powered by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with traditional fuel. It is the first vessel that uses the BeHydro V12 dual-fuel medium speed engines – each providing 2 MW – with the latest EU Stage V emissions after treatment. By using the dual-fuel medium-speed engines, the vessel uses clean fuels, reducing up to 80% of traditional fuel consumption and associated emissions.

Owner: Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Builder: Armón Shipyards

Designer: CMB.TECH 

JMS Sunshine – Singapore’s first LNG battery-hybrid tug is operated by Jurong Marine Services with MTU 16V 4000 series gas engines and Spear Power System’s Trident lithium-ion batteries. This ABS-classed tug has a Schottel Sydrive-E system and hybridised RudderPropellers, type SRP 430, fed by zero-emissions electrical motors and the IMO Tier III-compliant LNG main engines. 

Owner: Jurong Marine Services

Builder: Sembcorp Marine

Designer: LMG Marin

Plis Fos – This ASD 2813 tug, with over 85 tonnes of bollard pull, is the first harbour tug with IMO Tier III-compliant propulsion in the Caribbean and in all the French ports. Plis Fos was designed and built by Damen for Somara operating in the port of Fort de France, Martinique. This Bureau Veritas-classed tug has the greatest bollard pull in the Caribbean, from twin Caterpillar 3516C TA HD main diesel engines driving two Kongsberg US 255 azimuth thrusters.

Owner: Somara

Builder and designer: Damen

Taiga - Japan’s first electric-powered tug is providing zero-emissions towage in Tokyo Bay. Its hybrid-electric propulsion system includes high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, generators, direct-current switchboard and grid and Z-Peller azimuth thrusters. IHI Power Systems was system integrator and supplied the azimuth thrusters and diesel generators.

Owner: Tokyo Kisen

Builder: Kanagawa Dockyard

Designer: OSD-IMT/Damen





Tug Owner of the Year


Awarded to a tug owner that has set industry benchmarks in one or more of the following areas over the last 12 months: safety, operations, technical excellence, crewing and training, ESG, business development.

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Boluda Towage for its bold acquisition of Smit Lamnalco to become the world’s largest tug owner and towage provider with operations worldwide and in all sectors, from harbour towage to terminal operations, emergency response and salvage.

Fairplay Towage for its investment in new tugs for harbour and offshore operations in northern Europe, with delivery of four in recent months. Damen supplied an IMO Tier III-compliant Shoalbuster 2711 ICE tug, Fairplay 37, and two RSD 2513 tugs Fairplay-90 and Fairplay-91, while Fairplay added a new ASD tug, Fairplay-93 to its towage services in Rotterdam.

SAAM Towage for its drive for new tugs with electric propulsion ordered from Sanmar Shipyards, designed by Robert Allan Ltd and classed by Bureau Veritas, to cut emissions from its Canadian towage operations and for achieving carbon-neutral operations in Colombia. 

Svitzer for pioneering the decarbonisation of towage through its collaboration with OEM engine partners and its environmental programmes targeting net-zero carbon; converting 50 UK tugs to HVO biofuels for EcoTow, investing in a new multipurpose tug design, its ‘Aim for 8’ behavioural change programme and aims to use zero-carbon fuels such as methanol.




Innovation of the Year


Recognising outstanding and innovative designs, projects, or vessel operations that have set new benchmarks in the tug industry over the last 12 months.

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Agile electric escort winch (Markey Machine) 
Markey Machine developed the new Agile concept for its escort winch product line in Q4 2022 with a weight reduction of over 16% in comparison to its previous electric escort winch models. It has a reduced winch footprint, unique power and control system and new level wind arrangement.

E-Pusher M (Kotug International)
This is the medium size of the E-Pusher series, with the first completed for Cargill for zero-emissions barge transport between the Port of Amsterdam and Cargill’s factories in Zaandam, the Netherlands. This patented design has a steel/aluminium frame, a PE hull assembly, fully electric drive and ability to switch between containerised energy sources, including batteries. With the specially designed E-barges this is a 100% zero-emission setup. The vessel has an eternal lifespan because every part can be replaced, adjusted, or removed, including the energy source. Operations will start in Q2, 2023.

Hydrogen One (e1 Marine/Elliott Bay Design Group/Maritime Partners)

Elliott Bay Design Group, Maritime Partners and e1 Marine developed this low-emission towboat using e1 Marine’s patented reformer technology to extract hydrogen from methanol on board to be the industry’s first IMO 2030 compliant long-range towboat. With hydrogen fuel cells driving Berg thrusters from Karl Senner, Hydrogen One will transport barges to port cities on the inland waterways with an operational range of 885 km.

MarineInsight (ioCurrents)
A data analytics platform using artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyse data from vessels to help predict equipment failures, optimise voyages for lower fuel consumption and improve maintenance schedules. Western Towboat has used ioCurrents to eliminate pump failures using this predictive technology.

TRAnsverse tug (Svitzer/Robert Allan Ltd/Sanmar Shipyards)
Svitzer worked with Robert Allan Ltd to design a next-generation multipurpose tug with leading manoeuvring and escort capabilities supporting all types of harbour and terminal towage operations, while reducing fuel consumption. It has an omni-directional hullform and propulsion system enabling safe, swift, and seamless transition between direct and indirect towing modes. Svitzer’s first TRAnsverse tug will begin operations by September 2023.



Vicente Boluda Fos, Chairman, Boluda Corporación Maritima Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award


Awarded to an individual who has made a contribution of outstanding significance to the international tug industry during their lifetime. 



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List of companies represented to date:

To see the live list of delegates names and job titles you will need to be a registered delegate with an online account click here.
If you are unable to access this list, please contact our Data Manager, Ben Thomas - for assistance. 

360 Towage & Salvage
Absolute Marine Towage

Abu Dhabi Marine Services Co. SAFEEN LLC

ACL Shipbrokers
Al Masaood LLC
Alfons Hakans

Astilleros Armon
Banchero Costa & c SpA
Berg Propulsion
BHP Towage Services
BMA Technology
Boluda Towage Belgium

Boluda Towage Deutschland
Boluda Towage Europe

Boluda Towage Spain
Borusan Cat
Bridon Bekaert

Burchett Marine
Bureau Veritas 
Bureau Veritas Marine Netherlands
Campbell Johnston Clark
Carmelo Noli Srl
CC Jensen
Century Marine

Corvus Energy

CPT Towage
Damen Shipyards
DMT Marine Equipment

DSB Offshore 
e1 Marine LLC
Echandia Marine
Elkon Elektrik

Engage Marine

European Tugowner Association
EuroRope Marine
Fairplay Towage Group
Far East Towing Co

Fire Fighting Systems
Force Technology

Folch Ropes

Forth Ports

Group Ocean

Hampidjan Advant 
Hadera Port
Helm Operations

IHI Power Systems Co., Ltd
International Maritime Services
Jason Engineering

Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC
JonRie Intertech
Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime Finland

Kongsberg Maritime Turkey
Kotug International
Kotug Maritime Services Australia

Krisale Shipbrokers A/S

KTK Tugs
Lankhorst Ropes

Leclanche Batteries AS
Maersk Broker
MAN Energy Solutions
Marine Consultant
Markey Machine
Med Marine

Mersin International Port
Multraship Towage & Salvage

Navigator Shipping Consultants
Nederlands Loodswezen
Niigata Power Systems (Europe) 
Njord Marine Management
North West Tug Management

Offhore & Trawl Supply AS

Onsite Alignment
Ostensjo Rederi UK
P&O Maritime Logistics

Pacific Workboats


Peak Flag Sdn Bhd
Pon Power
Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Port of Rotterdam
PortsDirect FZE

Restech Norway

Rimorchiatori Mediterranei 
Rio Maguari Shipyard
Riverside Marine

Robert Allan
Rolls Royce Solutions
Saam Towage
Samson Rope
Scafi Società di Navigazione Spa


Schottel Australia

Schottel Netherland
Seaspan Marine Transportation
Sekavin SA

Sensor Technologies
Smit Lamnalco
Smit Lamnalco Australia

Smit Lamnalco UAE

Sulnorte Servicos Maritimos
Targe Towing
The Workboat Association

Tokyo Kisen Co
Tow Pro Marine Group

Towage Unlimited Group
TOS | Ship Delivery & Crew
Tripmare Spa

UK Chamber of Shipping

UK MoD Ministry of Defence

Ultraguard Antifouling


Voith Group 

Vulkan Benelux
Vulkan Couplings

Wärtsilä Voyage

Wärtsilä Italia
Westports (M) Sdn Bhd

Western Baltic Engineering

Wider Sea

Wilson Sons
WKM Cornelisse
ZF Friedrichshafen
ZF Marine Krimpen 

TUGTECHNOLOGY is only open to registered delegates. No visitors will have access to any part of the event.


Who should attend in 2023:

  • Tug Owners and Operators
  • Tug Builders & Repairers 
  • Classifications societies
  • Industry associations
  • Architects/Designers
  • Port Authorities
  • Investors
  • Technology suppliers
  • Analysts and consultants
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The 2023 live exhibition will again run over the course of 2 days. This is an ideal opportunity to showcase your products and services to an audience of senior technical and commercial executives from across the towage industry.

Your exhibitor package includes the following:

  • Table and 2 chairs
  • Access to electricity
  • Entry on the delegate handbook printed floorplan
  • 1 x free delegate pass. This can be allocated to yourself or a colleague. TUGTECHNOLOGY is only open to registered delegates. No visitors will have access to any part of the event, therefore all exhibition stands must be managed by delegates
  • Free upload of technical white paper on Riviera’s Maritime Knowledge Bank

If you would like further information about this event, please contact:

Sales Enquiries - Indrit Kruja, Brand Manager on or call +44 20 8370 7792
Logistics Enquiries - Louise Smith, Event Manager on or call +44 20 8370 7794
Invoice Enquiries - Simon Richardson, Finance Controller on or call +44 20 8370 7012




Exhibitors confirmed to date:



Avikus Co., Ltd.

Booth Number: 25



Booth Number: 7



Booth Number: 12



BMA Technology

Booth Number: 24



Booth Number: 41



Bureau Veritas

Booth Number: 19





Caterpillar Marine and Oil & Gas

Booth Number: 43



Booth Number: 33



Booth Number: 27



Booth Number: 45



Booth Number: 2


DMT Marine Equipment

Booth Number: 38


DSR Wire Corp

Booth Number: 15



Booth Number: 36



Booth Number: 32


Fire Fighting Systems

Booth Number: 3


Force Technology

Booth Number: 1


Hampidjan Advant

Booth Number: 6


Helm Operations

Booth Number: 10



Booth Number: 9


Jason Engineering AS

Booth Number: 40


JonRie InterTech

Booth Number: 29



Booth Number: 50


KOTUG International

Booth Number: 17



Booth Number: 31



Booth Number: 11


MAN Energy Solutions

Booth Number: 21


Markey Machine

Booth Number: 42


Med Marine

Booth Number: 44



Booth Number: 47


On Site Alignment

Booth Number: 13



Booth Number: 37


Restech Norway

Booth Number: 5


Robert Allan

Booth Number: 20


Samson Rope Technologies

Booth Number: 39


Sanmar Shipyards

Booth Number: 4






Booth Number: 35


Sureline Data Systems

Booth Number: 23


Timken Engineered Marine Solutions

Booth Number: 34


TOS | Ship Delivery & Crew

Booth Number: 30




International Tug & Salvage

Booth Number:



Booth Number: 18


Ultraguard Antifouling

Booth Number: 22



Booth Number: 49


UZMAR Shipbuilding Industry and Trade

Booth Number: 46


Voith Group

Booth Number: 8



Booth Number: 26


Wärtsilä Voyage Ltd

Booth Number: 14


W.K.M Cornelisse B.V.

Booth Number: 28


ZF Marine Krimpen

Booth Number: 48

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Tickets & Venue

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Register below


Delegate registration includes:

• Access to all conference sessions

• Delegate pack containing book of papers

• Invitation to the pre-event drinks reception

• Coffees and refreshments

• Lunches

• Industry dinner at the end of day one, including the 3rd Annual International Tug & Salvage Awards ceremony



If buying two or more delegate tickets please use the promotional code: TUG23-10 to receive a 10% discount. Bookings must be made on the same day for delegates from the same company. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.


TUGTECHNOLOGY is open to registered delegates only. There is no visitor access to any part of the event. 




Registration sponsored by:



TUGTECHNOLOGY industry dinner tickets please contact / +44 20 8370 7792 to check availability.



If you have any payment enquiries, please contact Simon Richardson, Financial Controller, or +44 208370 7012


Enhance your company’s presence

Thinking about speaking, exhibiting or even sponsoring? Complete the short form HERE and a member of our team will get in touch with the options available.


Venue & Accommodation 


Postillion Hotel & Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam
From grain exchange to convention centre: a building with such colourful history and architecture, located in a Rijksmonument (heritage landmark).


Beursplein 3
Meent 110
3011 AA Rotterdam
Venue website


Bedroom reservations:

We will be putting aside a limited number of bedrooms at a preferential rate.  To make a room reservation, please complete this booking form or contact HotelRes, our sole agency partner for this event on +44 (0)330 128 9950 or email To avoid disappointment, we recommend you book without delay.

If you receive approaches from any other agencies, resellers or hotels identifying themselves as a partner, representative or associate for this event, they are not authorised by Riviera Maritime Media Ltd to do so on our behalf and any engagement you have with them is made at your own risk.


Should you receive an unsolicited call or email from an unauthorised party, please obtain their details and contact us immediately at We recommend that you do not provide your personal, company or credit card information unless you are sure as to their legitimacy. Thank you


Hotel facilities:

  • 4-star hotel located in Centrum
  • 168 bedrooms with premium bedding and laptop-friendly workspaces
  • Free Wifi connection in all rooms
  • Off-site parking nearby EUR 35 per day
  • Buffet breakfast available
  • Bar
  • 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and express check-in




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Phone: +44 20 8364 1551

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