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Kotug to pioneer drone technology in tug operations

Thursday, 04 Jan 2018

Netherlands-based Kotug is the first tugboat operator to use drones for safer operations and has applied for a patent covering this new technology.

The new drone technology aims to increase safety of operations

In the Kotug system, drones will be used to deliver a messenger line to a predetermined location on an assisted vessel, using object recognition software. This will mean that tugboats and their crews will no longer be required to manoeuvre under the bows of assisted vessels in the so-called danger zone. Small mistakes can lead to crew injuries and damage to assets.
Now, instead of picking up the heaving line of the assisted ship manually from a position in front of and close to its bow, the messenger line of the tug will be taken to the assisted ship in a controlled manner. This will allow tug boats to sail beside assisted ships, rather than in front of them.
A series of tests will be carried out by Kotug to test this new technology for which standard operating procedures will be developed in conjunction with relevant authorities and stakeholders, the company said in a statement.