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    ITS 2006 to be major maritime event in Rotterdam

    News // January 6, 2006

    What is billed as ‘The World’s Biggest Parade of Tugs’ will be staged alongside the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal in April as a spectacular centrepiece of the 19th International Tug & Salvage Convention and Exhibition (ITS 2006).

    In fact, the organisers have applied to the Guinness Book of Records for inclusion of this armada of tugs. Tugs will be on display spanning 130 years of development.

    ITS 2006 is set to break all previous records when it is held at Beurs World Trade Centre in Rotterdam, April 24-28. The tug parade, sponsored by Wartsila, will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 26.

    Dr Karla Peijs, the Dutch Minister of Transport, will officially open ITS 2006. The organisers report that delegate registrations are to date 20 per cent up on previous shows; exhibition space will be 50 per cent larger, and is almost fully booked.

    ITS has been held in Rotterdam once before, 29 years ago in 1977. The event is unusual, perhaps unique, in that at the end of every biennial show the participants are polled on where they would like the next to be staged.

    The tug parade has long been a feature of ITS, but it was not possible to arrange it in Miami in 2004.

    Allan Brunton-Reed, managing director of The ABR Company Ltd., said today: “The Rotterdam event promises to be a record-buster, and we have a great line-up of speakers, with a good mix of practical, technical and legal presentations. ITS is hugely popular because it is unlike any comparable maritime gathering. It offers excellent speakers on towage and salvage topics, there is always lively debate, and plenty of time for networking between delegates and exhibitors. There is almost a festive air but with a serious undertone to the proceedings."

    “Rotterdam was a natural and popular choice for ITS 2006. Not only is it one of the world’s biggest ports, but also home to one of the largest tug and salvage companies and a host of well-known tug operators as well,” he said.

    To date, 75 companies have booked exhibition space. The long list of expert speakers are drawn from the Netherlands, USA, UK, Canada, UAE, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Hong Kong, Australia and Finland. Synopses of the papers can be viewed on

    In addition to the tug parade, other highlights will include a civic reception at the Rotterdam Town Hall, an ITS night club on two nights sponsored by Cummins, and a gala dinner and cabaret at the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal sponsored by Caterpillar.

    The conference and exhibition will finish on Thursday, April 27, and on the final day, Friday, there will be optional tours sponsored by Damen, MARIN, the Port of Rotterdam and Smit International.

    Further information see the web site noted above or e-mail


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