Tug Smit Rotterdam

The oceangoing tugs Smit Rotterdam and Smit London are the apotheosis of the rich Dutch towage history. Enthusiasts agree that these sister ships are the most iconic Dutch tugs. After so many superlatives, BFT1250.nl could not ignore the inclusion of producing these ships for our collection.


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History Smit Rotterdam / Smit London

Many shipping enthusiasts will endorse the following: the sister ships Smit Rotterdam and the Smit London are the most iconic Dutch tugs ever built. For a long time these tugboats were the strongest in the world, accounting together for 44,000 hp! When ships and oil rigs became larger and larger in the 1970s there was a growing need for stronger tugs. This new generation of tugboats made the previous generations, such as the Elbe seem void.

Smit International and shipyard De Merwede offered the Dutch queen Juliana at the christening of the Smit Rotterdam on December 6, 1974 a check of 100,000 guilders, intended for the two Dutch rescue companies (KNZHRM & KZHMRS) that existed 150 years at that time. The Smit London was christened in London on October 8, 1975 by ‘Lady Mayoress’ H. Fox of the city of London. Often the ships cooperated at sea, for example in the heroic salvage of a Russian dock at the North Pole in 1980.

The Smit Rotterdam and Smit London had a revolutionary layout with the ships engines and bridge in the middle of the hull. The sister ships were built at De Merwede shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam and were equipped with TM410 engines of 11,000 hp each specially developed by Stork-Werkspoor. After their period with Smit / SmitWijs the ships were sold to Svitzer. The ships were scrapped in respectively 2013 and 2014.


The ocean going tugboat Smit Rotterdam is a fantastic addition to your model collection.


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