More global expansion for Svitzer
Another example of consolidation and the forming of working arrangements between tug owners and operators has been reported with news that Svitzer and Rebosado are to cooperate with port towage provision in Portugal.
Svitzer states the new arrangement will ‘significantly increase’ its capacity in towage services as a result of combining the operational profile of tugs from both Rebosado (Reboques do Sado) and Svitzer. The agreement is to service Rebosado’s towage customers and to time charter the Rebosado fleet, enabling Svitzer to offer an enhanced multiport cover in Portugal.
Svitzer operate in Lisbon, Sines and Portimäo and because of this agreement will increase its capacity in Setubal from two to nine tugs. The arrangement became effective from September this year and sees an increase in the Svitzer-controlled fleet in Portugal by seven vessels bringing the total fleet to 15 tugs. Svitzer state the increased fleet will ensure operational efficiencies to the benefit of customers and stakeholders alike in Portugal.
Mr Manoel Ferreira, founder of Rebosado stated: ‘We have worked with Svitzer for many years and welcome this opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Svitzer while ensuring high service levels for our customers, employment for our crews and the continuation of the Rebosado fleet in Setubal.’
On behalf of Svitzer, managing director (Europe) Friis Nilaus said: ‘By expanding our operations into Setubal, Svitzer can now offer comprehensive port cover for the main ports in southern Portugal, thereby providing our customers with a better service. Utilising both the Svitzer and Rebosado fleet we can increase the reliability and efficiency of our Portuguese operation. We are looking forward to working with Rebosado’s customers in Setubal and will do our utmost to ensure they continue receiving the high service level they are used to.’
By Peter Barker
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