Boluda Towage Europe’s Germany division has been awarded a contract by the German Federal Waterways Authorities (WSV) to perform rescue services in the Baltic Sea.
The contract, which came into effect on 5 March 2021, will run for two years and will be renewable for up to three years, the company said in a statement.
It said it will deploy the ‘Bremen Fighter’, the most powerful vessel in its tugboat fleet, with a 104-ton bollard pull. The vessel is currently sailing to the Port of Sassnitz on the island of Rugen, from where any emergency rescue operations can be launched after sea state monitoring.
From the second half of 2021, the Bremen Fighter will display the official coast guard colours, with a commitment to protecting maritime safety in the eastern Baltic Sea, under the command of German Federal Waterway Authorities.
Boluda Corporación Marítima CEO Vicente Boluda Fos has welcomed the fact that “for the first time, the Boluda flag will be a permanent presence in the Baltic Sea“.
This concession supports the internationalization process of Boluda Towage’s towing service in northern Europe, in line with various strategic acquisitions closed by the company.
In 2017 the German company Urag; in 2019, the Dutch company Kotug Smit Towage, enabling the company to operate in the main ports of Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Belgium, and February last the Dutch company Iskes Towage & Salvage, opening access to new ports in Germany and the Netherlands and internationalization of the towing service in Portugal.