The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) is adding two additional tugs to service the Suez Canal following an extension of its contract with Svitzer.
Svitzer, a global towage provider, started operating in the Suez Canal in late 2019 with the two tugs Svitzer Port Said 1 and Svitzer Port Said 2, providing towage services to the SCA out of Port Said.
In December 2021, the two tugs were joined by sister vessels Svitzer Suez 1 and Svitzer Suez 2.
From the end May 2022, two additional tugs will join the fleet in the Suez Canal. One will operate out of Port Said and one out of Port Suez.
Turkish tugboat builder Med Marine will deliver the two vessels, both RAstar 2800 75 tonnes bollard pull tugs with firefighting capabilities and escort notation, designed by Robert Allan Ltd.
Nicolai Vinther Friis, Managing Director Svitzer AMEA commented: “We have had a close and strong collaboration and relationship with the SCA since 2019 based on mutual trust and respect, as well as a desire to offer the best services to the thousands of vessels passing through the Suez Canal every year.
“I am equally happy and grateful that the SCA has awarded Svitzer yet another extension of the existing towage services contract and I look forward to continuing our close partnership with the SCA.”
With the newest additions to the fleet, Svitzer will operate six vessels in the Suez Canal employing 120 Egyptian seafarers.