Svitzer, a global towage provider and subsidiary of Maersk, has announced its expansion to Port of Salvador, Brazil.
The company will deploy two modern and high-powered tugs, the Svitzer Jamil Darian and Svitzer Zoe, in the Port of Salvador. The use of these two tugs will enable the towage operator to perform complex manoeuvres and assist ships of varying sizes in the port.
Additionally, Svitzer has employed a total of 12 crew members who have undergone rigorous training in line with the company’s international standards.
According to Daniel Reedtz Cohen, Managing Director of Svitzer Brazil, the company’s entry into the Port of Salvador and Aratu Port Complexes is an important milestone in its growth strategy for Brazil.
“Brazil continues to grow in its role as a key player in the global trade ecosystem, with resulting increased port activity,” he said.
“Svitzer is dedicated to its role in the supply chain and to servicing customers in the region. With this latest entry into Salvador, we strengthen our coverage on the Brazilian coast and presence in the country.”
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Svitzer’s expansion in Brazil is not limited to the Port of Salvador. The company has also announced a new build programme that includes six new tugs, with the first delivered and put into operation at the Port of Pecem earlier this month.
The new build programme aims to support continued organic growth and expand Svitzer’s coverage on the Brazilian coast in the coming years.
Svitzer has been operating in Brazil since 2015 and has a presence across eight ports in the country.
Last year in November, Svitzer Australia gave notice of a lockout to all harbour towage employees following year-long pay dispute.
The company has been bargaining with the maritime unions for over three years since the agreement expired in 2019.