Svitzer Australia, Australia’s leading towage provider, has been announced as the successful tenderer for a long-term contract to provide towage services for the Department of Defence, servicing the Royal Australian Navy. With over 20 ports nationally, Svitzer supports and promotes local maritime organisations, service providers and local employment. Svitzer as the winner of the Defence Marine Support Services Package 3 tender, will provide towage services for Australia’s naval fleet, the management of Navy towage assets, and the development of naval personnel training in major ports around Australia. Svitzer will commence towage operations for the Navy from 1 October 2021.
Svitzer Australia Managing Director Nicolaj Noes said: “We are honoured to be chosen as the trusted partner to provide essential towage service to the Royal Australian Navy as they undertake the vital role of serving Australia at sea. With our network of ports around Australia, fleet capability and experienced crews, we are well placed to provide a safe, reliable and efficient service for the Navy’s operational and strategic needs. Our commitment to safety at sea is a core Svitzer value and will underpin the delivery of our towage capability for Defence.”
Svitzer was founded in 1833 and has a fleet of over 400 tugs, line handlers and other vessels. The company provides harbour and terminal towage services in over 100 ports and 20 oil and gas terminals across the globe. As Australia’s largest employer of seafarers, Svitzer Australia provides towage services in over 20 ports around Australia, ensuring a well-connected network of operations. Svitzer has previously supported Defence as a towage subcontractor in several Australian ports and has a long and proven history in Australia, providing flexible and reliable towage services to the highest industry standards to the Australian Defence maritime community.