Svitzer Completes Tug Series Delivery in Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro – 07 May 2024 – Svitzer, a leading global towage provider, has today announced the successful delivery of Svitzer Babitonga, the final tug in a series of six sister vessels from the 2300 Rampart Series. The delivery strengthens its fleet serving Brazil’s dynamic maritime industry. The completion of this milestone project underscores Svitzer’s commitment to delivering safe and sustainable towage services along Brazil’s coastline. 

Named after Babitonga Bay in Sao Francisco, where Svitzer commenced its Brazilian operations in 2015, Svitzer Babitonga carries a special significance for the company. Built by Brazilian shipyard Rio Maguari, Svitzer Babitonga is an Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugboat from the 2300 Rampart Series. These sister vessels boast a top speed of 13 knots, an overall length of 23.2 meters, and a bollard pull of 70 tonnes. Svitzer Babitonga is also equipped with Fifi-1 firefighting capabilities.  

“This tug series is purpose-built to support vital local operations, where it will play a crucial role in assisting with harbour towage along the Brazilian coast and in supporting LNG operations,” said Arjen Van Dijk, Managing Director for Svitzer Americas. “I want to thank Rio Maguari for delivering a series of high quality and reliable vessels, and all our colleagues, onshore and onboard the vessels for delivering a reliable service to our customers every day and for contributing to jointly growing our portfolio in Brazil.” 

The tugs’ Fifi-1 capabilities ensure they are well-equipped for supporting Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) operations, reinforcing Svitzer’s role in safeguarding the Brazilian coast as the country’s energy landscape evolves.  

“The delivery of the Svitzer Babitonga marks an important milestone in concluding the program of six newbuilds as a way to support our continuous growth journey in Brazil,” said Daniel Reedtz Cohen, Managing Director Svitzer Brazil. “With the delivery of these tugs, Svitzer concludes a comprehensive tugboat program aimed at supporting port infrastructure and towage in the region.”  

Svitzer currently operates 22 tugs, including the two vessels added to the fleet in 2024, from eight ports across Brazil – Salvador, Suape, Pecem, Santos, Vitoria, Rio Grande, Sao Francisco do Sul, and Paranagua.  

As a leading global towage provider, Svitzer combines its wide reach and experience with in-depth regional and local knowledge to benefit its customers in Brazil and ensure they receive services of the highest standard. The delivery of the Svitzer Babitonga reaffirms Svitzer’s dedication to delivering reliable, sustainable, and safe marine services in Brazil and beyond.  

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About Svitzer  

As a leading, global towage and marine services provider, Svitzer’s core business is to assist large seaborne vessels in manoeuvring in and out of ports and terminals to berth and unberth. With more than 450 vessels, Svitzer’s services play a crucial role as part of critical port infrastructure. Svitzer was founded in 1833 and serves approximately 2,000 customers in more than 140 ports and 40 terminals across 37 countries. Read more on www.svitzer.com.

 
For further information, please contact:  

Nick Orsmond
BLUE Communications 
T: +44 77 825 55456
E: [email protected]

Anders Crillesen 
Svitzer Communications 
T: +45 277 912 86 
E: [email protected]

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