Boskalis and KOTUG Forming Harbor Towage Joint Venture

Dutch marine services provider Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and KOTUG International B.V., a leading harbor towage company also based in the Netherlands, have agreed to merge their European harbor towage businesses. The two companies on Monday announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a 50/50 joint venture that will combine the European harbor … [Read more...]

Boskalis and SAAM Joint Ventures Begin 100-Vessel Americas Harbor Towing Ops

Dutch maritime services company Royal Boskalis Westminster and SAAM have announced the successful creation of a joint harbor towage operation consisting of 100 tugboats within North and South America. The partnership, which is between SMIT - a Boskalis subsidiary, and SAAM was previously announced in September 2013. The combined companies will operate two JVs under the … [Read more...]

MV Smart Stern Refloated and Sunk Off South Africa [PHOTOS]

Salvors working to remove the MV Smart shipwreck in Richards Bay, South Africa successfully refloated the stern section of the broken capesize bulk carrier before towing it out to sea where it was sunk. A salvage team made up of South African-based Subtech Group and SMIT Amandla Marine said this week that the stern section was successfully refloated by the 181 ton bollard … [Read more...]

Bulk Carrier Kiani Satu Runs Aground Off South Africa [IMAGES]

South Africa's National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has reported that as of 1002 local time, all 19 crew members from the bulk carrier Kiani Satu are safe after being airlifted from their stricken vessel. The 165-meter bulk carrier was transporting a cargo of rice from Cape Town to Gabon Hong Kong to Ghana when it encountered engine troubles along the southern shore of South … [Read more...]

SMIT and SAAM Form Towing Joint Venture

SMIT and Sudamericana Agencias Aereas y Maritimas (SAAM) are teaming up in a joint harbor towing operation that will involve two joint ventures and the combined operation of 96 tugs in ports from Canada to Brazil. Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., the parent company of SMIT, announced the partnership Thursday, saying that Boskalis has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with … [Read more...]