svitzer tugs assisting ever given

A Svitzer tug assist with the effort to refloat the Ever Given in the Suez Canal. Image courtesy SVITZER

Two Additional Svitzer Tugs to Join Suez Canal Fleet

Mike Schuler
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August 16, 2021

Global towage provider Svitzer has extended its contract with the Suez Canal Authority to include two additional tugs, providing the waterway with additional towing power.

Svitzer has been operating in the Suez Canal since late 2019 with the two tugs Svitzer Port Said 1 and Svitzer Port Said 2, both of which were used in the effort to the refloat the Ever Given, on the Mediterranean entrance to the Canal. Beginning in the fourth quarter, the two new tugs with 70 bollard pull each will begin operating out of Port Suez by the Red Sea entrance.

“The Suez Canal is the world’s most important global trade artery, and I am honoured that the Suez Canal Authority has awarded Svitzer an extension of the existing contract – it is testament of our trusted relationship and much valued collaboration with the SCA,” said Nicolai Vinther Friis, Managing Director Svitzer AMEA. “At Svitzer, we are proud to support the SCA in their vision to render a distinguished and an uninterrupted service to vessels that transit the Suez Canal, thus ensuring efficient global supply chains.”

The two tugs will be delivered from the Cheoy Lee Shipyard in China and manned by Egyptian crews.

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