Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Suez Canal Extends Towing Contract After the Ever Given Debacle

Two New Tugs Added to Fleet
Shipping News Feature

EGYPT – The case of the Ever Given revealed a vulnerability, not only in passages through the Suez Canal, but affecting the entire global supply chain. Readers will recall it took six days to shift the container ship wedged twixt the two banks and required the services of over a dozen tugs plus earth working machinery.

Now two brand new +70 tonne bollard pull tugs, delivered from the Cheoy Lee Shipyard for towage provider Svitzer, part of the Maersk empire, will start operations from Q4 2021 operating out of Port Suez by the Red Sea entrance to the canal on behalf of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA). The craft will be manned by all Egyptian crews.

The two new tugs will be an important addition to the existing fleet and will ensure a future-proofed operation that can provide the needed towage services as the volume of world trade and vessels passing through the Canal continue to increase. Nicolai Vinther Friis, Managing Director Svitzer AMEA, commented:

“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. 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.”

Svitzer has been providing towage services in the Suez Canal since late 2019 with the two tugs Svitzer Port Said 1 and Svitzer Port Said 2 operating out of Port Said by the Mediterranean Sea entrance to the canal.

Photo: The Svitzer Port Said 1 in port.