Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority has signed an 10 year agreement with the global towage services provider, Svitzer, to supply two newbuild tugs to operate in Port Said and the Suez Canal. The powerful 70 tonnes bollard pull ASD type tugs, which will facilitate the transit and port operation of larger vessels, will be built specifically to fulfil the agreement. The new craft will be procured, managed and operated by Svitzer, which is part of the AP Moller group. The commencement of the contract is anticipated within the next four months.
Svitzer has been operating in Egypt since 2005, for Egyptian LNG in Idku. Its Egyptian business currently comprises a seven vessel fleet including four ASD tugs, two line boats, and a pilot boat. Nicolai Friis, Managing Director, AMEA, Svitzer, said at the signing ceremony at the end of March this year: “We have a strong and long-standing relation with Egypt, and over the past few years we have invested continuously, as Egypt plays an important role in our expansion as a towage operator in the region.” Friis praised the close working relationship between the Suez Canal Authority and Svitzer’s local team. He promised Svitzer would continue working “relentlessly” to help create the foundations for further regional growth.