Svitzer takes on Brazilian towage operator

Marine safety and support company, Svitzer has acquired a controlling stake in Brazilian harbour towage operator Transmar Serviços Maritimos and will now offer towage services in the South American country
Svitzer takes on Brazilian towage operator

According to Svitzer, the acquisition represents the first step for the company into the Brazilian towage market and is part of its strategic objective of growing in emerging markets.

“Brazilian towage market features sizeable pockets of underserved demand and it has the potential for growth and productivity improvements in both, the harbour towage and terminal towage segments. Our Brazilian division, soon to be renamed Svitzer Brazil, will establish a significant footprint in this emerging market, which is a testament of our confidence in this country and its untapped opportunities”, says Martin Helweg, managing director of Svitzer Americas.

Transmar Servicos Maritimos operates in two ports and two Oil Basins, and has a fleet of 10 vessels and 74 employees. The head-office is in Rio de Janeiro and Transmar provides maritime support services to harbour and offshore clients along the entire Brazilian coast.

“Our ambition is to provide an outstanding high level of professional service and dedication to our clients; Joining forces with the biggest and best maritime service provider in the world, makes this a reality”, says Tarik Darian, operations director of Transmar.

“This acquisition is a clear step towards Svitzer’s strategic objective of growing in new markets. Partnering with Transmar Servicos Maritimos combines strong local experience and knowledge with Svitzer’s expertise of reliable and safe global towage services”, says Robert Uggla, CEO of Svitzer. Svitzer Brazil will be managed by Managing Director Dan Estebanez whom has many years of experience from various different positions within the Maersk group


by Laura Stackhouse Editor

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