Svitzer Starts Building Moroccan Fleet

The Tanger Med Port. Image Courtesy: TMSA

Svitzer, part of the Maersk Group, has ordered four ASD tugs from Sanmar Shipyards to service the recently awarded TMSA, Tanger Med 2 Port contract in the Kingdom of Morocco.

As reported earlier, Svitzer won a 20-year concession to provide terminal towage services to the Tanger Med 2. The contract has been valued at several hundred million USD, Svitzer said, and calls for a total of nine vessels by the end of the concession.

The four newbuildings will be 90 tonnes bollard pull RAstar 2900 SX terminal tugs with escort ability and accommodation space for eight crew members.

The delivery is expected to take place in the autumn of 2018 and will service APMT’s concession for container terminal services to the port of Tanger Med 2 for a minimum period of 20 years.

The Tanger Med port complex is located on Africa’s northwest coast near the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea on the Strait of Gibraltar and is the second-busiest container port on the African continent.

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