PB Towage Australia, the harbour towage division of PB Towage, and BOLUDA Towage & Salvage have signed a cooperation agreement that will see the companies submit joint bids for upcoming Australian LNG terminal tug contracts.
PB Towage Australia has achieved considerable growth since entering the Australian harbour towage market in 2007, now providing high quality, competitive towage services in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Townsville and Onslow with ancillary marine operations in Fremantle and Bunbury.
Boluda Towage and Salvage is the core business of Boluda Corporación Marítima. Its main activity, harbor towage, is essential to port efficiency where Boluda counts with an undeniable worldwide leadership position. Being a century old, Boluda Towage and Salvage operates more than 200 tugs in 54 ports and terminals in Europe, Africa, Indian Ocean and the Americas. Boluda has more than 30 years of experience offering service to gas terminals and currently presents 125,000 services/year, 60,000 manoeuvres/year and 1,800,000,000 GT’S moved. Boluda Towage and Salvage also provides coastal and offshore towing services, as well as sea rescue.
PB Towage Group Managing Director, Charlie Kocherla, welcomes the initiative, saying: “PB Towage recognises Boluda’s international strength and reputation in the specialist field of terminal towage operations. We are convinced the combination of their experience in the Oil & Gas terminal support areas and our local knowledge will afford the Australian LNG terminal industry a high quality option, consistent with our commitment to innovation, communication and customer service”.
Chief Executive Officer of BOLUDA France, Denis Monserand expands: “We are excited about the opportunity to bring the Boluda brand to the burgeoning Australian LNG market, extending our good track record in this sector to the Australasian area. PB Towage, with its fresh competitive approach, exceptional safety record and proven industrial capability, are the perfect local partner and we look forward to working closely with them.”
Source: PacificBasin, July 16, 2012