Boluda Towage has expanded its services into four new ports in Mexico with the addition of two newbuild tugs
The world’s second-largest tug owner has purchased two 32 m harbour tugs, to be named VB Galante and VB Gallardo, to provide towage services in growing ports and oil terminals on Mexico’s west coast.
The presence of the tugs should enhance tanker safety using expanding oil terminals and ferries using two regional ports in Mexico.
The addition of two new tugs to the fleet follows the award of a port service contract to Boluda Towage subsidiary Pacific Maritime Co to provide towage in four ports in the state of Baja, Southern California.
Boluda Towage’s tugs will operate in the ports of Pichilingue and La Paz, as well as in oil terminals operated by Mexico’s state energy group Pemex and located in the ports of San Juan de La Costa and Punta Prieta.
These tugs were purchased from Damen Shipyards in November during a contract signing ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Damen builds tugs for its own stock in shipyards worldwide and then sells these to towage companies, enabling swift delivery after contract awards.
This contract with Boluda Towage was signed by representatives from both companies including Damen Shipyards chairman Kommer Damen, Boluda Towage chief executive Antonio Bordils and Boluda Mexico general director Jorge Roseti.
Addition of these tugs and port services will increase maritime safety in oil tanker traffic supplying fuel to the Mexican state of Baja Southern California. It will also improve safety in ferry traffic from Mazatlan and Topolobampo crossing the Gulf of California on the Mexican Pacific coast.
These contracts make Boluda Towage the largest provider of tug services in Mexico. The group operates in the principal Mexican ports, such as:
Boluda Towage Mexico operates 32 tugs, plus three port service vessels and these two Damen newbuildings on order. These are operated by subsidiaries – Compañía Marítima del Pacífico (CMP), Compañía Marítima Mexicana (CMM), Servicios Marítimos de Baja California (SMBC) and Pacific Maritime Co.