Boluda Towage has stationed two powerful tugs in Rostock, Germany following requests from shipping companies using this growing strategic port
Boluda said it commenced towage activities in the port with two tugs, including V B Bremen tractor tug, which is driven by Voith-Schneider propellers and has 60 tonnes of bollard pull, from the beginning of September 2021. It was already acquainted with Rostock as Boluda Towage has a track record of numerous one-off towing jobs, manoeuvring ships, pontoons and windfarm components into and out of the port.
Boluda Towage executive vice president Vicente Boluda Ceballos said adding these tugs in Rostock was part of the company’s strategy to strengthen and further expand in northwest Europe and the Baltic Sea region.
“The Boluda Towage flag will be a permanent presence in the Baltic Sea,” said Mr Boluda Ceballos. “This supports the expansion strategy of Boluda Towage’s towing service in northern Europe, in line with various strategic acquisitions recently closed by the company.”
Boluda Towage focused its growth investment in the Baltic, German and Polish markets after it acquired Dutch company Iskes Towage & Salvage in February 2021.
With the start-up of Rostock operations, Boluda Towage demonstrated its commitment and adaptability to follow its customers’ businesses into new locations. It intends to support further growth and development in the Port of Rostock in co-operation with local authorities and other stakeholders.
Boluda Towage said it would be able to scale up the required tug capacity depending on the needs and requests of customers in this port. It will employ crew members from around Rostock and in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern area to provide towage services.
Boluda Towage already operates in 78 ports, with a fleet of more than 300 tugboats, in 20 countries in Europe, west Africa, Americas and the Indian Ocean.
The group also provides offshore and ocean towage and salvage operations.
Vicente Boluda Ceballos was appointed chairman of the European Tugowners Association this month, taking over the position from Alfons Häkans head of health, safety, security, environment and quality Capt Kimmo Lehto.