Royal Australian Navy has secured towage services for its naval assets through a new contract with Svitzer Australia
Under this contract, Svitzer will provide towage to Australia’s naval fleet, manage Australian Navy towage assets and develop training for naval personnel in key ports around Australia.
Svitzer won the defence marine support services package 3 tender from the Australian Department of Defence. As part of this long-term contract, Svitzer will continue to promote and support Australian and local maritime industries and jobs.
Svitzer said it was the largest employer of Australian seafarers, with a network of assets and services in more than 20 ports.
Svitzer Australia managing director Nicolaj Noes said this network, experienced crews and fleet capabilities means Svitzer is “well placed to provide a safe, reliable and efficient service for the Royal Australian Navy’s operational and strategic needs.”
Svitzer has previously supported the Australian Department of Defence as a towage subcontractor in several Australian ports.
“Our commitment to safety at sea is a core Svitzer value and will underpin the delivery of our towage capability for the Australian Navy,” said Mr Noes.
“We look forward to fostering a strong working relationship with the Department of Defence and to providing round-the-clock, responsive support to Australian Navy vessels and personnel as they call at ports around Australia.
“Being part of the local community is central to Svitzer Australia’s role in the ports we operate in, and we look forward to servicing the Australian Navy and investing in our local communities now and into the future,” Mr Noes said.
Svitzer will commence towage operations for the Australian Navy 1 October 2021.
“As part of our contract, we are committed to providing strong and continued support to our local communities with a focus on indigenous engagement, leveraging our local supplier network and partnering with Department of Defence to provide employment opportunities, enriching the Svitzer workforce and enhancing industry capability,” said Mr Noes.
“By tapping into Svitzer’s global experience and local presence, we are well-positioned to deliver navigation and personnel training, which will develop the capabilities of Navy personnel and provide potential employment opportunities for veterans.”