A.P. Moller-Maersk’s towage company Svitzer will continue to expand its fleet in Brazil, as it welcomes a fourth tug to its fleet since April. 

The arrival of the Svitzer Monte KT is part of the company’s plan to introduce six new Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs by the end of 2024, with three others already delivered across the ports of Pécem, Paranagua and Santos. 

Arjen Van Dijk, Svitzer’s managing director of the Americas, said: “As we expand our port coverage and increase our ability to deliver sustainable services for customers, we also look forward to further growing our footprint in the country over the next few years. 

“Brazil continues to be one of Svitzer’s main growth markets in the Americas region with two further vessels, equipped with FiFi 1 (firefighting) capabilities to be delivered to Svitzer in Brazil by the second quarter of 2024.” 

The new tug, built in Brazil at the Rio Maguari shipyard, is a Ramparts 2300 series vessel with a top speed of 13 knots and a bollard pull of 70 tonnes and will become the fourth tug operated by Svitzer in Brazil’s largest port, and Latin America’s busiest container hub, in Santos. 

Svitzer’s plans mean that by the end of 2023 it will be operating 20 tugs in eight ports across Brazil, with Salvador, Suape, Vitoria, Rio Grande, Sao Francisco do Sul the other ports included. 

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Daniel Reedtz Cohen, managing director of Svitzer Brazil, said: “We have a very clear strategy in the Brazilian market to strengthen our coverage and deliver safe and reliable services to our customers.  

“With the addition of Svitzer Monte KT to our fleet, we continue to strengthen our ability to deliver high-quality support of global and local ship-operators in Brazil’s logistics ecosystem.” 

The company first announced the deployment of its Svitzer Jamil Darian and Svitzer Zoe at the Port of Salvador in March.