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Monthly Featured MSPC Member: Tug Malta Ltd

Date: 09/12/2013

Tug Malta, established in October 1980, provides a variety of harbour towage services and offshore support services to contracting industries whether operating in the oil and gas, salvage, environmental and pollution control amongst other activities. Tug Malta Limited boasts of decades of safety performance record, trained and experienced crew and management and a modern and versatile fleet. Over the years Tug Malta has established itself as a leader in its field of port services and as a worthy and credible niche player in the Mediterranean offshore segment.

Over the years Tug Malta has expanded from just 3 tug boats and operating only within the Grand Harbour to a larger, more modern and powerful fleet of 8 tug boats capable of carrying a vast variety of towage and support services in the central Mediterranean and North Africa. In January 2008, Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group became Tug Malta’s sole shareholder. This acquisition heralded Tug Malta to other important milestones in its history. Amongst these were the acquisitions of newly built tugs, the emergence into the off-shore sector and the commercial and technical knowhow it acquired. The Company is also a proud member of the International Salvage Union (ISU) and an active member of the European Tug Owners’ Association (ETA).

Today Tug Malta provides the following services:

Harbour towage

Tug Malta Limited provides a range of competitive harbour services to various global shipping lines, assisting vessels of all types and sizes including the latest generation of container vessels calling at Marsaxlokk Harbour.  At the port of Marsaxlokk, Tug Malta also services tankers calling at the Oil Tanking Storage Terminal. At the Grand Harbour, the Company assists vessels carrying conventional and bulk cargo.

Services include:

•Docking and undocking
• Standby and safety services

Offshore towage and salvage

Tug Malta provides towage and related services to the offshore oil and gas industry particularly in the central Mediterranean and North Africa.  Offshore marine services include amongst others:

  • Rig moves and support
  • Support to FPSOs
  • Barge towage
  • Assistance during heavy lift operations

Environmental protection and pollution containment

Tug Malta is also contracted by the Transport Authority to provide the requested emergency services as part of its Pollution and Incidence Response Unit to maintain and operate its offshore Oil Response Equipment including pollution containment booms, surface skimmers, pumps and more.

This including transport, handling and operating the equipment to be deployed for oil pollution response in the internal and territorial waters of Malta.

With a duty to protect the environment, Tug Malta is up-to-date with the latest pollution control techniques and participates in the annual full-scale oil pollution response exercise organised by the Authority in collaboration with the European Maritime Safety Agency

Other services

Tug Malta also offers services in the fields of training and technical marine support services.

We provide training to tug crews to allow the company’s own seaborne personnel and third party tug masters, other mariners and engineers to experience and practice on the Company’s ASD and Voith Schneider tugs in real-life operations.

  • Training covers
  • Tug handling
  • Escorting tugs
  • Bridge resource management
  • Vessel handling in port
  • Emergency situations

In cooperation with the Malta Maritime Pilots Cooperative customers can also be provided with interactive simulator training as a foundation to hands-on experience

Offering years of experience and knowhow, the company's technical services centre can offer a second to none range of repairs and maintenance services. Combining well maintained equipment and other hardware with an experienced and highly trained nucleus of people, the Centre draws strength from long years of knowhow servicing the Company’s own fleet and those of other customers. The Centre provides mechanical, electrical and other technical solutions.

With an emphasis on customer satisfaction, Tug Malta’s Quality Management Systems have been under constant assessment since 1999 by Bureau Veritas Quality International and comply with the latest ISO standard, 9001:2000.

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