A pair of new contract wins is helping Maersk’s towage services arm Svitzer strengthen operations in Africa.
Svitzer announced Tuesday it recently signed a five-year contract with Nacala Logistics in Mozambique for harbor towage, occasional pilot transfer and potential salvage work in the Port of Nacala. At the same time, Svitzer also secured a five-year extension of its current contract with Egyptian LNG assisting the land-based Idku liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant with four tugs, two mooring boats and one pilot boat.
Nicolai Vinther Friis, Managing Director of the AMEA region for Svitzer, commented: “We see great potential and opportunities on the African continent and I am therefore very pleased that we succeeded in securing the contracts with Nacala Logistics and Egyptian LNG. We have had close collaboration and strong relations with both Nacala Logistics and Egyptian LNG and the contracts are of great strategic importance to us and will support our efforts and ambitions to further strengthen our presence and operations on the continent.”
Last year, Svitzer secured a 10-year contract, its second in Egypt, with Suez Canal Authority and managed to do a quick turnaround with start-up within nine months of contract signing.
Svitzer said it will invest in the local communities it operates in by providing training and professional development for members of the local workforce.
“We understand that with size and scale comes responsibility; responsibility to all those we engage with, especially our employees and customers. We therefore go to great lengths to ensure that our operations bring jobs and long-term prosperity to the communities in which we operate,” Friis added.
On the African continent, Svitzer is now operating in Egypt, Angola, Morocco, Liberia and Mozambique.