History

For more than 188 years, Svitzer has been providing customised marine services to clients worldwide

Dating back almost two centuries

With roots stretching back nearly two centuries, we’re not only a company with a history, but a company with a strong heritage.

Part of that heritage is a distinct set of principles passed down from our company’s founder that guide our focus on safety, people, vessels and solutions.

These principles have helped us become a company that our customers value for our safety, reliability, local content and focus on doing business in a sustainable manner.

1833

Svitzer is established as a pioneering salvage company.

1842

Svitzer buys its first professional diving equipment.

1860

Svitzer salvages a steamship from the bottom of a Swedish lake and rebuilds it into Svitzer’s first steam engine salvage vessel.

1870

Svitzer enters the towage business.

1914-1970

Svitzer gains recognition with its expertise as it continues to assist vessels in distress during turbulent times of war.

1956

Svitzer is chosen by the UN to handle the Suez Canal clearance operation.

1978

Svitzer builds an 11,000 hp and 110 bp vessel – one of the most powerful anchor handling tugs for offshore work at the time.

1979

The Maersk Group becomes majority shareholder and acquires Svitzer.

1999

Svitzer begins its geographical expansion.

2001

The acquisition of the Wijsmiller’s operation added 140 vessels in more than 20 countries worldwide, cementing Svitzer’s position in global towage.

2007

The acquisition of Adsteam Marine added 150 tugs plus barages, workboats in Australiasia and the UK, effectively continuing to expand Svitzer’s footprint.

2012

Svitzer sets a revolutionary environmental standard with the launch of the ECOtug.

2017

Svitzer enters collaboration with Rolls Royce in the high-level research and development of systems for remote operation for vessels to enhance existing systems and to develop new ones that improve safety, efficiency and reliability in maritime operations.

Europe

Regional Commercial Team
Mattias Hellström
Regional CCO
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Americas

Regional Commercial Team
Ralph Franjul
Regional CCO
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Australia

Regional Commercial Team
Ivan Spanjic
Regional CCO
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AMEA

Regional Commercial Team
Pankaj Kankan
Regional CCO
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