For 190 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.
Svitzer is established as a pioneering salvage company.
Svitzer buys its first professional diving equipment.
Svitzer salvages a steamship from the bottom of a Swedish lake and rebuilds it into Svitzer’s first steam engine salvage vessel.
Svitzer enters the towage business.
Svitzer gains recognition with its expertise as it continues to assist vessels in distress during turbulent times of war.
Svitzer is chosen by the UN to handle the Suez Canal clearance operation.
Svitzer builds an 11,000 hp and 110 bp vessel – one of the most powerful anchor handling tugs for offshore work at the time.
The Maersk Group becomes majority shareholder and acquires Svitzer.
Svitzer begins its geographical expansion.
The acquisition of the Wijsmiller’s operation added 140 vessels in more than 20 countries worldwide, cementing Svitzer’s position in global towage.
The acquisition of Adsteam Marine added 150 tugs plus barages, workboats in Australiasia and the UK, effectively continuing to expand Svitzer’s footprint.
Svitzer sets a revolutionary environmental standard with the launch of the ECOtug.
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.