Our History


Our history and milestones

With strong roots where we operate, we are not only a company with a history but also a company with a strong commitment and principles that guide our approach to safety, people, tugboats, and efficient solutions.

20-year trajectory
14 ports
  • 2022

    SAAM Towage Brazil has expanded its coverage to Belém port, Pará State and Imbituba, Santa Catarina State.

  • 2020

    SAAM Towage expands its coverage and starts operations at the Port of Mucuripe (Fortaleza).

  • 2019

    SAAM acquires Boskalis’s stake in the joint venture and SAAM Towage Brasil is born.

  • 2017

    SAAM expands our coverage in Brazil and starts to operate at the ports of Vila do Conde and Pecém.

  • 2014

    SAAM (Tugbrasil’s owner) and Boskalis (SMIT’s owner) form a joint venture SAAM Smit and expand coverage to the ports of Itajaí & Navegantes, Salvador, and Santana.

  • 2011

    Smit Rebras starts to operate at the Port of Rio Grande.

  • 2009

    We begin operations at Vitoria (Vitoria, Tubarao & Praia Mole) port complex and Angra dos Reis, launching the first terminal contract with Petrobras.

  • 2007

    Smit acquires the Brazilian company Rebras Rebocadores do Brasil and operates under the name of SMIT REBRAS. This same year we start operations at the Port of Santos.

  • 2005

    Tugbrasil, of the SAAM group, acquires the Brazilian company Metalnave.

  • 2002

    The Brazilian company Rebras Rebocadores do Brasil begins operating in Brazil.