Our History


Our history and milestones

With strong roots dating back to 1939, our legacy has been built upon an unwavering commitment to safe and efficient operations in every community where we operate.

+25-year trajectory
7 ports
  • 2024

    Start of operations of the company’s first two electric tugboats in the Port of Vancouver, Canada.

  • 2022

    SAAM Towage Canada has expanded its coverage to Port Moody and Port McNeil.

  • 2022

    Agreement with Teck and Neptune for the construction of the first two electric tugs in the SAAM Towage fleet.

    Acquisition of the tugboat operations of Standard Towing and Davies Tugboats.

  • 2022

    SAAM Towage Canada signs historic agreement to form a strategic alliance with Coast Tsimshian Enterprises Ltd.

  • 2019

    SAAM acquires Boskalis shares in the joint venture and SAAM Towage Canada is born

  • 2014

    Joint venture between SAAM Smit and Boskalis is established

  • 2000

    Smit International acquires Rivtow from the Cosulich family

  • 1997

    Tiger Tugz launches and begins providing ship assist services in Vancouver.

  • 1976

    Rivtow acquires majority interest in Westminster tug boat company, West Tug.

  • 1971

    Armour Salvage and Towing is acquired and we begin providing ship assist services in Prince Rupert

  • 1970

    River Towing Company Ltd. merges with Straits Towing.

  • 1939

    Captain Bob Cosulich forms River Towing Company Ltd.