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This partnership will help boost the efficiency of its tug fleet through planned and preventative maintenance.


Texas, October 29, 2021. SAAM Towage and Caterpillar Marine signed a global services agreement that will help boost the efficiency of the fleet of tugs operated by the leading towage services provider in the Americas. This will be accomplished using digital solutions for planned and preventative maintenance.

According to SAAM’s Technical Manager, Pablo Cáceres, “This partnership will let us continue to focus on providing safe, efficient and more environmentally friendly services. It will also strengthen our digital transformation strategy. We are happy to have such an important partner, which will be key to optimizing our maintenance and operational support processes.”

The agreement calls for ongoing review of more than 200 Cat engines, backed by an expert team from Caterpillar. In addition, SAAM Towage will benefit from technical support through fleet management services and other new technologies to generate continuous improvements.

Global Services Manager for Caterpillar Marine, Steven Tibbetts, commented, “We are proud to contribute to SAAM Towage’s sustainability, growth and performance. We have worked together for some years now and this agreement is yet another opportunity to supply them with knowledge that boosts their operating and administrative performance.”

SAAM Towage is a global leader in towage services with operations in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Panama, El Salvador and Uruguay.

It has more than 170 tugs at 84 ports in the Americas and completes over 100,000 maneuvers for around 37,000 vessels per year. These services include berthing and unberthing services for ships; assistance, salvage and towage for barges and civil construction projects; specialized services for vessels at off-shore terminals and anchoring oil and gas platforms.