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Environment Month: SAAM Shared Best Practices for the Planet

Employees from the 14 countries where the company operates participated in a webinar on SVTI’s experience controlling truck idling and SAAM Towage Colombia’s carbon neutrality efforts.   Santiago, June 24, 2022 | As part of Environment Month activities, SAAM organized...

SAAM Towage Chile Receives New Tug for its Operations in Chile

June 2022. SAAM Towage received a new tug in Valparaiso, the Mataquito II, which passed its seaworthiness testing in Turkey, supervised by the crew that will operate it. SAAM Towage Technical Manager Pablo Cáceres explained that “this tug allows safe...

SAAM Towage welcomes new Tug for Canadian operations

May 2022. SAAM Towage continues to fortify its fleet. Its latest acquisition is a new tug, the SAAM James Point, that arrived in Vancouver, Canada after completing its loading operation onto the cargo ship BBC Moonstone in Halong Bay, Vietnam. SAAM...

SAAM reaches agreement to acquire Starnav tugboats in Brazil

The purchase, valued at US$150 million, is a new step in the company's strategy to lead the process of expanding its operations and represents one of the most important transactions in its history.   Santiago, May 06, 2022 | SAAM...

SAAM Towage Agrees to Purchase Ian Taylor Towage Business in Peru

April 27, 2022. SAAM Towage reported that it has signed an agreement with Ian Taylor to acquire the company's towage operations in Peru, which currently provides services with four tugs at the ports of Callao and Paita. “This agreement, just...

SAAM Towage Chile Prepares to Receive New Tug with the Highest Operating Standards

April 2022. SAAM Towage Chile will soon receive a new tug, the Mataquito II, which already passed its seaworthiness testing in Turkey, the last step before being commissioned. The Deputy Maintenance Manager for SAAM Towage Chile and members of its new...

SAAM Towage strengthens its leadership in Canada

British Columbia, April 6, 2022. SAAM Towage Canada announces the acquisition of Standard Towing Ltd. and Davies Tugboat Ltd. Both companies provide Harbour, Shipdocking and Towage services on the West Coast of Canada.  The acquisition contributes to SAAM Towage’s drive...

SAAM Towage Celebrates First Anniversary in Peru and Christens New Tug Albatros

SAAM Towage joined customers and authorities to celebrate the first anniversary of its operations in Peru and christen the Albatros, the sixth tug to join its fleet in that country.   SAAM Towage Managing Director Hernán Gómez explained that “this...

SAAM Towage Adds New Tug to Chilean Fleet

The state-of-the-art vessel arrived from Turkey to strengthen the company’s services in Chile.   Valparaiso, March 9, 2022. SAAM Towage continues to expand its fleet, this time in Chile. A new tug docked in Valparaíso and is getting ready to...

SAAM Towage Brazil Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Brazil, February 16, 2022. SAAM Towage Brazil achieved a 13% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in 2021, compared to the base year in 2017, making strides towards increasingly sustainable operations. According to the Country Manager of SAAM Towage...

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

Agreement with Coast Tsimshian Enterprises Ltd. covers access to education, training, employment and towing services.   Vancouver, February 10, 2022 SAAM Towage Canada and Coast Tsimshian Enterprises Ltd. are proud to announce the signing of a strategic alliance agreement. This...

SAAM Towage to Receive High-Tech Tug for its Fleet in Chile

The vessel already set sail from Tuzla, Turkey, on a 50-day journey to Valparaíso. Tuzla, Turkey, January 14, 2022. SAAM Towage continues to build up its fleet in the Americas, this time with a new, state-of-the-art tug that will provide...

SAAM Towage Colombia Achieves Carbon Neutrality at its Largest Operation

The company offset 100% of its emissions with forestry projects. Cartagena (Colombia), January 6, 2022. The Country Manager of SAAM Towage Colombia, Joao Paulo Marins, described the company’s PAS 2060 carbon neutrality certification and ISO 14061-1 assurance of greenhouse gases (GHG)...

SAAM Towage makes progress on quality management standards

SAAM Towage Chile renewed its ISO 9001:2015 certification, and SAAM Towage Peru passed certification for the first time.   Santiago, December 28, 2021. SAAM Towage Chile and SAAM Towage Peru passed the Lloyd’s Register audit to recertify the operations of the...

SAAM Innovation Challenge closes with three winning projects

SAAM employees submitted a hundred ideas to the Imagine 2030 Initiative.   Santiago, December 15, 2021. More than a hundred projects were submitted to the SAAM Innovation Challenge, Imagine 2030, an internal contest that aims to gather the best employee...

For energy megaproject: Port of Acajutla Welcomes Two SAAM Towage Tugs

The two vessels are part of the first project to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) to El Salvador and will provide services at a terminal operated by Energía del Pacífico.   El Salvador, November 2021. A ceremony took place at the...

SAAM Pushes Forward with its Commitment to Sustainability

The company retained its place on the DJSI Chile, where it is the only constituent from the transportation industry, and it will also continue on the MILA Pacific Alliance Select.   Santiago, November 16, 2021. SAAM  -a company of which...

SAAM Towage Closes Commercial Agreement with Caterpillar Marine

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...

SAAM Towage Closes Collaboration Agreement with Panama Maritime Authority to Strengthen the Work of Seafarers

Joint efforts look to guarantee skill and training standards, in line with domestic and international regulations.   Panama, October 14, 2021. SAAM Towage signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP). This agreement looks to strengthen the...

SAAM Towage Joins Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators

London, October 2021. SAAM Towage, a leading provider of towage services, officially joined the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO). This international body was established for the exchange of technical information and experience, between members of the...

SAAM Towage Receives International Certification for Service Quality Management

The certification in question is ISO 9001: 2015, which standardizes quality control systems in organizations.   Panama, September 2021. SAAM Towage Panama received the international certification ISO 9001: 2015, which validates the procedures and quality of its harbour towage services....

SAAM Towage Tugs Flagged and Given Green Light to Operate in El Salvador

El Salvador, September 4, 2021. At a flagging ceremony held at the Port of Acajutla led by El Salvador’s Maritime Port Authority, the tugs SAAM Acaxual and SAAM Centzunat were registered under that country's national emblems, giving the green light for them to...

SAAM Receives Cutting Edge Tug to Reinforce its Services in Panama

Turkey, August 23, 2021. Sanmar Shipyards has already delivered SAAM Towage’s new tug, which will join the company’s fleet in Panama, where it has positioned itself as the main supplier of towage services along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The...

SAAM Towage Costa Rica Recognized for Environmental Management

The award was given by the 2020 Blue Ecological Flag Program in the Climate Change category.   Costa Rica, July 2021. SAAM Towage Costa Rica was awarded one white and one silver star in the Climate Change category from the...

SAAM Towage Welcomes Second Tug for its Operations in Peru

Port of Callao, June 14, 2021. SAAM Towage received a new tug for providing services in Peru. The vessel—the Albatros—was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built by the Sanmar shipyard. It is well suited for the requirements of the...

SAAM Towage Canada Honored for Participating in Environmental Program

The accolade in question is the Blue Circle Award, created by the Port of Vancouver to spotlight members of the local port community that join the program.   Vancouver, June 2021. SAAM Towage Canada was one of 19 companies honored...

SAAM Towage Welcomes New High-Performance Tug to its Fleet

Turkey, April 2021 In Turkey SAAM Towage received a new high-performance tug that will provide services at the port of Callao in Peru: the Albatros. The vessel is a compact, but very high-power, model designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and...

SAAM Towage Tugs Already Reached the Port of Acajutla

The Rastar 3200W are already in El Salvador to provide services at the Energía del Pacífico LNG terminal, following a 40-day journey across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Panama Canal.   Acajutla, El Salvador, April 21, 2021. The tugs...

SAAM Towage Begins Operating in Peru

The Managing Director of SAAM Towage, Hernán Gómez, celebrated the launch of operations in Peru, which will continue to strengthen the company’s position in the Americas. “We are taking the first steps at the Port of Callao, which lets us...

SAAM Towage Prepares to Receive Two New Tugs for El Salvador

The Rastar 3200W vessels will set sail for the Americas from the port of Izmit in the next few days. Featuring a state-of-the-art design, they will provide services for the Energía del Pacífico LNG terminal.   Istanbul, March 9, 2021....

SAAM closes acquisition of 70% of Intertug

After closing this deal, valued at US$ 49,7 million, SAAM begins towage operations in Colombia and expand its operations in the Mexican and Central American markets.   Santiago, January 29, 2021. SAAM, a company providing port, logistics and towage services...

SAAM reaffirms commitment to Ecuador by adding two new tugs to operations

This weekend the SAAM Tarqui arrived in Guayaquil to join the Ecuadorian fleet. Another tug is due to arrive in the second quarter.   Guayaquil, January 25, 2021. SAAM Tarqui, the new tug that will join SAAM Towage's fleet, arrived...

SAAM Towage Receives Quantification and Reduction Seals from Huella Chile

The company is the first tug operator in the country to receive seals from Huella Chile. Also, this year it stands out for emitting 3 thousand fewer tons of Co2 into the environment, representing a decrease of 15.09% in greenhouse...

SAAM Towage Assisted APL Paris, the Largest Container Ship Operating in Brazil

Itajaí, Brazil, June 17, 2020. Three SAAM Towage tugs assisted the APL Paris, the largest container ship operating in Brazil. The vessel belongs to CMA CGM and docked yesterday in Portonave, at the Itajaí Port Complex. SAAM Towage's Country Manager...

SAAM Towage and UZMAR Shipyard Sign Agreement to Build Two New Tugs

The vessels will be key for the Energía del Pacífico (EDP) project in El Salvador. Istanbul, March 09, 2020.  SAAM Towage signed a contract with Turkish shipyard UZMAR Shipyards to begin construction on two new tugs. The vessels will provide...

SAAM Towage Canada transports new electric ferries for final testing

Vancouver, february 24th, 2020. SAAM Towage Canada performed a special service transporting BC Ferries’ first two electric hybrid ferries from Ogden Point to Point Hope Maritime, where inspection and final testing will be conducted. Scheduled to begin operating mid-year, the...

SAAM receives new tug boat for its operations in Panama

Panama City, February 5, 2020. The SAAM Valparaíso, the new tug boat in the SAAM Towage fleet, will soon serve the Colón and Manzanillo ports in Panama. “We chose this ship for its great power and versatility. Its smaller length...

SAAM Agrees to Acquire 70% of Intertug, a towage operator in Colombia, Mexico and Central America

Thanks to this deal, SAAM enters the Colombian towage market, consolidates its presence in Central America and expands operations in Mexico. Santiago, January 16, 2020. Sociedad Matriz SAAM S.A., through its subsidiary SAAM S.A., signed an agreement with the shareholders...

SAAM Huasteca Already Sailing Towards Veracruz

SAAM Towage’s new tug, a DAMEN ASD2813, has already left the Vietnamese shipyard Damen Song Cam en route to Mexico, where it will provide services at the port of Veracruz. Halong Bay (Vietnam), January 8, 2020. The SAAM Huasteca, the...

SAAM Towage to Enter El Salvador with Energía del Pacífico and Reinforce its Presence in Central America

Santiago, December 26, 2019. The Managing Director of SAAM Towage, Felipe Rioja, celebrated the company’s upcoming launch in the new market: El Salvador. “We will provide services for the Energía del Pacífico (EDP) project at the Port of Acajutla, which...

SAAM Towage Welcomes New Itzá Tug at Guatemala’s Puerto Quetzal

The vessel arrived from Eregli, Turkey, and will provide services at the ports of Quetzal and San José. Santiago, december 23, 2019. The state-of-the-art tug SAAM Itzá was welcomed to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. The CEO of SAAM Towage in Guatemala,...

SAAM consolidates its leadership in towage in the Americas

The company closed on its purchase of Boskalis’s stake in their joint operations in Brazil, Mexico, Panama and Canada. At closing, total cash consideration was US$ 194 million. SAAM operates 152 vessels in nine countries in the Americas under a...

SAAM Towage to add a new tug to its Veracruz fleet

The SAAM Huasteca will cover towage requirements for the port’s new northern terminal. It uses an ASD Tug 2813 design and was purchased from the Damen Song Cam shipyard owned by the Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands. September 24,...

Four Ecuaestibas tugs assist with berthing of large hospital ship in Ecuador

Puerto de Manta, June 28, 2019. Four tugs from Ecuaestibas—a subsidiary of SAAM Towage, located in Ecuador—traveled from different terminals around the country to participate in an extraordinary maneuver, assisting with the arrival of the US Navy hospital ship, USNS Comfort,...

SAAM purchases tug from Med Marine to reinforce fleet in Guatemala

Santiago, May 31, 2019. SAAM signed an agreement with the Turkish shipyard Med Marine to buy the high-tech tug SAAM Itza in order to reinforce its fleet at the Guatemalan port of Quetzal. The new tug, which is in the final...

SAAM’s new tug will support propane gas export operations in Canada

Ridley Island, Canada, May 28, 2019. At a ceremony today, the first Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET) in Canada was inaugurated and SAAM’s new tug, the Tsmishian Warrior, was christened. The tug will provide services at the terminal, which is...

New tug for Saam Smit Towage en route to Canada

Santiago, February 28, 2019. Currently en route to Prince Rupert, British Columbia (Canada), the SST Tsimshian Warrior, SAAM SMIT Towage’s newest tug, will be the first in its fleet with IMO Tier III emissions certification. The tug left the Turkish shipyard...

SAAM signs deal to acquire all operations jointly controlled with Boskalis for us$ 201 million

Santiago, February 11th, 2019. Sociedad Matriz SAAM S.A. signed a deal with Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis), the parent company of SMIT, to acquire its interest in the two joint operations they formed in 2014 for their towage business in...

SAAM tug SST Orca begins operating at port of Vancouver

Along with the SST Grizzly, both built at Cheoy Lee Shipyards in Hong Kong, the SST Orca is one of the largest and most powerful tugs in western Canada, measuring 32 meters in length and 12.80 meters in beam and...