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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 country is very attractive for us and we are interested in continuing to grow over the long term in this market. Adding operations here enables SAAM Towage to provide the best coverage for our customers in the South Pacific and also to take maximum advantage of its extensive network in the region.”

Meanwhile, the Country Manager for SAAM Towage Chile & Peru, Cristián Cifuentes, spoke about the division’s progress. “We have managed to make important strides thanks to the trust placed in us by our customers. We opened our offices in Callao and, in addition to providing services at Peru’s leading port, we operate at the Port of Matarani and support Miski Mayo’s mining operations at the Port of Bayóvar”, he said.

A few days ago, Gómez and Cifuentes hosted an event with authorities and customers at the San Pedro de Osma Museum as a way of thanking them for this good start in Peru.

At the celebration, the tug Albatros was symbolically christened. The vessel’s godmother is Flor Roncal, Technical Purchasing and Warehouse Supervisor at SAAM Towage, the first woman to join the team in Peru.

The Albatros is a compact, very high-power model designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built by the Sanmar shipyard in Turkey that is well suited for the requirements of the Port of Callao. Featuring azimuth thrusters, it measures 24 meters long and 11 meters in beam and was designed exclusively for harbour maneuvers.

SAAM Towage is the leading provider of towage services in the Americas and the third largest worldwide. With a fleet of more than 180 tugs at 80 ports in the Americas, the company completes over 100,000 maneuvers for around 37,000 vessels per year.