Svitzer Australia Awarded Towage Contract for Royal Australian Navy

Monday, 6 September 2021

Svitzer Australia, Australia’s leading towage provider, has been announced as the successful tenderer for a long-term contract to provide towage services for the Department of Defence, servicing the Royal Australian Navy (the Navy).

Svitzer as the winner of the Defence Marine Support Services Package 3 tender, will provide towage services for Australia’s naval fleet, the management of Navy towage assets, and the development of naval personnel training in major ports around Australia.

With over 20 ports nationally, Svitzer supports and promotes local maritime organisations, service providers and local employment.

Svitzer Australia Managing Director Nicolaj Noes said:

“We are honoured to be chosen as the trusted partner to provide essential towage service to the Royal Australian Navy as they undertake the vital role of serving Australia at sea.

“With our network of ports around Australia, fleet capability and experienced crews, we are well placed to provide a safe, reliable and efficient service for the Navy’s operational and strategic needs.

“Our commitment to safety at sea is a core Svitzer value and will underpin the delivery of our towage capability for Defence.

“We look forward to fostering a strong working relationship with Defence providing round-the-clock, responsive support to Navy vessels and personnel as they call at ports around Australia.

“Being part of the local community is central to Svitzer Australia’s role in the ports we operate in, and we look forward to servicing the Navy and investing in our local communities now and into the future.

“As part of our contract, we are committed to providing strong and continued support to our local communities with a focus on Indigenous engagement, leveraging our local supplier network and partnering with defence to provide employment opportunities, enriching the Svitzer workforce and enhancing industry capability.”

As Australia’s largest employer of seafarers, Svitzer Australia provides towage services in over 20 ports around Australia, ensuring a well-connected network of operations.

“By tapping into Svitzer global experience and local presence, we are well positioned to deliver navigation and personnel training as a capability development for navy personnel and providing potential employment opportunities for veterans.”

Svitzer has previously supported Defence as a towage subcontractor in several Australian ports and has a long and proven history in Australia, providing flexible and reliable towage services to the highest industry standards to the Australian Defence maritime community.

Svitzer will commence towage operations for the Navy from 1 October 2021.

For more information, please contact:
Gabrielle Hickson at or on 0419 816 206

Image credit – Australian Government Department of Defence