SAAM SMIT Towage receives new tugboat for its fleet in Panama

Santiago, May 9, 2016. SAAM SMIT Towage (SST), joint venture subscribed between SAAM and Royal Boskalis Westminster, which operates in Canada, Mexico Panama and Brazil, received a new tugboat to strengthen its fleet in Panama. “SST Rambala” belongs to the ASD 2913 series and is characterized by being a compact, maneuverable and powerful tugboat, ideal for crowded ports and waterways with limited space, as well as including firefighting capacity.

Built in Rumania by DAMEN shipyard, the new vessel has a length of 29 meters, CAT 3516C 6772 BHP@1800 rpm (total) engines, and an 83 tons bollard pull. It will provide services in Terminal Internacional (MIT).   

“The purchase of SST Rambala is a proactive decision that seeks to prepare our fleet in Panama for the opening of the Canal’s new locks, which is expected to increase the size of the ships docking in the country’s terminals”, explained Marcelo Jullian, CEO of SAAM Smit Towage for Mexico, Canada and Panama.

The CEO was very pleased with the arrival of the new vessel, as “it ensures a high level of service for our customers, as many of them use Panama as their regional hub”, he emphasized.