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Svitzer Tugs (Worldwide)

B O O K R E V I E W By: Frank NEYTS

In September 2017 Coastal Shipping Publications published “Svitzer Tugs (Worldwide)”, written by Bernard McCall. The story of Em. Svitzer Bjergningsentreprise (Svitzer) begins in 1833 when Emil Zeuthen Svitzer, a Danish entrepreneur, established a salvage business after noticing many losses occurring on trade routes to and from Denmark. Its business extended to harbor towage in due course. The company has expanded considerably over the past two decades and claims to have 430 vessels working in about 100 different locations throughout the world. Because of the huge size of the Svitzer fleet, Costal Shipping Publications is covering it in two volumes. This first volume, issued in June 2017, looks at the company’s tugs working in the UK and has just been followed by the second volume which covers the tugs working outside the UK. This second volume begins in Denmark, the home of the company, and moves on to the other Scandinavian countries and then northern Europe. The book continues to look at tugs in Canada, the Caribbean, the Far East and finally Australia where Svitzer has gained prominence.

“Svitzer Tugs (Worldwide)” (ISBN 978-1-902953-86-1) is a paperback book, A5 size, of 113 pages, lavishly illustrated. The price is £10.95 plus £1.75 European postage. Ordering via the bookshop, or directly via the publisher, Coastal Shipping, 400 Nore Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8EZ, UK. Tel/Fax: +44(0)1275.846178,, e-mail:



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