Svitzer inks global services deal with Caterpillar

Svitzer serves 34 terminals and 120 ports in the Americas, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East (credit: Caterpillar Marine) Svitzer serves 34 terminals and 120 ports in the Americas, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East (credit: Caterpillar Marine)

Svitzer, the leading tug operator, signed a Global Services Agreement with Caterpillar on 17 November. The lifecycle agreement is designed to increase vessel up-time and drive service efficiency, and will include coverage for more than 100 Svitzer tugs powered by Cat Marine engines.

Svitzer is the world’s largest tug operator, providing towage and sustainable marine solutions to customers in over 30 countries across four regions.

A focused Caterpillar team working with the global Caterpillar dealer network will execute the terms of the contract.

“Our relationship with Svitzer has been maintained for numerous decades, and the signing of this agreement is the next evolution in our cooperation,” said Michael Braun, Tug and Dredge segment manager for Caterpillar Marine. “It is our aim to deliver the highest service excellence with a consistent service experience to Svitzer across their global fleet. With our expertise in marine engines and digital capabilities, we will provide Svitzer with greater insight into their operations — insight they can use to optimize fuel use, predict service events, and improve overall vessel uptime.”

“At Svitzer, we are constantly seeking to improve our ability to deliver reliable and cost-efficient services to our customers. The lifecycle agreement supports our global technical and maintenance strategy, by offering a strong foundation for our preventive maintenance, planned maintenance and periodical overhaul activities for all Cat main engines onboard our vessels. As a global company it is important to us and to our customers that we can always expect the same consistent high level of maintenance service, no matter where in the world we operate, and we welcome this sort of collaboration,” said Ingrid Uppelschoten Snelderwaard, Svitzer’s newly appointed global COO.

With towage operations serving 34 terminals and 120 ports in the Americas, Australia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Svitzer currently works with 27 Cat dealers globally to perform maintenance and repair services.

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