JANUARY 29, 2016— Saam Smit Towage (SST), a joint venture between SAAM and Royal Boskalis and operating in various locations in the Americas, recently took delivery of the SST Capilano, a new 65-bollard ton tugboat.
With the SST Capilano, Saam Smit Towage now operates 21 tugboats serving seven ports in British Columbia. The tug is named after Chief Joe Capilano, a renowned historic leader of the Squamish First Nation. Chief Capilano was an early champion of First Nations’ rights at the turn of the 20th Century.
The new tugboat is 22 meters long and will deliver 65 tons Bollard Pull. The SST Capilano is part of the renewal plan of the Canadian fleet, which includes the recent addition of two existing modern tugboats and the construction of two new tugboats at ABD Shipyard in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
“We are excited to welcome the SST Capilano into our fleet. As the first new built tug to be delivered under the Saam Smit Joint Venture, we know she will excel in Port Metro Vancouver and provide reliable service to our customers and stakeholders”, said Frans Tjallingii, President of Saam Smit Canada. The new tugboat will help the Saam Smit Towage fleet meet the higher power requirements driven by increasing ship sizes of their clients as well as meet increased safety standards.