Fairplay now largest towage provider in Polish ports

CENTAUR-IIRotterdam-based Fairplay BV, a company in the Hamburg-based Fairplay Towage Group, has completed the take-over of the Polish towage provider WUZ Shipping and Port Services Gdynia Co. Ltd., previously owned by the Port Authority of Gdynia.

WUZ was established in the early 1930's and today is involved in a number of maritime activities such as harbor-and coastal-towages, mooring services as well as operation of pilot-boats in the Port of Gdynia. WUZ operates nine tugboats including two modern ASD twinscrew tugs of 45 t bollard pull each.The WUZ fleet also includes two pontoons, two mooring boats and a pilot tender.

Fairplay Towage Group started its activities in Poland in 2003 by acquiring the then defunct Porta Zegluga (today Project Zegluga) in Szczecin followed in 2008 by the purchase of Port-Hol in Swinoujscie. Recently Fairplay integrated its towage activites in Szczecin and Swinoujscie as well as on the River Odra between both ports as Fairplay Polska. Project Zegluga acts as a crewing agent and technical manager for Fairplay and for external customers
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With the take-over of WUZ, Fairplay Towage is the prime towage provider in Polish ports. WUZ employees have been told that no dramatic changes will be implemented other than integrating WUZ into Fairplay's European network.

With the take-over of WUZ, the Fairplay owned fleet now includes considerably more than 40 tugboats.

September 16, 2011

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