On March 13th 2020 the FAIRPLAY TOWAGE Group has been awarded the license to operate harbour tugs in the port Las Palmas / Gran Canary und extended its operational area now into Spanish waters for the first time.
„We are confident, that this expansion into Spanish waters will be appreciated by our international clients. The preparation and the necessary documentation of our application under Spanish rules was quite challenging. The conditions to be met are considerably higher compared to other jurisdictions in Europe, however our FAIRPLAY-Team and legal consultants handled all aspects of the licensing process very focused and professional”, says Walter Collet M.D. and Speaker of FAIRPLAY TOWAGE Group.
“Our tugs all named after landmarks on the Canary Islands already performed the first assistances in the Port of Las Palmas. The fleet currently consists of four modern tugs under Spanish flag manned by Spanish sailors under a local Spanish contract. This setup allows us to offer to our clients an attractive and competitive package for harbour towage and for the first time clients have a choice in the Port of Las Palmas. Currently the license Conditions for the surrounding waters at Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura are under review. Once the conditions have been published FAIRPLAY
TOWAGE Group will comply with such conditions in order to work in the entire Canary Islands region. At the same time we are of course monitoring the developments on the Spanish mainland”, Mr. Collet adds.
The FAIRPLAY TOWAGE Group activities are handled by the Spanish outfit ODIEL TOWAGE S.L.U. . The office located in Las Palmas is also coordinating the local harbour towage operations.
The FAIRPLAY TOWAGE Group is operating a fleet of more than 100 tugs and ranks among the leading European Tugowners headquartered in Germany with branches in Poland, Belgium, Netherlands and Bulgaria. After the successful takeover of the German BUGSIER Group in 2017 FAIRPLAY TOWAGE Group is also a leading O & G Service Provider in the North Sea and the Baltic. The Group also operates several Oil Recovery ships and the Emergency Towing Vessels (ETV) in Germany and the Netherlands as part of the European Coastal Protection Scheme.