SMS Towage celebrates the Englishman that rose from the harbour to start a long tugboat line.

The remarkable story of the Englishman tugboat family is into its 10th chapter. The tale has so far spanned 127 years of misadventure at sea, the courage of crews in peace and wartime and the workaday rhythms of UK ports. Especially those on the Humber, where various tugs called Englishman have provided vital services dealing […]

Training : Belfast Crews ‘Rescued’ in Training Exercise

On the 26th of April our Belfast crews were joined in a joint training exercise by members of the Lagen Search & Rescue (LSAR) team. In conjunction with crews from tugs Masterman & Merchantman, the volunteer crews of LSAR conducted two exercises. The first exercise was the recovery of the tug’s man overboard dummy from […]

Press Release : 11th Englishman powers Humber ‘big boys’ into port

Humber tugboat operator SMS Towage has drawn on heritage for the naming of a £3.5m addition to its fleet. The new Englishman, small, compact and powerful, is the 11th Humber tug to bear the title, in a tradition stretching back to the 19th century. Built at the Sanmar yard on the edge of Istanbul to […]

Press Release : New tug to Belfast in business boost for SMS Towage

SMS Towage has taken delivery of another tug for its Belfast operations, bringing the overall investment in the Northern Irish city to over £9m. The Turkish-built ASD Merchantman is sister tug to the ASD Masterman, which started in the city in 2013. Together they form the most modern fleet of omni-directional tugs in Belfast Harbour, […]

Special Project : Bring ‘Viola’ Home – part 3

A lot has happened since our last posting on this. The results from the feasibility study, carried out by Beverley-based Solis Marine, were very encouraging. Using all the data provided from our own inspection of Viola in South Georgia and that from the original salvage team, Solis were able to outline options for her return […]

Offshore Towage : Barge UR6 Stavanger to Rotterdam

SMS Towage’s 50tbp harbour/offshore tug “Englishman” sailed from Immingham on the 22nd May 2015 to collect the Ugland Barge “UR6″ from the picturesque Steinsvik (Stavanger) and tow her to the port of Rotterdam. The 300 x 90ft barge (4,066 grt) was mobilising for her next charter in ballast condition. Weather conditions were forecast to gradually […]

Press Release : SMS Towage takes lead in national push for workboat safety

SMS Towage is spearheading an industry drive to create a new national workboat safety standard. The Hessle-based business is helping to implement the Maritime Coastguard Agency-approved Voluntary Towage Endorsement Scheme with the National Workboat Association (NWA). It has started to rollout the new scheme that leads to a recognised ship assist qualification meeting the strict […]

Special Project : Bring ‘Viola’ Home – part 2

Following a safe return from South Georgia our survey team consisting of Tim Broughton and Lyle Craigie-Halkett were able to compile their survey report, which is presently under review by John Simpson and Naval Architect Rosalind Spink from Solis Marine of Beverley. The survey team were pleasantly surprised with the overall condition of the vessel. […]

Offshore Towage : Barge Dymchurch to Tyne, Newcastle

SMS Towage’s 50tbp harbour/offshore tug “Welshman” sailed from Immingham on the 13th of December 2014 to collect the Stema Barge 2 from the South East coast of the UK and tow her to Newcastle, River Tyne. The 135 x 42m barge (5m draft / 31,510 dwt) had completed operations offshore Dymchurch and was anchored approx […]

Offshore Towage : Product Tanker Humber to Rotterdam

SMS Towage’s 50tbp tug “Englishman” was chartered on the 01st of December 2014 to perform the towage of a 16,500 mt product tanker from the mouth of the Humber Estuary to the port of Rotterdam. The Immingham based harbour/offshore tug with her dedicated crew were able to respond at short notice to come to the […]