SMS Towage
Knowledge, Power and Speed combined

SMS Towage is proud to be the UK’s largest independent towage company, providing comprehensive harbour towage, offshore towage renewable energy support and other specialist shipping project work.

Our shipmasters and crew are a dedicated group who have a wealth of experience and training in a wide range of towage projects. This ensures that we are the ‘go to’ team for the most challenging requirements.

We are passionate about what we do. We don’t, however, underestimate the risks involved or expertise required in our day-to-day activities. Our carefully controlled safety standards and our exceptional safety record has played a part in ensuring we are true leaders in all UK towage operations.

Our impressive record on rapid turnaround towage projects is due to our strategically positioned fleet. With bases in the Humber, Bristol Channel, Belfast, Portsmouth and Tees our tugs are manned and strategically positioned to minimise response times. We are able to reach the majority of vessels within 30 minutes. After all, we know that our clients cannot always predict when they will require our team’s assistance.

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The full fleet Fully Equipped

Our ASD tugs have the power to take large tankers and bulk carriers to riverside berths and the manoeuvrability to carry out precise work in confined docks. They can take on virtually any challenge both in port or offshore. Details of our fleet below are accurate at time of entry but may be subject to change.


LOA: 27m

Beam: 9.1m

Bollard Pull: 46.5T

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Offshore Towage
Perfectly Positioned All year round

SMS Towage maintains a fleet of strategically positioned vessels in the Humber, Bristol Channel, Belfast, Portsmouth and Tees 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

With vessels standing by to service clients around these homeports, SMS Towage is proud to be on-hand and ready to assist vessels of any size entering or leaving these and other UK ports. Keeping your ships safe keeps our business safe.


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A history of SMS Towage


More than 20 years engaged in deep-sea towage and offshore chartering.

Through our passion and forward-thinking attitude, SMS Towage has always worked to provide an unbeatable service to clients, and will continue to grow on our history of success as we move forward into the next generation of towage services.


Viola Trawler Recovery


Starting a recovery plan.

Following a safe return from South Georgia our survey team 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.


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Contact Us

SMS Towage Limited.

Ocean House, Waterside Park,

Livingstone Road, Hessle, East

Yorkshire, England, HU13 0EG


Humber: +44 (0)1482 350 999

Bristol Channel: +44 (0)1633 920 920

Belfast: +44 (0)28 9018 3333

North East: +44 (0)1642 917777

SMS Towage Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales.
Registration Number: 452 7156 VAT Registration Number: 8166 60719

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A fleet ready and waiting for your offshore and harbour towage