SAAM TOWAGE CANADA – Your local Tug Service Provider

Jul 22, 2022

As a local premier tug service provider in the major ports along Canada’s west coast, SAAM Towage Canada is well positioned to deliver tug services beyond expectations to the local clients and stakeholders here on the west coast of British Columbia. 

The company locally operates the largest, most powerful ship assist and escort tug fleet on the west coast and is part of SAAM Towage, the number one ship assists and escort tug provider in the Americas. Leveraging local relationships, expert local crews, and advanced fleet with its global presence, SAAM Towage Canada is excited to serve the British Columbia market. 

“We pride ourselves on our local crews,” says Captain Mark Bingham, Vice President of Operations, SAAM Towage Canada. “Part of our responsibility is to protect this coast, and that is reflected in our people who all have a vested interest in protecting our coast and our communities.” 

Combining a strong history of over 75 years in British Columbia, SAAM Towage provides harbour towage and tanker escort services with 26 dedicated tugboats. Services are provided in the Ports of Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Stewart, Squamish, Vancouver, Port Mellon, Port McNeill, and the Fraser River.  

The history of SAAM Towage can be traced back to Rivtow Marine, Tiger Tugz, and Westminster Tugboats. Rivtow was itself the amalgamation of many British Columbia towing companies dating back over 75 years. Many employees have been with the company for decades and, as such, the company is deeply engrained in British Columbia’s local marine industry. The company has a long history operating throughout the west coast of North America, including Juan de Fuca, Georgia Strait, West Coast of Vancouver Island, Vancouver Harbour, and Johnstone Strait.

The versatile fleet is made up of tugs ranging from 5T to 84T Bollard Pull, capable of servicing all ship sizes. Ship berthing services commenced in Vancouver in the mid 1990’s and further expanded in 2010 by providing East Point Escorts, and the company executes close to 10,000 tug moves annually in British Columbia. 

Saam Towage Canada is honoured to conduct their business within the Traditional Territories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, specifically the Coast Salish and Coast Tsimshian Peoples of the West Coast. They are committed to developing and maintaining meaningful, respectful relationships with the communities whose territories they operate within and strive to align their values with all of the communities in which they serve; a role they take very seriously to ensure the ongoing protection of B.C.’s pristine coastline.  

“Our values are deeply aligned with the values of our Indigenous communities in terms of honouring and protecting B.C.’s waters, employing local people, and supporting our economy,” says Captain Bingham.

In addition to their recently announced joint venture with Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla Nations in Prince Rupert, SAAM Towage Canada works closely with the Squamish and Musqueam Nations and many of the company’s services in the Lower Mainland are within these Nations’ Traditional Territories. Through ongoing and sustainable Indigenous Relations, SAAM Towage Canada is committed to the reconciliation process and supporting the Calls to Action contained in the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report.