The Australian Department of Defence has announced Svitzer Australia as the winner of the Defence Marine Support Services Package 3 tender.

Under the long-term contract, the company will provide essential towage services to the Royal Australian Navy.

The company will also provide navy towage assets management and the development of naval workforce training in major ports within Australia.

The towage operations for the Royal Australian Navy are scheduled to commence from next month.

Svitzer Australia managing director Nicolaj Noes said: “We are honoured to be chosen as the trusted partner to provide essential towage services to the Royal Australian Navy as they undertake their vital duty to serve Australia at sea.

“With our network of ports around Australia, fleet capability and experienced crews, we are well placed to provide a safe, reliable and efficient service for the Navy’s operational and strategic needs.”

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“Being part of the local community is central to Svitzer Australia’s role in the ports we operate in, and we look forward to servicing the Navy and investing in our local communities now and into the future.”

The company will focus on local engagement, using local supplier network and partnering with Australian defence to create more job opportunities.

Svitzer had earlier been supporting the Australian Defence industry as a towage subcontractor in several local ports.

The Australian firm claims that it has a network of more than 20 national ports and is the largest employer of Australian seafarers.