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Our strategic joint ventures provide harbor towage services in more than 90 ports.

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SMIT provides emergency response, salvage, wreck removal and environmental care services across the globe at a moment’s notice. We respond 24/7 from our four strategic Emergency Response centers in Rotterdam, Houston, Cape Town and Singapore. We also provide harbor towage in around 90 ports in 36 countries through strategic joint ventures, as well as a full range of terminal services. Services Towage Towage We provide harbor towage in some 90 ports in 35 countries through strategic joint ventures, as well as a full range of terminal services. Read more Salvage Salvage 24/7 response. Salvage, wreck removal and environmental care is what we do. Read more Our history Our history – maritime heritage dating back 175 years In 1842 Fop Smit started providing vessels with a safe and reliable passage into the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The fleet gradually grew and upon Fop's death in 1866, SMIT operated six tugs. From these humble beginnings we have consistently built on and added to our knowledge and experience. In 2010, SMIT became part of Royal Boskalis Westminster. Together, SMIT and Boskalis focus on servicing clients in the Ports and Energy market, optimizing our combined knowledge, strength and expertise. Go to company profile What sets us apart Global Coverage Global Coverage SMIT provides 24/7 global coverage. SMIT has an unrivalled, worldwide network consisting of the offices and floating equipment of our parent company Boskalis - our towage operations (present in 90 ports around the world) and established agents. Read more A team built around your needs A team built around your needs SMIT Salvage has the resources to build a team around the challenges you face. In adddition to our skilled salvage professionals, you can also rely on in-house experts from a wide range of disciplines to form a specialist team around your needs. Read more Guaranteed 24/7 response worldwide Guaranteed 24/7 response worldwide Operating out of four strategically located response centers in Rotterdam, Cape Town, Houston and Singapore and supported by our extensive global network, we guarantee 24/7 response world wide. Read more 175 years of experience 175 years of experience We pride ourselfs of having had the privilege of serving the marine industry for over 175 years, providing rapid, reliable and tailored solutions. Read more

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SMIT Salvage is one of the largest salvage companies in the world. The SMIT name is synonymous with many of the most challenging and complex salvage operations that have taken place over the last century. Emergency response SMIT’s salvage teams are on call 24/7 from four strategic emergency response centers located in different time zones along the world’s main shipping routes. Wreck removal SMIT’s vast experience includes many of the most complex wreck removal projects of the past decades. This, combined with the resources of Boskalis, means that we get jobs done safely and efficiently. Environmental care SMIT’s salvage teams have the expertise to deliver a full range of services from firefighting to deepwater oil recovery, and the disposal of hazardous cargoes from grounded ships. Preparedness and prevention Mitigate potential losses by using our Preparedness & Prevention Contracts. Our salvage solutions SMIT Salvage maintains expert personnel and specialized equipment in a state of round-the-clock readiness to respond to incidents anywhere in the world. Emergency response Wreck removal Environmental care Preparedness and prevention What sets us apart Global Coverage Global Coverage SMIT provides 24/7 global coverage. SMIT has an unrivalled, worldwide network consisting of the offices and floating equipment of our parent company Boskalis - our towage operations (present in 90 ports around the world) and established agents. Read more A team built around your needs A team built around your needs SMIT Salvage has the resources to build a team around the challenges you face. In adddition to our skilled salvage professionals, you can also rely on in-house experts from a wide range of disciplines to form a specialist team around your needs. Read more Guaranteed 24/7 response worldwide Guaranteed 24/7 response worldwide Operating out of four strategically located response centers in Rotterdam, Cape Town, Houston and Singapore and supported by our extensive global network, we guarantee 24/7 response world wide. Read more 175 years of experience 175 years of experience We pride ourselfs of having had the privilege of serving the marine industry for over 175 years, providing rapid, reliable and tailored solutions. Read more Keppel Smit Towage Our harbor towage partner in Far East and Southeast Asia. Kotug Smit Towage Our joint venture in northwestern Europe. Saam Smit Towage Our harbor towage partner within the American continent. Harbor towage We provide the vital link between ship and berth. Experienced crews on board our combined state-of-the-art fleet, assist thousands of ships in the world’s most prominent ports every year. We have a sound track record keeping up with the latest developments in national and international quality, safety and environmental standards. Keppel Smit Towage Kotug Smit Towage Saam Smit Towage

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Equipment

SMIT has a wide variety of specialized salvage equipment held for immediate deployment at its strategically located Emergency Response Centers in Rotterdam, Houston, Cape Town and Singapore. The equipment is airmobile and meticulously maintained so it is ready at a moment’s notice for deployment anywhere in the world. With decades of salvage experience our equipment has often been tailored over the years to suit specific tasks such as our patented cutting wire. These dedicated, precision tools enable salvage jobs to be carried out safely, quickly and efficiently by our experienced teams. Given SMIT’s considerable storage capacity, we are also able to perform several major operations simultaneously. Major salvage equipment items include: Submersible pumps of all sizes Generator sets Welding and cutting sets for both above and underwater Various sized decompression chambers (Lloyds certified) Hydraulic/diesel driven winches Inert gas generators Zodiacs/boats/launches Side scan sonar, hot-spot, video and photo cameras Wreck grabs Hot-tap systems up to 8 inches, including heavy oil transfer pumps with water injections incorporated Pollution Recovery systems (POLREC) Steam generators, coils, hoses Anti-oil pollution equipment (booms, skimmers) Diving sets, equipment, control systems Communications sets Fire-fighting units (including COBRA) Rigging and patching equipment SMIT’s patented cutting wire Dyneema wires of various sizes Chain pullers Equipment sheets Chainpuller Download English (1 MB) Fifi Unit Download English (1 MB) Smitbarge 1 Download English (2 MB) HDW1 Download English (219 KB) HDW1 Download english Salvage equipment Specialized salvage equipment prepared and ready for action at a moment’s notice. Boskalis fleet and equipment In addition to our own salvage equipment, we can call on the vast resources of our parent company Boskalis to operate as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. View our fleet

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Projects

SMIT’s experts are active all over the world, using innovative technology and state-of-the-art equipment to make sure all salvage projects are carried out safely and sustainably. No challenge is too large or too complex. We have a vast fleet of dedicated vessels and specialist equipment available and experienced salvage experts in every discipline. Project highlights Salvage of the Maersk Honam On 6 March 2018, a major fire broke out in one of the forward cargo holds of Maersk Honam, a 2017-built Ultra Large Container Vessel with a capacity of 15,262 TEU. At the time that the fire broke out, the vessel was in the Arabian Sea at approximately 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman and on its way from Singapore to Suez with a cargo of 8,000 containers. Read more Cabrera wreck removal On Christmas eve 2016, the cargo vessel Cabrera had grounded on the rocks of the Greek island of Andros. The Vessel broke into pieces and sunk to a depth of 34 meters. SMIT Salvage and its Greek partner Megatugs of Piraeus immediately removed the oil from the Vessel and recovered a part of the cargo. Read more Oil and wreck removal JBB de Rong 19 In September 2017, dredger JBB DE RONG 19 collided with a tanker in the Singapore straits. After the collision, the dredger capsized and was partially submerged. SMIT Salvage was contracted for the initial response to recover any pollutant material as well as for the complete wreck and debris removal. Read more

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Managing Marine Emergencies course

The four-day Managing Marine Emergencies (MME) Course provides a unique chance to meet the salvage experts – the people that have really been at the sharp end in averting maritime disasters. It is designed to identify and assess those vital 'first response' actions needed to safeguard crew, ship, cargo, the environment and the reputation of your company in a marine emergency situation. Special attention is devoted to the fundamentals of crisis management and teamwork, including contracting, insurance, legal matters, dealing with the media, fast decision-making, setting priorities and liaising efficiently between the parties involved. In short, the aim is to demonstrate how to prevent a crisis turning into a catastrophe. Four days which could save your ship and your company’s reputation During the four days, participants will be given the essential skills and procedures necessary to control a shipboard emergency, pending the arrival of professional salvage assistance.The main objective is to ensure that participants gain a deeper insight into measures necessary to respond swiftly and effectively during the initial phase of a casualty event. Hands-on, real scenarios All lecturers and instructors have extensive experience in responding to major shipping casualties. The course has a high level of practical content; from the use of a simulator during a refloating scenario to a media response exercise involving experienced, international journalists. Making scenarios as realistic as possible is key. You could find yourself negotiating a claim’s settlement, or you are a salvor trying to convince an owner of the best way forward if their ship is to be saved, or you could be a CEO facing a barrage of questions from journalists keen to get an exciting headline. The course is designed to be interactive and for sure, sometimes, you may be out of your comfort zone. Networking  SMIT’s MME Course provides a wonderful chance to build your international professional network. Often more than 10 nationalities participate. And because the scenarios are made as close to reality as possible, it can be a very intense experience for everyone. You bond and work closely as a team during the day, and then interesting events, excellent dinners and boat tours are organized for the evening for those who wish to participate. This gives people a chance to absorb all the information and exchange ideas.   Who should attend? SMIT’s MME Course is suitable for a broad range of maritime related professionals and regularly attracts ships’ officers and shore-based management staff. But the course is also valuable to Classification Societies, Marine Insurers, P&I Club Managers, Port Authorities and Coast Guard personnel amongst others. The course is conducted in English and class size is limited to a maximum of 24 participants to give everyone vital hands-on experience. Download brochure Location The MME Course takes place twice a year at the SMIT headquarters in Papendrecht, the Netherlands . For the participants, SMIT Salvage has selected a four-star hotel in the vicinity of our offices. Contact details Register for the next course Standard fee: € 3200 (excl. 21% VAT) This fee includes: hotel accommodation for 4 nights, course documentation, tuition, refreshments and meals (including 3 dinners). Note: Fee will be refunded promptly in the event of cancellations received at least 20 working days prior to the first day of the course booked (subject to a deduction of 10% for administration costs). No refunds can be made for cancellations at shorter notice. A substitute participant may attend the course at no extra charge. To register, please fill in the Managing Marine Emergencies course registration form. Register now

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Preparedness and Prevention

SMIT offers specifically designed, Preparedness & Prevention Services for a diverse range of ships - from icebreakers in the Baltic to heavy towage ships operating around the Cape, for LNG carriers conducting ship-to-ship transfers, to huge oil tankers and mega containerships. Several leading operators see the benefits of these tailor-made services and we have worked with many renowned shipowners for decades on this basis. The Preparedness & Prevention Service contracts guarantee a 24/7 response if ships get into difficulty – SMIT can be anywhere in the world in 24 hours from its four strategic Emergency Response Centers. Over recent years salvage work has become much more transparent - owners want to focus on being prepared and getting work done in advance by making sure they have mitigating measures in place. The pre-agreed Preparedness & Prevention Service contracts mean that an owner knows the Terms & Conditions and tariffs beforehand in case things go wrong. They don’t need to negotiate with dozens of tug owners in the midst of an emergency – they have clarity and know they can rely on SMIT. Mitigate potential losses by using our Preparedness & Prevention Contracts. Clients have one point of contact for assistance. We take immediate action when an owner calls. We understand immediate action leads to reduced losses and can often prevent a relatively small event from turning into a major disaster. These contracts are invaluable if the scale of an incident is not known in the first instance. SMIT does not send an armada of salvage ships to the scene and a huge team - all at the owner’s expense.  Instead, two of our experts will assess the situation and consult with the client before any decisions are taken. We always do what’s best for the client. We work together with the owner to achieve a safe, sustainable and timely solution. What sets us apart Global Coverage Global Coverage SMIT provides 24/7 global coverage. SMIT has an unrivalled, worldwide network consisting of the offices and floating equipment of our parent company Boskalis - our towage operations (present in 90 ports around the world) and established agents. Read more A team built around your needs A team built around your needs SMIT Salvage has the resources to build a team around the challenges you face. In adddition to our skilled salvage professionals, you can also rely on in-house experts from a wide range of disciplines to form a specialist team around your needs. Read more Guaranteed 24/7 response worldwide Guaranteed 24/7 response worldwide Operating out of four strategically located response centers in Rotterdam, Cape Town, Houston and Singapore and supported by our extensive global network, we guarantee 24/7 response world wide. Read more 175 years of experience 175 years of experience We pride ourselfs of having had the privilege of serving the marine industry for over 175 years, providing rapid, reliable and tailored solutions. Read more

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