In the Americas we are active through our joint venture Saam Smit Towage in:

  • Brazil
  • Panama
  • Mexico
  • Canada


With a fleet of 44 new tugs, all highly manoeuvrable azimuthal stern-drive (ASD) and powerful with 50-70 tons bollard pull (TBP), Saam Smit Towage started operations in Brazil in 2008 and is now active in 11 ports and terminals, including:

  • Santos
  • Paranaguá
  • Rio Grande
  • Itajai – Navegantes 
  • Sepetiba – Itaguaí (Sudeste)
  • Vitoria (Tubarão, Praia Mole)
  • Salvador – Aratu
  • Suape
  • São Luis (Ponta da Madeira, Itaqui, Alumar)
  • Santana – Macapa
  • Santarem

Four of our 26 new powerful ASD tugs operating in Brazil

Furthermore, we have a number of tugs that are operated as a bare-boat charter out in Brazil.


With a fleet of 21 tugs, with 20-85 tons bollard pull (TBP), Saam Smit Towage operates on the West Coast of British Columbia from 4 offices.

Our services include Harbour Towage and Tanker Escorting in the following ports:

  • Vancouver
  • Fraser River/New Westminster
  • Prince Rupert
  • Kitimat
  • Stewart
  • Squamish
  • Port Mellon


Since 1997, Saam Smit Towage Mexico has offered state-of-the art tugs that provide towing services along the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of California. Operations were further expanded in 2003 to provide offshore services for Pemex – Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company.

To accommodate the growing needs of local ports, Saam Smit continually increases, modernizes, and improves its fleet to meet market demands. Currently, SAAM SMIT Towage Mexico operates a total of 15 tugs from Lazaro Cardenas (Pacific Coast), and Altamira, Tampico, Tuxpan, and Veracruz (Gulf of Mexico). These tugs collectively comprise more than 880 tons of bollard pull.


From its humble beginning with only four tugs, Saam Smit Towage Panama has been successfully serving the Panamanian ports of Balboa and Cristobal since 1986. Thanks to the continued professionalism and flexibility of its regional and global network, Saam Smit Towage Panama has expanded its services to include such other ports as Colon, Bahia las Minas, and Chiriquí Grande.

With a fleet of 11 modern standardized azimuthal stern drive tugs, Saam Smit Towage Panama provides harbour towage and tanker assistance for nearly every port on both sides of the Canal. Coastal towing and assistance are also provided for ports in Chiriqui Grande, Taboguilla, and Melones.