Europe - Tug owners overcome coronavirus challenges

As Italy is gripped by Covid-19 outbreaks and lockdowns, tug owners continue to deliver port towage solutions

European tug owners have overcome the rising business and financial challenges of continuing towage services during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

Italy was an epicentre for Covid-19 infections in Europe during April 2020. And its tug operators were challenged to maintain coastal and harbour towage services and provide salvage coverage for maritime emergencies.

Business was impacted by a huge slump in ferry and cruise ship manoeuvring demand as these services were scaled back during March and April. There were also crewing and technical challenges to overcome.

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