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remaining shares in the towage company Goliath the following year. Just a year later the towage company A/S Claus Jørgensens Bugserbåde was taken over. SVITZER had in effect consolidated the Danish towage market – a global trend in the towage industry. By 1983 SVITZER’s assets included 53 vessels and 350 employees. Looking for related opportunities to expand its towage activities, SVITZER had invested in specially built coal barges in the 1970s. The concept was that tug boats could be used more effectively. By shuttling between loading and discharge operations three tug boats could transport fi ve barges. The barges were pushed in Danish waters as well as between England, Holland and the Baltics. The barges, however, were a short-lived success fi nancially and served the Baltic trades until divested in 2006. DEVELOPING OPPORTUNITIES OFFSHORE With the growing demand for energy, exploration activities expanded worldwide and increasingly moved offshore – an advantage to SVITZER with special expertise in working offshore and in rough weather. On the back of investments made in offshore tonnage in the late 1970s, SVITZER found new opportunities. SVITZER JARL and SVITZER GARM engaged in ocean towage and assisted in the laying of pipes and cables on the seabed as well as providing offshore marine support services as far away as Brazil and West Africa. Diving services were also expanded to encompass services to the offshore industry. SVITZER Global Diving Services was founded in 1981 in cooperation with Global Diving Services Ltd. of Aberdeen. The services offered included inspection and installation work and on the back of these activities survey activities were eventually offered. In 1982 the company also engaged in a different and new kind of offshore operation. Due to the cold and rough water in the North Sea, active oil installations had by law to have emergency response/rescue vessels on standby in case of an emergency. A year earlier ESVAGT had started emergency response/ rescue services using converted fi shing trawlers. Cooperation quickly proved necessary and from 1983 joint operation was established. In 1991 SVITZER acquired 50% of the ESVAGT shares and in 1998 a further 25%. A model of the vessel SVITZER GARM, built in 1978. With a capacity of 11.000 hp and a bollard pull of 11o tons she was among the most powerful anchor handling tugs at the time and specially equipped for offshore work. Upon delivery SVITZER GARM was put to work assisting the Danish electricity company Elsam in running electricity cables 1 metre below the seabed between Denmark and Norway. The cables were dug into the ground by a machine working on the seabed and operated from SVITZER GARM by remote control. Other jobs included assisting in running gas pipes and cables between Bornholm and Sweden and telephone cables in the North Sea. Some of this work was done in water-depths up to 650 metres. 54 S V I T Z E R – S A F E T Y A N D S U P P O R T AT S E A


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