65 SVITZER 2008 What is it like to be a part of SVITZER in 2008? What challenges does the work off er? Testimonies from SVITZER employees provide insight into the current operations of the 175 year old global company. In the previous chapters, the history of SVITZER from the beginning in 1833 has been summed up with focus on major milestones, the challenges the company has faced and how these have been dealt with strategically. But how does it feel to be a part of SVITZER, behind the offi cial scene of strategic business decisions? By visiting SVITZER locations you gain a more practical and inside understanding not only of some of the operations but also of the craftmanship and people performing it. SVITZER employees around the world are living testimony that SVITZER still has the fi ery soul of the company born back in 1833. Moreover, the focus is still the same – safety and support at sea. THE ART OF CRAFTSMANSHIP “It has been a part of my life for 28 years now and it has been my hobby. I just love manoeuvring these tugs out there and in narrow places where you have to get it just right. And I never know which exact challenges the next assignment may present.” TUG CAPTAIN SVITZER’s towage activities in 2008 consist of harbour towage in some 80 ports in 13 countries, terminal towage operations at more than 30 terminals in 18 countries and world-wide ocean towage. The people working with towage consider it a life style. Long shifts, for some crews weeks at a time, structure everyday life and the mentality of a seaman is required. Crews work on tugs in diverse places all over the globe on tugs often purpose designed and equipped. The tug crews consider towage to be a special craft. Extensive experience and knowledge of seamanship and the specifi c tugs are needed, as well as a general fl air for the work. Tugs are manoeuvred in all SVITZER tugs assisting a tanker.
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