SAAM SMIT Towage J/V to Operate 100 Tugboat Fleet

By George Backwell
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
SMIT Brasil tugboats: Image Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. inform that with SAAM S.A. they have successfully created a joint harbor towage operation within the American Continent in Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Panama, comprising two underlying joint ventures operating in more than 30 port terminals with a hundred tugboats.

The intended partnership, which is between SMIT, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boskalis, and SAAM, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sociedad Matriz SAAM S.A. (SM SAAM), was previously announced in September 2013 and all conditions to form the joint venture have now been fulfilled.

The merger will generate synergies estimated at approximately USD 10 million per year, to be fully captured in the next 24 months. Those synergies will mainly come from an increased fleet efficiency and cost savings, among others. As the operations are further integrated, sharing of best practices and market synergies are expected to generate additional value.

The geographic scope of the first joint venture covers the Brazilian towage market, where SMIT and SAAM already had operations. Boskalis and SAAM each hold a 50% share in this new joint venture. With a total of 42 tugboats, the combination is an important player in the growing market of Brazil, operating in major ports such as Rio Grande, Itajai, Santos and Salvador.

The second joint venture, in which SAAM holds a 51% majority stake, relates to the towage activities in Panama and Canada (SMIT) and Mexico (SAAM). The combination will operate a total number of 58 tugboats. This joint venture will have presence in main ports of Canada (Prince Rupert and Vancouver), Panama (Manzanillo, Balboa, Colon Container Terminal) and Mexico (Veracruz, Lazaro Cardenas, Altamira, Tuxpan).

Boskalis adds that the total value of the SMIT and SAAM assets that have been contributed to SST is comparable, and the joint venture has been formed without an equity contribution by either party.
 

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