European Tugowners Association


Founded in 1963 the European Tugowners Association is the sole interest group in Europe with the principal aim of promoting the interests of the European towage industry. 
Based in Brussels as a non governmental organization, its membership is drawn from 21 European countries and comprises 82 companies operating some 700 tugs in the ports and coastal areas of Europe.
ETA membership embraces all sizes of individual companies from single tug ones to the largest in the industry, including multinational groups, port authorities of main ports and small ports.

ETA members have tugs equipped to undertake a variety of tasks. In addition to their regular work of towage of ships in and out of port, many tugs are also engaged in the escort of oil tankers, chemical and gas carries to and from their port terminals, as well as coastal and sea towing operations.  Most tugs also have a salvage capability, including fire-fighting equipment and as such are able to render assistance to marine casualties and play a significant role in safety issues and the prevention of pollution. 
Beside Full Members, the Association has Associate and Affiliate Members.

In response to the growing influence and intervention of the EU Institutions in the field of port’s policy and in particular on technical nautical services, labour conditions, safety and security, the Association has opted in recent years for an active follow up on European legislative or regulatory initiatives.
Looking ahead, the ETA continues to promote best practice among its members and from there on we aim at convincing the European and other regulatory authorities that our Industry is capable of implementing a maximum of spontaneous self-regulation and plays a vital role in the safety and environmental protection in maritime transport and port areas, approaches and coastlines.


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