About us

Keppel Smit Towage

Keppel Smit Towage Pte Ltd was established in 1991 under a joint venture between Keppel Shipyard Investments Pte Ltd, which is a part of Keppel Offshore & Marine under the umbrella of Keppel Corp, and Smit Singapore Pte Ltd, Which is a part of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (“Boskalis”). We are one of the largest and leading Harbour tug service providers in Singapore as well as Asia Pacific region.

Parent Groups

Parent Group-1

Keppel Shipyard-Backed by over a century of experience, Keppel Shipyard is the global industry’s trusted partner for the repair, conversion and upgrading of a diverse range of vessels. Keppel Shipyard is one of the leaders in the conversion of Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) units, Floating Storage Offloading (FSO) vessels and Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRU). With good project management, quality service and a strong commitment to HSE, company deliver projects promptly and safely.

Parent Group-2

SMIT, a member of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., is a leading global maritime services company operating in the dredging, inland infra and offshore energy sectors. Through SMIT, Company is active in towage and salvage. They deliver innovative one-stop solutions to major maritime challenges. Boskalis is active in projects in the offshore energy, ports and infra markets. The main clients include oil companies, port operators, governments, shipping companies, international project developers, insurance companies and mining companies. Boskalis has 8,200 employees, including our share in partner companies. It operates in some 75 countries across six continents. It has a versatile fleet consisting of over 1,000 vessels and equipment.

Public License Keppel

Smit Towage was awarded with the Public License by Maritime Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore to operate harbour towage services in Singapore Port since 1998.


Today we own, manage and operate a versatile fleet of 73 highly manoeuvrable Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) Harbour tugs ranging from 1,600 to 5,600 BHP which are capable handling any types and sizes of vessels. In Singapore alone, we have 24 tugs dedicated exclusively for harbour operations.

Core Capabilities

Our core capabilities are broadly classified into below categories:

  • Harbour / Terminal Towage Services in port, includes services to VLCCs, ULCCs, FPSO, FSO, LNG and Oil Rigs
  • Coastal Towage Services
  • Offshore Support Services
  • STS-Ship to Ship operations
  • Fire Fighting and Anti-pollution
  • Escort services: The success has been made with first-rate shore expertise and experience crew who are competent and experienced to handle tugs in a safe and efficient manner.


Our wide range of customers includes oil majors, vessel owners, shipyards, ship managers and global shipping agencies. Shell, Chevron, McDermott, Exxon Mobil, SPC, World-Wide Tankers, Petra Resurces Sdn Bhd, Coastal Energy Sdn Bhd, MISC Berhad , Bumi Armada Berhad, Scopio Group, Inchcape Shipping Services, Star Cruise and GAC are some of our key customers over the years. We operate in Asia Pacific region through our partners in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, China, Taiwan and Vietnam. We are the only tug operator in Asia, with exclusive Long term Contracts with Shell in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. This serves as a testament to a very high level Safety Standards maintained on shore and across all our fleet.