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June 26, 2017

Trieste hosted another succesful ETA Annual Meeting

ETA 54th Annual Meeting became another milestone for the Association. More than 160 delegates and guests attended the annual event, that this year took place in Trieste, making this edition one of the biggest in the history of the European Tugowners Association. During the three days, both the Executive Committee and the Annual General Meeting […]


March 23, 2017

Workshop on the role of Digital Technologies applied to the Maritime Transport Sector

ETA coorganized with the Permanent Representation of Malta on the Monday of the 27th of February a workshop on the digitalization of the shipping industry. The event brought together EU and national policy makers, representatives of the industry and the media to discuss how the digital technologies represent a challenge and a big opportunity for the sector. […]


April 27, 2016

The 2016 ETA conference to scrutinise ‘The Changing Face of the European Towage Industry: Challenges or Opportunities’

The 2016 ETA conference titled ‘The Changing Face of the European Towage Industry: Challenges or Opportunities’ will be held at the University of Edinburgh, on the 12th of May. This year’s conference will be looking into the current changing trends that the towage industry is facing, the upcoming challenges or opportunities, broadly looked at from […]

Edinburgh Castle seen from Waldorf Astoria hotel

February 5, 2016


The 53rd Annual Meeting of the European Tugowners Association – ETA 2016 shall this year be held in Edinburgh, Scotland. In store for this important event hosted under the auspices of full member SVITZER is a combination of an enchanting city rich in culture and history, an interesting and thought provoking conference theme; a busy agenda […]


September 18, 2015

Supervisory Committee Meeting 24th November 2015

The  Supervisory Committee Meeting was held on 24th November 2015 at the offices of Law Firm Holman Fenwick Willan, London.

from left: Andreas Tsavliris, Peter Vierstraete Nicolas Tsavliris, Ioannis Theotokas, Alexandros Gigilinis, Mario Mizzi

May 5, 2015

Annual Meeting 2015, Athens Greece 13 -15 May

Hosted by its member Alexander G. Tsavliris & Sons Maritime Co the European Tugowners Association gathered in Athens for its highly attended 52nd Annual Meeting. The programme included a meeting of the Supervisory Committee, the Annual General Meeting of Members, a Conference and a Social Day. The Supervisory Committee and the Annual General Meeting of Members […]

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March 6, 2015

New Guidelines for Safe Towage Operations

Safety concerns highlighted by the ETA during the European Shipping Week The ETA’s Nautical Technical Committee, chaired by Peter Lindenau from Petersen & Alpers Hamburg, has finalised the complement to the Joint ETA-EMPA Guidelines on Design and Layout of Harbour Towage Equipment. The Guidelines for Safe Harbour Towage Operations were presented during the EUROPEAN SHIPPING WEEK on […]


February 12, 2015


The role of towage highlighted   As a member of the Steering Group, the ETA was actively involved in the organisation of the European Shipping Week (“ESW”) which turned out to be a huge success. The highest European Institutions were actively supportive and their high representatives, among whom Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, were attending the event […]


May 20, 2014

Annual Meeting 2014 Bourgas, Bulgaria

21/05/2014 – 23/05/2014 CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ADDRESSED BY THE TOWAGE INDUSTRY Hosted by its Bulgarian Member Multraship Bulgaria, some 100 representatives of members and associated members gathered in Bourgas at the 51st Annual Meeting. During the Annual General Meeting, Chairman Peter Vierstraete, General Manager of SMIT Towage Northwest Europe and Deputy Chairman Mario Mizzi, CEO […]


January 21, 2014

All Annual Meetings and venue

Since 1964 Full and Associate Members gather each year in one of the European countries where members operate. The meeting is hosted by a local Full Member and comprises a meeting of the Executive Committee, the Annual Meeting of (full)Members, a Conference and a Social Day. Here you will find a list of all past Annual […]