The service South Sea Towage delivers is essential to both foreign & local vessels. The benefits of using a tug to assist in berthing and un-berthing of these foreign & local vessels are as follows:-

  • Enhances safety issues
  • Minimizes the impact of these large vessels hitting against infrastructure causing structural damage.
  • Improves the berthing and un-berthing time especially during adverse weather
  • Reduces the risk liability to the insurance companies in regards to the vessel itself, cargo and the Authority’s infrastructure.

The company also provides service of salvaging stranded vessels. These would include vessels that have run aground on reefs or land. Vessels that experience engine failure on the high sea can also need the services of South Sea Towage to bring their vessels to the safety of a mooring.

The Company provides safety watch for Petroleum & Gas Tankers coming into port without a gas free certificate in case of fire on board, the Company’s responsibility would be to tow the vessel away from the Authority’s infrastructure or the oil company’s pipeline.


The Company is one of the largest shipping companies in Fiji and the Pacific, owning a Fleet of 9 Tugs delivering services through a number of ports in Fiji, including the Pacific region.

Additionally, the Company provides full ports services, including berthing /un-berthing of tankers, container ships, marine pilotage, loading/offloading, Diving, Salvage, Hull cleaning, Maintenance and Waste management in compliance with Maritime Transport Act (MTA) regulations, legislations, and applicable ISO standards. The Company can manage and respond to Tier 1 oil spills.

The Company provides a range of professional work relating to its services to its clients.

SSTL is committed to provide high standard of services to berth and unberthing various ships by efficient implementation and complying regulatory requirements, implementing a systematic approach towards a well-coordinated activity, satisfy our stakeholder’s needs, balancing of costs, risks management, opportunities and performance without compromising the environmental requirement and safety of our employees, our clients, and the public.

SSTL provides 24/7 maritime support to Port pilotage services to safely guide ships, our focus is on delivering the safest possible outcome to people, the environment and property.

SSTL provide Salvage services 24/7. For normal assistance a fixed price is negotiated and agreed prior to commencement. It is of note that the connecting on board a rope from the salvage tug it is deemed that salvage is accepted.

SSTL has the resources to plan, prioritize, allocate and supervise all surface and sub-sea operations relating to the inspection and maintenance of mooring assemblies, navigation systems and hosing gear to ensure their optimum operational status.
SSTL can also Monitor and direct all diving operations by way of the underwater drone in order to provide advice and ensure correctness of assessments and work undertaken especially while conducting regular vessel hull surveys.

Fiji as a leading partnering country for Glo-Fouling, SSTL is taking up the responsibility of underwater cleaning of hull, cleaning of propeller, cleaning of sea valves gratings and other structural members subjected to Fouling.

SSTL has trained personnel using manufacturer’s recommended instructions and schedules to carry out maintenance. PPE is subjected to systematic maintenance, covering where appropriate cleaning, disinfections, examination, repair and replacement. Presently SSTL is completing its procedures in terms of Safety Management System.

SSTL by of Ports Contract has put in place a system to facilitate the collection and disposal of wastes by licensed contractors from private facilities.
Annex I Oily Wastes (bilges, sludge, slops)
Annex II Noxious Liquid Substances Carried in Bulk (dirty ballast, slops, tank washings)
Annex IV Sewage
Annex V Garbage

SSTL specifically skills in Machine Shop includes but not limited to-
• Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, charts and tables or study sample parts to determine machining operation to be performed, and plan best sequence of operations
• Compute dimensions and tolerances and measure and lay out work pieces
• Set up, operate and maintain a variety of machine tools including Lathe machines to perform precision, non-repetitive machining operations such as sawing, turning, milling, boring, drilling, precision grinding and other operations
• Fit and assemble machined metal parts and subassemblies using hand and power tools
• Verify dimensions of products for accuracy and conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments

Our highly skilled and capable crew are specialist in ship repair with the ability to carry out extensive repairs and maintenance dockside, in water and in our workshop.
With an in-house, on-site team of experienced Engineers and Fitters & Boiler Makers, South Sea Towage Limited work to best practice across all projects. With decades of experience, we can and will offer excellent cost effective solutions to the Marine and Industrial market.