To be the voice of the European towage industry, to foster safety values and protection of the environment as well as to promote the interests and respond to the needs of the members

The towage industry plays a key role in the Blue economy. It is one of the most important maritime activities as ports could not operate without tugs and the vast majority of Europe’s imports and exports would simply stop.

Tugs supply European societies with a set of essential public goods, such as maritime safety, environmental protection in the case of catastrophes and specially enabling port operations and international trade by sea.

ETA has evolved from a  London based association bringing together 8 northern European countries  to becoming the representation of the towage industry at the continental level, advocating the tug sector´s  interests both in Brussels and the European capitals and disseminating the crucial importance of the sector for the EU economies.