Port towage is an essential sector for the EU economy, the industry assists 80% of cargo that arrives to European ports safely. This and other data are presented in the Economic impact of the European Towage sector, a study carried out by the Dutch consulting company ECORYS at the request of the European Tugowners Association.
The report analyses a wide collection of data sources in order to give the reader a quite precise outlook of the European towage sector current situation and its impact on the EU economy. This study is the first of its kind as it determines with precise figures relevant indicators that have never been estimated, such as the sector´s total turnover or the cargo tons moved with tugs assistance. But the study does not only focus on the economic aspect of European port towage, other important elements are approached as well like the structure of the fleet.
Among other figures, the report finds that the European towage sector employs directly more than 11.000 workers, 83% of them crew members. The industry is essentially European as the greater part of operators are local and 99% of employees are EU national. The sector´s economic relevance is clearly illustrated by its an annual revenue of over € 1.2 billion, this figure represents a 4% of the European maritime transport market turnover.
“This study showcases for the first time the relevance of our sector within the maritime and logistics chain and gives us plenty of information to better understand the current and future challenges” , says ETA Chairman Kimmo Lehto.
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