Established in 1934, the British Tugowners Association (BTA) is the foremost representative body for port towage operators in the UK. Its membership comprises a diverse mix of large corporate entities and smaller privately-owned firms, as well as several Port and Council Authorities.
The BTA’s members operate over 150 tugs across more than 40 ports, facilitating 90% of the UK’s sea-borne trade. These operations provide employment for over one thousand highly-skilled seafarers.
At the heart of its mission, the BTA seeks to enhance safety standards within the industry by promoting best practices and striving to establish a robust framework for training and certification.
For many years, the BTA has enjoyed a close relationship with the UK Chamber of Shipping, with the latter providing secretarial support for the former.
Targe Towing Ltd has a long-standing association with the BTA, with our team actively participating in both executive and technical committees. Both Tom Woolley and Nick Dorman have also served as President of the BTA, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to advancing the interests of our industry and our clients.