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Towage & mooring


Svitzer’s Tyne-based tug fleet provides ship-handling services on the Wear, with additional units being drawn from the Tees, as required.

Svitzer 24-hour tug ordering line:

Telephone: +44 (0)1642 247 277


The Harbour Master can advise on other local companies providing smaller tugs/workboats for upriver towage and specialist operations.



Mooring services are currently provided by Sunderland Foyboatmen’s Association, which is licensed by the Port of Sunderland. Tariffs and further information can be obtained from the secretary of the Association, which can be contacted as follows:

Tel: +44 (0)191 567 3527
Mob: 0780 876 6772
Fax: +44 (0)191 567 3527

The following procedure must be adhered to in respect of all orders for foyboatmen/linesmen within the Port of Sunderland:

1. Shipping agent to contact foyboatmen service provider direct.

2. Agent to confirm that foyboatmen have been ordered by emailing:

Once a requirement for foyboatmen has been confirmed by a shipping agent, Port Control will notify boatmen direct of any changes to a vessel's eta/etd, etc.



port of sunderland towage & mooring

port of sunderland towage & mooring

port of sunderland towage & mooring