About us

Bugsier: More than 150 years of experience with tugboats

Today, the BUGSIER shipping company is one of the traditional sights to be seen in many German seaports. Especially in Hamburg and Bremerhaven we have become part of the classical harbour panorama with our tugs. With the largest tugboat fleet under the German flag, we have carried out countless harbour jobs along the entire German coast over the past 150 years. As part of the FAIRPLAY Group, we offer flexible towage on the high seas and ship assistance services throughout the North European coastal region.

With our high-performance tugs we have been working for decades for the European oil and gas industry and the offshore wind energy market. Our shipping company enjoys the highest international reputation due to the projects which it has successfully carried out around the world.

We rely on innovative technology without neglecting the classic maritime techniques. Be it our lifting ships the Endurance and the Energy, which were involved in clearing the Suez Canal, or our legendary ocean-going tugs the Arctic and the Oceanic. Our shipping company designed and operates the world’s most modern emergency tugboat, the Nordic, which went into service in 2011. The ship has been chartered by the German government until 2021 and ensures the safety of the German Bight.

Bugsier’s history

In the service of towage


BUGSIER- Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG merges with FAIRPLAY TOWAGE on November 8, but will remain as a traditional company with its own name in the group of companies.

On behalf of the Federal Government

As part of the activities in the Working Group Coastal Protection, the emergency tugs "BALTIC" (2010) and "NORDIC" (2011) are put into service. These are chartered by the federal government.

Tug under full control

Complete takeover and integration of T & S Transport and Service GmbH & Co. KG by BUGSIER.

Mooring services

New task: With the BUGSIER Mooring Service BUGSIER is taking over the mooring services in Bremerhaven.

Suez Canal: renewed use

The BUGSIER cranes "Thor" and "Roland" participate in the second evacuation of the Suez Canal.
BugsierOrders are placed for the famous "Deepsea" towage tugs "Oceanic" and "Arctic".

Suez Canal navigable again

Great use: with the lifting vessels „Energie“ und Ausdauer“, the BUGSIER-Reeerei clears the Suez Canal in winter 1956/57.

The family is in charge

The shipowner family Schuchmann from Geestermünde/Bremerhaven acquires the majority of the shares of the Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungs­ AG.

Growth makes you strong

Merger with A.G. Leichtergesellschaft resulting in Hamburg "Vereinigte Bugsier und Frachtschifffahrt.

Birth hour

Formation corporation Vereinigte Bugsier-Dampfschiff-Gesellschaft.

Quality management and certificates

Since 1998 the FAIRPLAY TOWAGE GROUP’s quality management system has been certified by Lloyd’s Register and today according to ISO 9001:2008. We are both Achilles and Connexio approved. In 2006 FAIRPLAY was awarded the ISO 14001:2004 environmental certificate, which commits us to particularly environmentally friendly procedures and working methods.

We value environmental and quality management systems that can be followed by our teams on board and ashore. Successful audits carried out regularly by our offshore clients show that this is successful. FAIRPLAY’s offshore tugs are also all audited to the OVID standard. With these systems for quality and environmental protection we work according to standards accepted within the offshore industry.