Fairplay – the name is our history and our philosophy

Our Quality Standards - for your Advantage

The Name Fairplay is deeply integrated in our company history, and based on the fair-play principle.

With the founder Carl Tidemann, the terminus “Fairplay” was introduced in 1895 by looking for a good well-known name in maritime industry, the “Fairplay Shipping Weekly” Newspaper was known on all ships calling Hamburg. As the captains had to order the tugs by their own, they would remember that easy name. This was the basis for the first new built tug called FAIRPLAY delivered 18th of October 1895.
Fairplay – decency and honesty – values which are still part of our company philosophy.

With Bugsier we further included an historic company founded in Hamburg.

Bugsier and their core values based in the history are easily described in a single sentence: “The small and bigger tugs of “Bugsier” with their crews are a guarantor for reliability, rapidity, ability, bravery and experience”
By implementing diverse policies like quality policy, environmental policy and health and safety, it was obvious to us to implement an equal opportunity policy and a code of conduct to our company.

QUALITY Management

  • The main aim of our company is to deliver quality in all stages to our clients. It’s proven with our history over a decade now, that we deliver the best utmost services and quality each time;
  • The Fairplay Towage Group is certified for over 20 years in accordance to the ISO 9001 standard by former Lloyds Register and nowadays by the DNV;
  • The Quality we deliver is based on knowledge of over 150 year’s experience, the experience is a keystone of our own trained personnel and makes the difference in every day operations;

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  • The Fairplay Towage Group is committed to ensure its all activities have minimal impact upon the environment on all our operations, whether by operating our vessels with low Sulphur fuels or the use of hybrid tugs;
  • By implementing the ISO 14001 standard, we agreed on a zero spill policy and strive for continuous improvement of our environmental footprint on a daily basis;
  • By doing so, we even goes a step further in operating pollution control vessels for the German government; we show leadership and take over responsibility for our whole coastal protection to our country;

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  • The sensible use of energy sources is important to our company, therefore we implemented the ISO 50001 standard as first maritime branch in 2015 in Germany and completed transition to newest revision of ISO 50001 in 2020 again as the first maritime branch in Germany.
  • The use of renewable shore-power is a standard for our vessels berthing our own facilities for years now.
  • Especially working for Oil and Gas we show our responsibility in the sensual use of natural energy types.

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Our Standards for the Offshore Industry

The Offshore Industry whether Oil and Gas or Renewables is the most challenging industry we are part of. By active participation on specific client databases and supplier databases such as Achilles UNCE and MAGNET JQS, we deliver information’s and our services directly to a wide branch of customers all over the world.


As member of the OCIMF, we regularly participate in OVMSA office audits for several Oil Majors. The high standard of the OVMSA and the continuous improvement of our good results will be reflected as well on our Vessels conducting OVID audits and CMID audits.

To meet those important objectives, we are always focusing on good routines, training, BBS and making continual improvement in our daily work. We aim to achieve the highest quality standards for all our operations. It shall meet our customer’s expectations, our own requirements, and help minimize negative impacts on the environment.