About HUD Salvage & Towage

HUD Group's salvage & towage business has a long history dated back to its establishment in 1972 with the merging of Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company and Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company, which together formed the Hongkong United Dockyards Limited ("HUD"). This combined the two dockyards’ fleets under the Hongkong Salvage & Towage ("HKST"). Each shareholder holds 50% of shares in the venture. HKST became a division under the HUD Group after corporate restructuring in 2002.

The division, still renowned for its name of "Hongkong Salvage & Towage" in the maritime industry, is now taking multiple roles as the designer, owner and operator of the most modern and powerful fleet of both harbour tugs and ocean-going tugs in Hong Kong, and is conducive to a safer and more efficient Port of Hong Kong.  With the new launch of two latest generation 6,500 BHP ocean-going/multi-purpose tugs in Q2 of 2019, its tug fleet comprises 13 tugs and 1 multi-purpose vessel totalling 59,000 BHP with an average age around 9 years. Its harbour tugs and multi-purpose vessel serve 24 hours for the Port of Hong Kong, one of the world's busiest port; whereas its ocean-going tugs serve in a standby mode to offer support services in case of emergency. Notwithstanding that, the ocean-going tugs are also actively seeking charter employment worldwide. As a leading player in the industry, HKST is the only tug operator in Hong Kong implementing a safety management system certified for compliance with the ISM Code by Lloyd’s Register. Its towage and waste transportation services by vessels within Hong Kong territory waters have attained ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System accreditation from Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency. Also, it is the only Hong Kong-based member of the International Salvage Union and a corporate member of the China Rescue & Salvage Association. All tugs are built in compliance with the IMO, ILO and Hong Kong Flag Administration regulations and specifications and are classed with Lloyd's Register.