In 1842 Smit International began towing sailing ships from the sea to the harbor of Rotterdam. Since then Smit International has developed into a company that offers a wide range of unconventional maritime services.
Smit Tak is part of the Smit International Group, which has a tradition of well over 150 years of service to the international maritime community.
The Company employs more than 2,000 people and operates a fleet of over 270 vessels.
The principal activities include marine installation & engineering, pipeline installation, heavy transport, heavy lift, salvage, marine emergency response, wreck removal, harbor & coastal towage and ocean towage.
The involvement as leading partner in the wreck removal operations in the Suez Canal in 1956/1957 was one of the first international highlights of the Company. In the following years, many salvage cases were performed.
Salvage equipment and spares for vessels are stored at Smit Tak's Central Salvage Stores in Rotterdam, Singapore and Houston, where they are held ready for immediate shipment anywhere in the world.
The salvage equipment comprises a wide variety of pumps either electric or hydraulic, air, low pressure or high pressure compressors, generators, powerpacks, hoses, firefighting units, diving equipment, underwater welding and cutting equipment, patching material, anchors and chains.
Smit Tak also employs over 40 experienced divers available for project works and emergency tasks.