British Tugowners Association welcomes in new Chairman

Scott Baker

The British Tugowners Association (BTA) has today confirmed that Scott Baker has officially taken over as Chairman.

Scott Baker is currently Head of Marine Standards for Svitzer Europe and takes over from Nick Dorman of Targe Towing, who has been Chairman since January 2018.

Speaking about his new role Scott Baker said:

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of BTA Chairman, continuing the legacy of good work achieved by the BTA membership and more widely through the UK Chamber of Shipping. Like all sectors of the maritime industry the towage sector faces a number of challenges, it is for the BTA membership to address the most pressing matters over the coming years as we seek collectively to improve safety and efficiency in our respective operations.   

Scott Baker has over twenty years’ experience within the marine industry in seagoing and shore-based positions. Previous roles include Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer and Nautical Surveyor, Port State Control Officer and Examiner of Masters and Mates for the UK Regulator. Senior Marine Superintendent and Account Director roles focusing on compliance, business development and stakeholder management supporting marine services, ferry operations and the movement of INF cargoes for the UK nuclear industry

He is currently Head of Maritime Standards for Svitzer in the European Region, leading a team of compliance specialists across Europe and representing Svitzer in regulatory matters and industry forums keeping abreast of any new development internationally, regionally and nationally within the towage sector.

Kasper Nilaus, Svitzer Europe MD, and member of the UK Chamber of Shipping Supervisory Board commented: 

“The BTA’s work to increase safety and ensure proper training and certification standards in the towage industry is critical not only to Svitzer and the towage industry but also to the wider maritime sector in the UK. It is an honour for Svitzer that two of our UK based employees are representing us in the BTA. Scott Baker is taking up the honourable office as Chairman of the BTA. I am certain that Scott’s leadership, his extensive maritime knowledge and sound judgement will be of great use to the BTA and UK Chamber.

“Ita Dickson joins the Executive Committee. I am sure that Ita’s intimate understanding of the towage industry built up during a career in Svitzer spanning from commercial manager to cluster managing director will prove a major advantage for the BTA.”

The Executive Committee comprises it membership from the following operators:

Boluda Towage
Caledonian Towage
Forth Ports Estuary Towage
Serco Marine
SMS Towage
Solent Towage / Ostensjo
Targe Towing 

For more information contact:

Robert Merrylees

Policy Manager

020 7417 2843 / 07425 863719