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Silverburn Shipping Group have owned and operated Tugs and barges since 1994 when the company started shortly after the break-up of the Soviet Union. The company’s first charters were wood across the Baltic Sea which, together with moving bulk cargo on flat barges and the towing of vessels and difficult objects in the rivers formed the back-bone of our operations until the early part of this century.

As the company grew it continued to buy tonnage and expanded into long terms time charters such as to the builders of the Denmark – Sweden bridge project as well as arranging the movement of very large pieces including Brewery Silos, tunnelling machinery, semi assembled Oil exploration modules and various vessels and other objects transiting the Russian waterways.

High visibility operations included the towing of four 4,000 mts “Volga-max” sections for the BP semi-submersible platform now off Baku in the Shah-Deniz field and the Ersai-1 lay-barge sections through the Russian river and canal systems as well as moving one of the Russian space shuttles or “Buran” from Moscow. Since 2003 the main focus of operations has been the oil exploration in the Caspian Sea, predominately in the Kashagan field where drilling, development and production will go on until at least 2040.

The groups companies and fleet are ISM certified, audited under IFPS rules, fully insured for P+I and H+M and operate in accordance with our clients HSE, Enviromental and operational requirements. We now have fully operational offices in London, Moscow, Astrakhan and Actau.

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