Join the BTA

The purpose of the British Tugowners Association (BTA) is to represent the interests of its members in order to provide a favourable environment in which to do business. The BTA is not solely for tug operators however, and there is a strong cohort of professional companies with an interest in towage as Associate Members. These Associates comprise tug builders, shipbrokers, rope & engine manufacturers and legal professionals.  

Member Testimonial

Dave Hopwood and Kevin Main, Shetland Islands Council – Towage Operations

“Operating within the relatively remote location of the Shetland Islands, we felt isolated and struggled against the ever-changing tide within a complex and modernising Towage industry.

Since our membership with the BTA formed, we became part of a group who focus relentlessly on raising standards of personal safety, vessel efficiency and environmental protection.

Through regular contact and information sharing, our experience of the BTA has been an extremely positive influence that now translates into everything we do and sits well with our Organisation’s principles and values”.

Benefits of joining

Committee and Panel membershipx
Input to consultation responsesx
Representations to governmentx
Policy Developmentx
Technical events and seminarsx
One-to-one advicex
Policy newslettersx
Topic-specific briefingsx
Weekly Bulletinx
Access to member-only web contentx
Library of Committee and Policy Documentsx
Free networking eventsx
Use of Chamber logox
Opportunities to host and speak at eventsx
Use of Chamber logox
Listing on the member directoryx
Certificate of membershipx
Discount on UK Chamber Annual Dinner ticketsx
Discounted rates for venue hire at 30 Park Streetx

Join the BTA

The BTA offers two membership types, tailored to your operation.

Full Tug Operating Membership

Associate Membership

If you are interested in joining the BTA, please contact Robert Merrylees or Tony Jerome

To arrange a meeting with our senior leadership team to discuss the value of membership to your company please contact Robert Merrylees or Tony Jerome

It is important to remember that the BTA is fully incorporated into the UK Chamber of Shipping, and that full tug-operating members of the BTA are full ship-owning members of the UK Chamber of Shipping in their own right with all the benefits and access that this accrues. To find our more about membership of the Chamber of Shipping please contact Tony Jerome or click here.