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New International Ops Manager at Pacific Towing


International Operations Manager, Captain Marcelo Santini, brings with him 35+ years maritime experience from South America including valuable oil and gas expertise.




Pacific Towing – the Marine Services division of Steamships Limited – has added an International Operations Manager to its team. Captain Marcelo Santini will help ‘PacTow’ take advantage of international project opportunities, further increase its salvage capabilities, and add to the company’s Oil and Gas expertise.


Captain Santini is a Senior Master and Salvage Master and has 35+ years maritime experience (river and open ocean). He has operated a great variety of vessel types: Ocean Going Tugs, Harbour Tugs, Push Tugboats and 32 barges convoy, AHTS’s, PSV’s, Tankers, Containerships, Dredges, Buoy Tenders, Sand Vessels, Passenger, Mix Passenger, RoRo, and Bulk Carriers.


Captain Santini’s last 25 years have been dedicated to towage and salvage throughout South America. He’s worked on salvage projects the scale and likes of which have not been seen in Melanesia, including a multi-vessel river collision resulting in a fire, loss of life and the unloading of 3,000,000 litres of gasoline, as well as requiring towage through water less than 1 metre deep. Importantly, Captain Santini increases PacTow’s oil and gas expertise having not only crewed on LPG vessels but also having towed them.


Originally from Argentina, Captain Santini has relocated to PNG with his wife and two young children. He speaks four languages; his native Spanish as well as English, Italian and Portuguese.

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