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19 June 2023 | 13:56

Timor Port, BOLUDA, and DNTM in action at Nicolau Lobator Airport

On May 10, the Port of Timor, in partnership with BOLUDA, a port towing specialist, and the National Directorate of Sea and Transport (DNTM), achieved an operational feat that removed a major obstacle to flight operations at Presidente Nicolau Lobato airport. Thanks to the excellent coordination between these various players, an unidentified vessel obstructing the arrival of a flight was quickly identified and removed, enabling operations to resume as normal.

The DNTM informed the port-based BOLUDA and TIMOR PORT teams of an emergency situation where a vessel was anchored, blocking the arrival of a flight at Presidente Nicolau Lobato airport. The control tower quickly identified the vessel, which was in the path of an aircraft landing.

Following the alert, BOLUDA’s VB TROVAO pilot boat was immediately engaged, working in coordination with the Timor port captain. In just 10 minutes, the BOLUDA pilot boat arrived on the scene, identified the vessel responsible and cleared the way for the waiting flight.

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«This operation was an excellent exercise, demonstrating the good coordination between the Timor port captain, the BOLUDA team and the DNTM. We are proud of our ability to react quickly and efficiently to ensure the safety and smooth running of air operations» Jean Michel Toupin , Boluda Timor site manager

This operation is a concrete testimony to the expertise and professionalism of the Port of Timor, BOLUDA and DNTM teams, and underlines the importance of good coordination in the face of complex operational challenges.

​​​​​​​The Port of Timor reaffirms its ongoing commitment to the safety and smooth running of maritime and port operations. Thanks to its position and the relationship of trust it enjoys with its partners, the Port of Timor will continue to provide high-quality services, reinforcing its reputation as a reliable partner in the maritime and port sector.

About Boluda

Boluda is a family-owned company, a world leader in maritime services, providing towage services in the main ports of the world. This division of Boluda Corporación Marítima is in 148 ports and operates a fleet of more than 600 tugboats in 50 countries in all continents, with 6,000 employees. This division also offers tug and salvage operations on the high seas.


About Timor Port

The first public-private partnership in the country, Timor Port represents a total cost of $490 million over a 30-year period. The new port is in Tibar Bay, 12km from the capital Dili. It is equipped with some of the most modern handling equipment and operating systems to handle more than 7,500 TEUs. Its ambition is to facilitate the country’s trade with the rest of the world, particularly with China, Northern Australia and Asian countries. It is also positioned as a transshipment hub and a maritime gateway to the Asia Pacific. Actor committed to the development of the territories, Timor Port has implemented plans for recruitment and training plans for the Timorese population to accompany the growth of the growth of the project whilst contributing to local development.


Press Contact: Rachel HOUNSINOUMedia Relations Manager– AGL

rachel.hounsinou@aglgroup.com – +33 01 88 87 10 14 – 06 43 27 16

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