In 1984 the first privately owned pilotage and towage company, UZMAR Shipping Ltd., was founded in Turkey bu seniour Harbour Pilot Capt. Altay Altug, commencing port services in various private ports and harbours on the Aegean Sea, Turkey.
In 1996 UZMAR Shipping Ltd. started to build workboats for its own fleet requirements and later for international markets using compact tug designs from Robert Allan Ltd., an internationally recognized naval architecture company from Vancouver, Canada.
Through the achievement of building numerous tugs and workboats, in 2007 UZMAR established a modern shipbuilding facility at Kocaeli Free Zone, near Istanbul, Turkey with an advanced shipbuilding system of station based serial production method.
The project management is organized by means of Enterprise Resource Planning - ERP (IFS) system which integrates design, planning, production, procurement, warehousing, project coordination and commercial and financial information. Due to the success of UZMAR’s advanced modular building system the shipbuilding facility is referred as ‘Workboat and Tug Factory’.