Montrose-based Targe Towing Limited has become the latest organisation to sign the UK Armed Forces Covenant.
In doing so Targe has made a commitment to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however it can and to ensure no member of the Armed Forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service.
The 12 June signing – by managing director Captain Tom Woolley RD RNR – took place at Targe’s head office at Mountboy, by Montrose. The document was co-signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by Captain Nick Dorman RD RNR.
Targe Towing Limited’s commitments to honouring the Covenant include pledges to:
- Promote the fact it is an Armed Forces-friendly organisation.
- Strive to support the employment of Service spouses and partners.
- Endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.
- Seek to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
- Offering support to local cadet units, either in the local community or in local schools, where possible.
- Aim to actively participate in Armed Forces Day.
Targe operates tugs out of the North East of Scotland Ports, providing dedicated towage to Aberdeen, Dundee and Peterhead. On the Firth of Forth, Targe operates four tugs at BP’s Hound Point Marine terminal where Targe is the longest serving continuous contractor for BP Exploration Forties Pipeline System. One of those vessels is MT HOPETOUN, which at 124 Tonnes Bollard Pull is the largest docking tug in the world. Targe was created in 1991.
The Covenant signing was organised by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and attended – along with the signatories – by the organisation’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Ron Macgregor and Targe Towing Limited’s Company Secretary and Director Jo Woolley.
Ron said: “We are delighted that Targe Towing Limited has pledged their support to the Armed Forces family and we very much value their commitment. We are looking forward to working in partnership with them.”
More than 2000 UK organisations have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant.