Captain Altay Altuğ graduated from today’s Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty in 1952. He worked for Turkish Maritime Corporation (TDİ Türkiye Denizcilik İşletmeleri A.Ş) on passenger and cargo ships until 1961.
He has courageously saved the lives of port workers from a cargo fire onboard his vessel while he was the second officer. He was promoted and assigned to be a harbour pilot in İzmir port; thereafter he has been promoted as the İzmir Port Chief Pilot and served until his retirement. He established the first modern pilot station in İzmir on a floating pontoon with VHF radio communication facilities. In the meantime, he played a significant role in establishing pilotage services at İzmir Aliağa Refinery.
He was retired in 1979, with profound enthusiasm and entrepreneurship to st a business for pilotage and towage services. he acted as a leader and pioneer in order to fulfill his ideals with his unique expertise and innovated those services into their most contemporary applications in Turkey.
Today, Captain Altay Altuğ is still the president of UZMAR and his family continues turning his dreams into reality