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For 17 years, the Arthur Foss, a tugboat operated by the Foss Maritime Company, has been free of environmental mishap. So have the Drew Foss and a dozen other Foss vessels.  Sixty-seven vessels owned by Foss and three subsidiaries are being recognized by a major maritime organization for their standout environmental safety records.  The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) is honoring the Foss vessels along with vessels from three Foss subsidiaries - Gulf Caribe Maritime, America Cargo Transport, and Constellation Maritime. Altogether, the Foss vessels feted by CSA have gone a combined 685 years without an environmental incident. Foss was honored at a dinner ceremony in Washington, D.C., with the awards presented by the U.S. Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Thad Allen and CSA Chairman Michael Bohlman of Horizon Lines. Capt. Jim Halloran accepted awards on behalf of Foss, and Susan Hayman, Vice President, Environmental and Corporate Development, accepted awards on behalf of Foss’ subsidiaries. (www.foss.com)


Foss Leases Tugs from Signet

Foss Leases Tugs from Signet Foss Maritime Company announced that it will enter into an alliance with Houston-based Signet Maritime Corporation. As part of this alliance, Foss will add to its fleet of tanker escort and assist vessels by leasing two new advanced Z-drive 30 meter, 80 metric tonne (AZ 30/80) tug boats from Signet. Foss officials said they decided to enter into the agreement with Signet both because of anticipated growth and to respond to the needs of its customer base


Foss Maritime Honored

Captain Sam Nelson and crew of the Foss Maritime Company tugboat Justine Foss received the Lifesaving Award from the Seamen's Church Institute at their annual Silver Bell Dinner on June 1 in New York. United States Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen was in attendance and personally congratulated Captain Nelson. Captain Nelson and his crew received the award for their heroic efforts in response to the needs of the crew of the tugboat Valour and the barge M-192 while in heavy


Foss Crews Help Extinguish Blaze

Two Foss crews assisted firefighters from the Valero and Benicia Fire Departments to put out a fire on the Benicia Industry Dock on September 5. The Foss crew, trained in shore-side incident response, reacted quickly and joined the professional firefighters at the scene. “I am very proud of the individual and team effort demonstrated by our vessels and staff,” said Scott Merritt, regional director, San Francisco Bay


Foss Maritime Wins Clean Air Award

The ports of and was honored Foss Maritime Company, calling its innovative approach to reducing air pollution in southern an outstanding example of corporate leadership.  Among Foss’ initiatives: Developing the world’s first hybrid tug, the Green Dolphin, a low-emission vessel that company officials expect to deploy in San Pedro Bay by the fall of 2008.  Earlier this year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency gave Foss and the Green Dolphin its Clean Air


Foss Maritime Vessels Amass Safety Awards

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The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) says it has recognized Foss Maritime's commitment to safety by awarding Jones F. Devlin Safety Awards to 73 of the company's vessels for their outstanding safety records. The 2013 Jones F. Devlin award winners were recognized at the CSA Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held this year on May 29th in New Orleans. The award is given to self-propelled merchant vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn


Foss Maritime to pay $1.1m for Oil Damage

Foss Maritime Co. will pay the Suquamish Tribe $1.1 million for environmental and spiritual damage caused by a 2003 oil spill near Edmonds, Snohomish County, reported by the AP. Nearly 4,700 gallons of heavy oil polluted a section of the tribe’s shellfish beds at Indianola when a Foss barge was overfilled at a fueling station at Point Wells on Dec. 30, 2003. The tribe announced that it had reached a settlement with Foss on Feb. 9


Patent Granted for Hybrid Propulsion System

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 Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Foss Maritime receive U.S. patent protection for hybrid marine propulsion and energy management system.   Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Foss Maritime Company with their technology partner XeroPoint Energy, have received U.S. patent protection for their hybrid propulsion and energy management system. AKA, a Canadian system integrator and marine engineering company partnered with Foss


Foss Maritime to Expand Ocean Tug Fleet

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Tug and barge operator to build three new Arctic Class deep-sea tugs at Northwest shipyard. Responding to new oil and gas industry opportunities, Foss Maritime Company will build the first three tugs in an innovative Arctic Class of tugs, a fleet expansion that broadens its capacity to take on large projects in extreme environments.   Construction on the first tug starts in early 2013 at Foss' Rainier, Ore., shipyard


Foss Honored for Hurricane Relief Work

John Tirpak, far right, accepting the hand-embroidered flag award for Foss. The flag is made by a Philadelphia based woman-owned business in the spirit of Betsy Ross.

When Sandy struck New York and New Jersey in October 2012, Foss applied lessons learned from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. A year after Hurricane Sandy struck America's East Coast, the federal government has honored Foss Maritime Company for its part in critical relief work. Vice Admiral Mark D. Harnitchek, director, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), made the award to the Seattle-based company during a ceremony at the agency's headquarters


Brokers Marcon Conclude Ocean Deck Barge Sale

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington says that Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, Seattle, has concluded the sale of its 240’ ABS ocean deck barge “HML 240-2” (ex-Aqua 242, MK-242


Foss Honors Newbuild POLB Fireboat

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The first of two new fireboats built by Foss Maritime for the Port of Long Beach (POLB) was dedicated in a blessing ceremony on Thursday, May 1 at Foss Maritime's Seattle Shipyard, the company said. The vessel, named Fireboat 20, is being readied for service and is slated for delivery to Long


Foss Maritime's Has New Director of Sales

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Foss Maritime announced that Carl Smith has recently joined the company as the Director of Sales and Marketing for its Fleet Services Division based out of Seattle. He will be reporting to Mike Magill, Vice President of Fleet Services.  


Foss Maritime Celebrates 125th Anniversary

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Seattle's Foss Maritime, a company that has evolved from a single rowboat into one of the world's leading marine transportation and harbor services companies, informs that it celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The company was founded in Tacoma, Washington by Thea Foss in 1889


Foss Adds Two Tractor Tugs

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Foss Maritime announced the addition of two tractor tugs to its Columbia River fleet, which will give the company more resources to serve a growing customer base at regional port facilities. The first of these 4,400-horsepower tugs will begin river operations as early as November. 


CSA Honors 80 Foss Vessels for Environmental Excellence

Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio presents Susan Hayman of Foss the award for environmental achievement.

The Arthur Foss, the Justine Foss and many other Foss Maritime vessels have been free of environmental mishaps for the past 20 years. In fact, 80 tugs and barges owned by the Seattle-based company, which has one of the nation's largest coastal tug and barge fleet


ARO and Foss Begin Joint Venture

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ASRC Energy Services Response Operations, LLC, a leading offshore spill response operator in Alaska, and Foss Maritime Company, one of the nation's largest coastal tug and barge operators, have formed a joint venture to together pursue marine services opportunities throughout Alaska


Main Iron Works Built Tug Returning Home

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that the 5,570BHP tug Jabbar has been sold by Awal Marine Services of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain to TradeWinds Towing LLC of Saint Augustine, Florida. Jabbar, meaning “powerful” or “tremendous” in Arabic


Aloha Foss Maritime

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Hawaiian Tug & Barge, which provides harbor support services in all major ports of Hawaii, has adopted new colors and a new name: Foss Maritime Company. Founded by Young Brothers Ltd., Hawaiian Tug & Barge (HTB) was formed as a sister company to separate harbor operations and charter


Foss is Upbeat on the Arctic

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Foss Maritime Builds New Ice-Class Tugs as it embarks on a new Arctic Challenge.  To support growing Arctic business, Seattle-based Foss Maritime Company is building three ocean-going tugs at its Rainier Shipyard in Oregon on the Columbia River


Foss Assists Lab in Hydrogen Fuel Research

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Foss Maritime and one of America's most prestigious national research laboratories are joining in a project aimed at producing cleaner air, less costly fuel and a healthier environment. Seattle-based Foss and its Hawaiian subsidiary, Young Brothers Ltd


Foss Orders Newbuild Modular Barge

Foss Maritime is building a new ocean-going barge that will give the company an additional asset to transport large modules both domestically and internationally. The new vessel will be Jones Act qualified. Its anticipated maiden voyage from South Korea to Alaska's rugged North Slope will take


Kongsberg Technology Chosen for 10 Petrobas Newbuilds

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Kongsberg Maritime inform it has been contracted to deliver substantial technology packages for ten new pipelaying vessels ordered by Brazilian multinational energy corporation, Petrobras. In contracts valued approx. NOK 118 Million, the scope of supply includes Kongsberg Maritime's leading


New Director of Engineering for Foss

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Foss Maritime announced that Michael Minnig has been promoted to Director of Engineering. Minnig joined Foss in 2012 with more than 15 years of naval architecture experience in vessel design, shipyard construction support, and project management


Foss Meets Growing Modular Business with New Barge

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Foss Maritime is building a new ocean-going barge that will give the company an additional asset to transport large modules both domestically and internationally. The new vessel will be Jones Act qualified. Its anticipated maiden voyage from South Korea to Alaska's rugged North Slope will take






 
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