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Foss Vessels Environmental Excellence


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. (

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 Vessels Amass Safety Awards

Foss Maritime awards: Photo CSA

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 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 Christens New Arctic Class Ocean Tug

The Michele Foss Arctic Class Tug (Photo: Foss)

The first of three Arctic Class tugs being built at the Foss Rainier, Ore. Shipyard was christened Thursday, April 9, at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Wash. The vessel, the Michele Foss, will see its first assignment on an oil field sealift this summer from South Korea to the Alaskan Arctic.   Mike Magill, Vice President of Foss' Technical Services, made opening remarks at the christening, praising the hardworking men and women who constructed the vessel.    

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

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


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

New Director of Engineering for Foss

Michael Minnig

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. He has a background in vessel stability assessment, structural engineering including finite element analysis and 3-D modeling. "Michael brings strong technical skills coupled with extensive industry experience to his new position

Foss Honors Newbuild POLB Fireboat

Photo courtesy Foss

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 Beach, Calif., this summer. Gary Faber, Foss Senior Vice President, made opening remarks and praised the hardworking men and women who helped construct the vessel

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter.   Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been

American Maritime Safety Award For Foss

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American Maritime Safety recognized Foss Maritime's efforts in building and maintaining a strong culture of safety by awarding the company the American Maritime Safety Award for the implementation and management of zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy.   

MN100: Nautican

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The Company: Nautican engineers and manufactures hydrodynamic solutions that increase power and maneuverability, while significantly reducing fuel use and maintenance needs. Nautican offers Integrated Propulsion Units, High Efficiency Nozzles and Propellers, high aspect ratio Triple Rudders

Damen Bags First Order from US Office

Stan Tug 3711 (Image: Damen)

Damen USA office hits the ground running with an order from Young Brothers for four Stan Tugs 3711    Damen Shipbuilding Group has established a permanent presence in Houston, with the August 1 opening of a new office headed by senior managers Jan van Hogerwou (New

Conrad to Build Young Brothers' New Tugs

Artist rendering of Damen Stan 3011 tugs to be built by Conrad Shipyard for Young Brothers, Limited. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, La. has signed a contract to build four Damen Stan 3711 tugs for Young Brothers, Limited of Hawaii, announced Conrad President and CEO, Johnny Conrad. The four new twin-screw tugs are 123-feet in length with a 36.5-feet beam and powered by G.E

MARAD Report: Energy Efficiency & Battery Compartment Design


MARAD released an Energy Efficiency White Paper. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of the Energy Efficiency White Paper that provides marine vessel owners and operators information on how to evaluate potential investments in efficiency measures and technologies

Foss Maritime Vessels Receive Safety Award

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has recognized 73 vessels of Foss Maritime and their subsidiary companies with the 2015 Jones F. Devlin award for outstanding safety records. The Jones F. Devlin Award is one of two award programs CSA has sponsored since 1968

Parrott to Take the Helm as Foss Maritime President

John Parrott (Photo: Foss Maritime)

John Parrott to assume role of president of Foss Maritime; Paul Stevens to transition to executive role at parent company    Foss Maritime Company chief operating officer John Parrott will take over the role of president of Foss Maritime

Foss Christens Second Arctic Class Ocean Tug

The Denise Foss, ready for the Arctic far North (Photo: Foss)

The second of three new state-of-the-art Arctic Class tugs, the Denise Foss, was christened June 1, 2016 at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Wash. Built at the Foss Rainier, Ore. Shipyard, the Denise is designed to operate in the extreme conditions of the far north

Injured Fisherman Rescued off New Jersey

Screenshot from USCG video

An injured fisherman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday 62 miles east of Cape May, N.J.   A crew member from the fishing vessel Stacy Lee called Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 12:45 a.m. to request assistance for a crew member who suffered a leg injury.  

Foss Maritime Sells U.S. Flag Tug

Sale of “Benjamin Foss” by Foss Maritime Company of Seattle Photo Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington informed the sale of the 1,700BHP “Benjamin Foss” by Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington to private U.S. interests.   The 78.0’ x 26.3’ x 11.0’ depth x 9

Foss to Open Oregon Customer Service Center

Foss Maritime Company recently announced it will open a consolidated customer service center in Oregon in April 2016.   The company's existing Portland office will be renovated and modernized to incorporate the best available customer service technologies

US Awards Grant for Maritime Apprenticeships

Marine engineering apprenticeship program will create greater access to education and training in maritime and advanced manufacturing fields    Foss Maritime announced today a partnership to establish the curriculum for a new marine engineering apprenticeship program

Noone Named President of TOTE Maritime Alaska

Michael Noone (Photo: TOTE Maritime Alaska)

TOTE Maritime Alaska announced that Michael Noone will assume the role of President, January 1, 2016.   Noone joined TOTE Maritime Alaska as Chief Operating Officer in August 2013, bringing 28 years of experience in the shipping and logistics field

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