Foss Maritime and Tug Construction, LLC are pleased to announce an agreement for Foss to bareboat charter the Earl W Redd from Tug Construction. The Earl W Redd will sail from Portland, Oregon to Massachusetts later this month to begin work on Foss ‘s offshore wind projects. “Foss is proud to be involved in the creation of the first large-scale offshore wind installation in the US. The Earl W Redd is a great addition to the Foss fleet and will allow our skilled mariners to safely accomplish complex projects. This investment along with the ongoing development of our Offshore Wind terminal in New Bedford further expands our presence in Massachusetts and will allows us to continue the expansion of our services to the emerging offshore wind market in the Northeast,” said Joel Whitman, President of Business Development Foss Offshore Wind.
Tug Construction contracted Diversified Marine, Inc to build the Earl W Redd in 2017. The tug ushered in the Tier IV era as the first-Tier IV workboat in the US. Main equipment consists of Caterpillar 3516E main engines (5,350 HP), Rolls Royce US255 FP Drives, Markey DEPC-48 Bow winch and a Markey TESD-34 Double Drum Tow winch. After delivery, the Earl was chartered to Harley Marine, then to Foss and Saltchuk Marine’s Cook Inlet Tug & Barge before being returned in May of 2021. “The Earl W Redd is an extremely capable and versatile vessel. Our crew has experience with the boat, and we are excited to have it back in the fleet. When we started planning for this project, the Earl checked all the boxes we were looking for. Tug Construction was our first call, and we are happy to announce this charter,” said Chris Mack, Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime.
“We are excited to continue the partnership with Foss and look forward to seeing the Earl W Redd at work in offshore wind. It is an excellent boat for this project. Diversified Marine built a great boat with no expenses spared on equipment. We look forward to continuing to support Foss with their vessel needs and hope to build more wind boats soon.” Said Frank Manning, Director of Business Development at Tug Construction. Foss Maritime and Tug Construction have a history of working together. In 2019, Foss Maritime acquired the Michelle Sloan, Lela Franco, Dr. Hank Kaplan and Rich Padden from Tug Construction. All four boats were built by Diversified Marine, Inc for Tug Construction.
ABOUT FOSS OFFSHORE WIND
Foss Offshore Wind brings the reputation for safety, expertise and quality which Foss has brought to customers around the globe for well over a century to the rapidly expanding US offshore wind market. Operating from its terminal facilities in New Bedford, Massachusetts Foss Offshore Wind offers a full range of market leading marine transportation, laydown, construction support, vessel supply and windfarm operations and maintenance services.
ABOUT FOSS MARITIME
Founded in 1889 Seattle based Foss Maritime offers a complete range of maritime services and project management to customers across the Pacific Rim, Europe, South America, and around the globe. Foss has one of the largest fleets of tugs and barges on the American West Coast. The company has harbor services and transportation operations in all major U.S. West Coast ports, including the Columbia and
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