Denise foss tug

Foss Maritime Christens New ‘Arctic’ Tug

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June 7, 2016

Denise Foss tug. Credit: Foss Maritime

Foss Maritime has christened its second of three state-of-the-art Arctic Class tugs designed to operate in the extreme conditions up in Alaska and the Arctic in support of the oil and gas industry.

The tug, named Denise Foss, was built at the Foss Rainier, OR. Shipyard and christened last week at the new Foss Waterway Seaport waterfront located Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

The tug is ice class D0, meaning the hulls are designed specifically for polar waters and are reinforced to maneuver in first year ice up to a meter thick. The first tug in the class, Michele Foss, debuted in 2015 and has been working along Alaska’s North Slope.

Like the Michele, the Denise complies with the requirements in the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Vessels Intended to Operate in Polar Waters, including ABS A1 standards, SOLAS and Green Passport. The tugs include a Caterpillar C280-8 main engine, which complies with the highest federal environmental standards; a Nautican propulsion system; Reintjes reduction gears; and a tow winch supplied by Markey Machinery.

The tugs have a bollard pull of 110 tons.

Mike Magill, Vice President of Foss’ Technical Services, praised the team at the Rainier Shipyard-many who were present for the christening held last Wednesday, June 1. “The Rainier shipyard is now gone 879 days without a Lost Time Incident,” said Magill. “In an industry where far too often injuries and accidents are answered with excuses, the Rainier team has taken responsibility to embrace our safety culture and the results bear this out.”

“The christening ceremony is our way of honoring our history,” commented Foss COO John Parrott during his opening remarks. “The boat sitting behind me represents our future.”


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