Nichols Brothers Boat Builders launched the MV Leisa Florence, Foss’ newest ASD-90 Tug built by NBBB. Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Nichols Brothers Launches Latest ASD-90 Tug for Foss Maritime

Mike Schuler
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November 19, 2020

The third of four ASD-90 Class tugs for Foss Maritime has been launched at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders yard in Freeland, Washington this week.

The 100’ x 40’ Z-Drive tractor tugs are designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants in Seattle, Washington and built to United States Coast Guard Subchapter “M” regulatory standards, with ABS loadline certification, and UWILD notation.

The vessels are equipped with two MTU series 4000 main engines, meeting Tier 4 emission standards, coupled to Kongsberg US255 azimuth thrusters. The propulsion package will produce over 90 tons of bollard pull giving the tug high pulling power and maneuverability. The vessel is outfitted with Mackay Marine Electronics and Markey winches forward for ship assist and aft for barge towing.

Foss welcomed the MV Jamie Ann and the MV Sarah Avrick into their fleet in April and September, respectfully. The third tug just launched, named MV Leisa Florence, is expected to join the fleet in December after final outfitting and trials are completed at NBBB.

“We are excited to see the Leisa Florence launched in these difficult times. We look forward to seeing the Leisa at work for our customers,” said Will Roberts, COO at Foss Maritime.

“The launch of every vessel is a special moment in its construction, bringing the boat into it’s natural environment” said NBBB CEO Gavin Higgins. “We are very proud of the opportunity Foss has given us with this series of tugs. The team have worked very hard to complete all three vessels in these difficult and challenging times, with the forth vessel coming shortly.”

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