Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hybrid Tug for Foss

By Karen Robes Meeks

A Dolphin Class tugboat from Foss is expected to begin servicing in Alaska this week. Foss is transferring the Bering Wind tugboat – formerly the Campbell Foss – from Long Beach, California, to Cook Inlet Tug & Barge in Anchorage this month.

Two Series II Caterpillar engines and twin Rolls Royce US 205 FP Z drives power this tugboat, giving her more than 135 tons of pulling power, according to Foss. “The addition of the Bering Wind to our Anchorage based fleet of tugs will improve our current level of service in the Port,” said Ben Stevens, president of Cook Inlet Tug and Barge. “It will also ensure safe port operations can be conducted during the anticipated Port revitalization project which will commence in spring of 2019.”

Built in 2005 by Foss, the tugboat was one of first in the industry to be outfitted with hybrid power in 2011.

“We are extremely proud of the role that this ground-breaking vessel has had in our fleet – it has been one of the gems of our operations,” said John Parrott, CEO of Cook Inlet Tug and Barge parent company Foss Maritime. “We are very excited to see her becoming a vital part of the Alaska maritime economy.”