Friday, March 6, 2020

Foss Christens First of Four New Tugs

By Karen Robes Meeks

Foss Maritime recently christened its newest ASD-90 tug, the Jamie Ann, one of four being built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, Wash.

Upgrades to the new tug features a pair of MTU Tier 4 engines that can generate 6,866 horsepower. It also meets EPA’s highest standards, curbing particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions to near zero through a Selective Catalytic Reduction system.

“We’re building these vessels to the most stringent emissions standards in the world,” said Janic Trepanier, the Foss naval architect managing the project. “These were built to satisfy the requirements of the State of California – requirements we believe will soon be required of the rest of the country and the world.”

The Jamie Ann is expected to be deployed this month to Foss Harbor Services in San Francisco Bay, supporting Foss Maritime’s Oil and Gas customers.

The remaining tugs – the Sarah Averick, the Leisa Florence, and the Rachael Allen – are anticipated for delivery later this year.