PACIFIC MARITIME MAGAZINE
Michele Foss: Foss Maritime’s First Arctic Class Tug
By Peter Marsh
The Michele Foss,the first of three 132-foot tugs being built at the Foss Rainier, Oregon Shipyard, was christened in April at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Washington. This new vessel is the first tug in the western hemisphere built specifically to operate in the harsh arctic environment. The design combines the best features of traditional towboat design with advanced engineering concepts to meet the highest standards of safety and efficiency. Its first assignment will be a sealift this summer of oil field modules from South Korea to the Alaskan Arctic.
Michele Fosscomplies with all SOLAS rules and is classed American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) A1 Towing to enable it to work internationally, and meet the latest ecological and navigation safety standards demanded by the oil and gas industry. MORE