On 6 June Foss Maritime christened their third Arctic-class ocean tug, Nicole Foss, at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Washington. She will enter service later this summer joining sisters Michele Foss and Denise Foss.
Nicole Engle, one of three sisters who are the primary shareholders of Saltchuk, parent company of Foss Maritime, christened the new tug.
Built at the company’s Rainier Shipyard on the Columbia River, the 132-foot tug incorporates several environmentally focused designs including no ballast tanks thus eliminating the possibility of transporting invasive species, black and gray water holding tanks and hydraulic oil systems compatible with biodegradable oil.
Now the largest tug and towing concern on the west coast of the United States, Foss was founded in 1889 by Thea Foss who began business by buying a single rowboat for five dollars, painting it white with green trim and then selling it for $15. She then went on to sell and rent boats to fishermen for 50 cents a day.