Oil Patch Bits: Foss christens third ice-class ocean tug
The final of three state-of-the-art Arctic class tugs, the Nicole Foss, was christened in June at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Washington. Built at the Foss Rainier, Oregon, shipyard, the Nicole is designed to operate in the extreme conditions of the far north, and will enter service this summer.
“It made me think of what has been accomplished at the Rainier Shipyard and the care that goes into each and every vessel. The craftsman of the men and women at Rainier rivals the best yards in the world, and these vessels reflect their desire to provide a world-class product to the mariners that will sail on them. The Nicole Foss is truly a job well done,” said Scott Merritt, COO of Foss.
The Nicole Foss is ice class Do, meaning the hulls are designed specifically for polar waters and are reinforced to maneuver in ice. The first of the three Arctic tugs, the Michele Foss debut in 2015, and in her first year of operation lead the way in safely pioneering a new route across the North Slope, while operating in extreme conditions of first year ice a meter thick. The Denise has also continued to exceed expectations and will return to the far north this summer.
Editor’s note: Some of these items will appear in the next Arctic Oil & Gas Directory, a full color magazine that serves as a marketing tool for Petroleum News’ contracted advertisers. The next edition will be released in September.