Arctic directory 2019: Powerful harbor tug Bering Wind coming to Anchorage
Foss Maritime said Oct. 29 that the Bering Wind, a powerful Dolphin class tugboat, is being transferred from the Foss fleet in Long Beach, California, to Cook Inlet Tug & Barge in Anchorage.
The tug, formerly known as the Campbell Foss, is scheduled to begin service in Anchorage in November. The vessel was renamed in October of this year and is scheduled to enter service in Alaska in approximately Nov. 15.
“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 & Barge. “It will also ensure safe port operations can be conducted during the anticipated Port revitalization project which will commence in spring of 2019.”
The boat was built by Foss in 2005. In 2011, it was converted to hybrid power, the firstever tugboat converted to become a hybrid. The Bering Wind is one of the most powerful harbor tugs in the industry. Powered by two engines and twin Rolls Royce US 205 FP Z drives, the Campbell Foss is rated at 5,080 horsepower and has more than 135 tons of pulling power. Its diesel-electric hybrid service is provided on one 125-kilowatt Marathon generator set.
The Bering Wind will be based out of Anchorage and has been repainted with the recognizable blue and white colors of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge.