CSA honors 78 Foss vessels for environmental excellence

(SEATTLE) — Arthur Foss, Drew Foss and Wedell Foss are just a few of the many Foss Maritime vessels that have been free of environmental mishaps for more than 20 years. With a combined 858 years without an incident, 78 Foss Maritime and subsidiary companies' tugs and tank barges have been recognized by a major maritime organization for their environmental safety records.

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) announced the 2015 Environmental Achievement Awards honoring the Seattle-based company's work on Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C. Foss and its sister companies have 38 vessels with 10 or more years without an environmental incident, with 12 of those vessels achieving 20-plus years of environmental excellence.  

"We're honored by the award," said Paul Stevens, president and CEO. "Our corporate culture at Foss is to have the highest safety standards and care for the environment. Our customers demand this care and vigilance. Having 78 vessels recognized for environmental merit truly underscores our dedication."  

The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels that operate on oceans or inland waterways.

"Foss' environmental values are a key element in all of our business strategies," said Susan Hayman, vice president of HSQE and external affairs at Foss. "We engineer and build our state-of-the-art vessels to exceed environmental and safety requirements. It's this commitment that helps make Foss an industry leader."

"These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore-side who operate our vessels to the highest standards," said Kathy J. Metcalf, president of CSA, praising the award recipients for their commitment to serving as stewards of the environment.

 A list of the vessels receiving the 2015 Environmental Achievement Award is posted on CSA's website. To view the list, click here.

By Professional Mariner Staff