Foss christens first of four Tier 4 tugs

The following is text of a news release from Foss Maritime:

(SEATTLE) — Foss Maritime christened Jamie Ann on Feb. 29, the first of four new ASD-90 tugs under construction at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, Wash. Its three sisters — Sarah Averick, Leisa Florence, and Rachael Allen — are due to deliver this year for service within the Saltchuk Marine family of companies.
Jamie Ann’s upgrades include two MTU Tier 4 engines producing 6,866 horsepower, which meet the EPA’s highest standards. The engines reduce particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions to near zero through an SCR (selective catalytic reduction) system but are also powerful enough to escort the largest tankers and containerships calling the U.S. West Coast ports it will serve.  
Jamie Ann is slated to arrive mid-March in San Francisco, where it will join Foss Maritime’s Harbor Services fleet.

“We’re building these vessels to the most stringent emissions standards in the world,” said Janic Trepanier, the Foss naval architect managing the project. “These were built to satisfy the requirements of the state of California — requirements we believe will soon be required of the rest of the country and the world.”
The vessel's upgraded safety features are equally impressive and focus on crew safety on deck, wheelhouse visibility, winch operations and sound abatement in the engine room and staterooms.

The vessel’s namesake, Jamie Ann Goldberg, the daughter of Saltchuk co-founder Fred Goldberg, addressed the crowd gathered at Nichols Brothers to christen the vessel.

By Professional Mariner Staff