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Foss fleet expansion drives additions of Hap Richards and John Hie to directors’ team

Foss Maritime Co., which says it is poised for a surge in new vessel construction, has announced two key additions to its directors' team: Hap Richards has been promoted to Director of New Construction while Jon Hie has been named Director of Shipyard Operations.

In Richards' new post he will have responsibility for new construction strategies for all of Foss' vessel construction projects. Hie will have responsibility for the operations of Foss' shipyards, oversee commercial vessel repair and maintenance work, and support Foss' fleet engineering requirements.

The appointments come as Foss embarks on a significant expansion of its tug and barge fleet, Foss says.  

The company starts work in 2013 on the first of three new Arctic-class deep-sea tugs built for customer service in the booming oil and gas industry, Foss says, while continuing to serve the maintenance and repair needs of commercial and recreational vessels at its Seattle and Rainier yards.

“Foss is entering a new construction phase that will emphasize safety, efficiency and the environment,” said Gary Faber, Foss Maritime’s president and COO, in a company press release. “Those are our customers’ paramount concerns. They are at the core of Foss’ corporate culture. It is why Foss is turning to an industry veteran like Hap Richards to focus exclusively on new build projects, while seasoned operations director Jon Hie maintains and grows our core repair business.”

Richards brings more than three decades of maritime experience to his position, Foss says. Prior to joining Foss in 2003, Richards had oversight over new construction projects at Whidbey Island-based Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, where he served on the company’s board of directors. He has had positions of increasing responsibility, including foreman, yard superintendent, project manager and production manager. He has worked at both of Foss' shipyards at Rainer, Ore., on the Columbia River, and in Seattle, where he has been production manager at the company’s Ballard facility since 2006.

Hie comes to Foss Maritime from Hawaii, where he was a Kirby Corp. division manager in the islands. A 1990 graduate of the California Maritime Academy, Hie has a degree in marine engineering. He has been employed both on shore and ship-board in a variety of positions on the East Coast, the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean.

“Foss Maritime has a well-earned reputation for innovation and a culture that stresses safety and the environment,” Hie said. “It doesn’t matter what coast you’re on: People are talking about Foss’ commitment to excellence.”

Foss’ shipyards serve United States government vessels, the petroleum and timber industries, fishing fleets, high-speed passenger vessels and private yachts for dry dock maintenance and repair.



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