Foss to add two tractor tugs to Columbia River fleet

Foss Maritime has added two tractor tugs to its Columbia River fleet, which will give the company more resources to serve a growing customer base at regional port facilities.

The first of these 4,400-hp tugs will begin river operations as early as November.

“The two high horsepower tractor tugs are in demand on the Columbia River due to larger ships calling on the region with new terminal and upriver construction projects and business growth in a variety of sectors,” said Scott Merritt, Foss Maritime’s senior vice president for Harbor Services.

The tugs are named the Tiger 8 and Tiger 9 and were built at the  Kewalo Shipyard in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2009. The 86’x34’x14′ Tigers have a transit speed of 12 knots and are equipped with Caterpillar 3516 Tier Two engines.

Tiger 8 will begin river work immediately upon arrival, while Tiger 9 will first be retrofitted to improve accommodations before going to work.

The Tigers are just the latest equipment Foss has added to its Columbia River operations. In 2012 the company stationed the pilot boat Connor Foss, built at the Rainier shipyards, in Astoria, Ore.

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