Pacific Maritime Magazine - Marine Business for the Operations Sector

Nichols Brothers to Build Foss Tugs


January 1, 2019

Foss Maritime of Seattle, which had earlier decided not to build a series of Dutch-designed tugboats at its now-closed yard on the Columbia River (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Aug. 2018) has ordered a series of four 90-ton bollard pull tractor tugs from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Washington with an option for six more.

The 100-foot by 40-foot Z-drive tugs will be built to a design drawn up by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle and will be completed to USCG Subchapter “M” regulatory standards with ABS loadline certification and UWILD notation.

Power will be provided by twin MTU series 4000 main engines meeting Tier 4 emission standards and driving Rolls-Royce US255 azimuth thrusters.

Deck equipment will include Markey winches. The tugs are to be delivered beginning in the winter of 2020 for operation along the West Coast.


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