Foss’ New Arctic Class Tug Is Nearly Complete

Photo: Foss Maritime

Posted by Eric Haun

Foss Maritime said its third of three new Arctic Class tugs being
built at the Rainier, Ore. shipyard is nearing completion and
expected to enter service later this year.

The tug Nicole Foss is ice class D0, meaning the hulls are
designed specifically for polar waters and are reinforced to
maneuver in ice. Like her sister Arctic Class vessels, it
complies with the requirements in the ABS Guide for Building and
Classing Vessels Intended to Operate in Polar Waters, including
ABS A1 standards, SOLAS and Green Passport.

Two short videos show construction from April of 2016 to January
2017.

The first shows the
hull assembly, construction, flip and installation of the bow and
stern modules, the installation of one of two Caterpillar C280-8
main engines, the superstructure install, and wheelhouse
construction.
The second video
shows construction through the transportation of the hull - which
has Nautican's high efficiency nozzle and rudder assembly, driven
through a set of Reintjes reduction gears - to Vancouver, Wash.
to have a Markey Machinery tow winch installed, before returning
to Rainier for her wheelhouse installation.

Feb 17, 2017

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