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ILWU Local 52 honors Foss Maritime for safety performance

Foss Maritime

From Maritime Professional:

ILWU Marine Clerks Local 52 present first-ever safety award at the PMA ILWU Annual Safety Banquet

Foss Maritime has been recognized by the ILWU Marine Clerks Local 52 for zero injuries at Terminal 5 between March 2015 and February 2016. The first-ever Safety Award given by ILWU […]


Shell Arctic fleet can return to Seattle after favorable ruling

Royal Dutch Shell received some good news on Wednesday, when Seattle’s hearing examiner ruled that the oil and gas giant’s fleet of vessels, including its Polar Pioneer oil rig, could use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5. Foss Maritime Corp. which holds a lease on the terminal has a contract with Shell to service the […]


ILWU Local 19: City officials’ move to limit port cargo is ‘extremely disappointing’

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet’:

Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current contract between the Port of Seattle […]


Innovative new tug for Foss Maritime

The tug is built to ice class DO with the hull designed specifically for polar waters and reinforced to maneuver in ice.

Seattle based Foss Maritime have christened the first of three Arctic Class tugs designed for operation in extreme conditions and now ready for its first job, an oil industry tow from South Korea […]


Environmental groups sue Port of Seattle over Shell oil fleet

A coalition of environmental groups sued the Port of Seattle on Monday to stop the lease of a terminal to Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Arctic oil drilling fleet, arguing a proper environmental review was never conducted, court records showed.

Earthjustice, along with other groups including the Sierra Club, filed the suit in a Washington state […]


Environmental groups target Port of Seattle plan to lease Terminal 5

A coalition of national and state environmental organizations is threatening to go to court to stop the Port of Seattle from leasing Terminal 5 to Foss Marine and become the home port of Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet.

In a letter to the Port, the coalition calls on the commissioners to halt lease negotiations and allow […]


Massive Foss Maritime tugs soon will be bound for the Arctic

An Arctic-bound Foss vessel under construction. The hull is extra stout to withstand rough seas and ice.

The lower Columbia Region’s economic fortunes are becoming increasingly tied to the energy industry, and that’s especially true for one of the area’s oldest companies.

Foss Maritime, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has begun building […]


Portland port dispute leads to residential picket in Longview

The tense, ongoing union battle at the Port of Portland spilled into Cowlitz County Thursday night when a tugboat captain’s home was picketed by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Between 30 and 60 union members carrying signs picketed a home on the 200 block of Niemi Road in rural Longview. Initially, according […]


Foss gains site in Everett, two tugs on Columbia

Foss Maritime made two big announcements this week. Click on the headlines to read the full articles:

Foss Maritime parent firm buys K-C site in Everett:

Kimberly-Clark Corp. has agreed to sell the site of its former waterfront mill to the Seattle-based parent company for Foss Maritime Co. Under the plan, some 250 skilled maritime […]


Foss Maritime to buy Everett property, move 250 Seattle jobs there

Saltchuk, the parent company of the Foss Maritime tug and barge company in Seattle, announced Wednesday it is buying a 66-acre property on the Everett waterfront, formerly Kimberly-Clark’s pulp mill and tissue plant, and will relocate about 250 skilled jobs there from Foss’ current location along Seattle’s Ship Canal.

Mark Tabbutt, chairman of Saltchuk. “We […]