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Foss Maritime’s Third Arctic Class Ocean Tug is Nearly Complete

February 17, 2017

Dynamic videos show construction of the Nicole Foss

RAINIER, Ore., – Foss Maritime has released two time-lapse videos of the construction of the third of three state-of-the-art Arctic Class tugs being built at the Rainier, OR. shipyard. The tug is expected to enter service later this year.

The tug 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 tugs, 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.

The short videos show construction from April of 2016 to January 2017.
The first of two videos 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.
A 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, Washington to have a Markey Machinery tow winch installed, before returning to Rainier for her wheelhouse installation.



The videos are also available on the Foss YouTube channel, or on the Foss website, with continuing updates and photography available via inquiry, or on social media at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Foss Maritime CEO Transition Complete

January 12, 2017

John Parrott begins 2017 as President and CEO of Foss

SEATTLE, WA – John Parrott assumed the role of President and CEO of Foss Maritime on January 1, 2017, after successfully completing a four-month transition announced last July. Parrott joined Foss in January 2016 as Chief Operating Officer; in August 2016 he assumed the role of President from retiring President and CEO Paul Stevens.

 John Parrott, President & CEO, Foss Maritime
“We’re fortunate to have such experienced maritime professionals and leaders within our companies,” said Tim Engle, President of Saltchuk, Foss’ parent company. “John’s contributions at TOTE Maritime and his 28 years of experience both on the water and shoreside give him a unique perspective that has served us well. I am truly excited to see John lead Foss as it continues to innovate and deliver on its promise of safe, reliable service to our customers.”

Parrott completed a “listening tour” in early 2016, which included visiting Foss employees at work throughout the company. He visited with mariners on workboats in the Gulf of Alaska, California, Hawaii and Washington and craftspeople building and repairing ships at Foss’ Seattle and Rainier, Oregon shipyards. Parrot begins the year with a focus on enhancing communication and efficiency within the 127-year-old company.

“It’s a great honor to lead Foss and work with the talented and dedicated maritime professionals that make it such an amazing company,” said Parrott. “We have an exciting road ahead of us.”

On January 1, upon retirement from Foss, Stevens transitioned to a new role at Saltchuk’s corporate home office. As Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Stevens will support various strategic initiatives currently underway and will help support Saltchuk’s growth activities.

Employees honor fallen veterans at four Western Washington cemeteries, Arlington

December 20, 2016

Volunteers representing Interstate, Carlile, TOTE Maritime, Foss, and Saltchuk corporate home marked National Wreaths Across America Day with local tributes


By Hilary Reeves

Wreaths unloaded at Evergreen Washelli in Seattle

Wreaths being unloaded at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle

 Forty employee volunteers gathered in four Western Washington cemeteries Saturday to honor fallen veterans by placing holiday wreaths on their graves. The tribute – one of 1,100 coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, across the country, at sea, and abroad – marked National Wreaths Across America Day for employees at Interstate Distributor, Carlile, TOTE Maritime, Foss Maritime, and Saltchuk corporate home.

 At Evergreen-Washelli Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Seattle, 2,000 wreaths were laid. Another 90 were placed on veteran graves at nearby Lake View Cemetery. The cemetery on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), south of Tacoma, saw 900 wreaths.

Families and community members came to help lay wreaths at Old Soldiers Cemetery in Orting

But it was the 1,265 wreaths laid at the Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery in Orting, a small town northeast of the base, that truly embodied the spirit of Wreaths Across America to Scott Manthey, who spearheaded this year’s efforts.

“It’s sort of a forgotten cemetery, and we don’t want anyone forgotten,” said Manthey, Interstate’s Vice President of Safety and Compliance. “I drive by it every day. There’s a quote that says a solider dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken. When we place the wreaths, we say their names aloud.”

The origins of Wreaths Across America date back to 1992. That December, Maine business owner Morris Worcester of Worcester Wreath Co. found himself with a surplus of wreaths. Remembering the trip he took to Arlington cemetery as a boy, he contacted Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, who alongside a legion of Maine volunteers helped coordinate the delivery of Worcester’s extra wreaths to graves in one of the older, overlooked sections of the cemetery.

In 2005, a photo of wreath-laden grave sites covered in snow received national press. Thousands of requests poured in from companies and individuals and companies wanting to emulate Morris’s tribute.

Interstate trucks decorated for Wreaths Across America promote and raise awareness of the event year round

Interstate trucks decorated for Wreaths Across America promote and raise awareness of the event year round

Last year, 168 transportation and logistics companies volunteered to deliver more than 300 loads of wreaths, including Interstate. Manthey has been involved since 2009.

“It’s a big deal for us,” he said. “My first exposure to the event was at a Truckload Carriers Association conference years ago. Baylor Trucking did a presentation; it was very moving. From that point on, I volunteered my time.”

Manthey later approached Interstate and was given the green light to utilize the company’s resources to help haul wreaths from Maine to Virginia and back to Western Washington.

“For us, being right outside JBLM and having so many veterans here, it’s a very special event.”

Josh Roddenberry who served two tours in Afghanistan was selected as one of the two Interstate drivers to make the trip to Maine this year

Josh Roddenberry who served two tours in Afghanistan was selected as one of the two Interstate drivers to make the trip to Maine this year

Manthey said it’s an honor to be selected to drive the special, decorated trucks that transport wreaths the from Maine. Once Interstate was selected to send drivers, it developed an in-house selection process that gives preference to veterans. Two Interstate drivers are selected each year. This year’s drivers were David McFadden, a Navy veteran who served aboard the U.S.S. Virginia, transported wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery; and Josh Roddenberry, who served more than eight years including two tours in Afghanistan as an Infantry Paratrooper in the U.S. Army, brought them home to Western Washington.

“The true heroes are the ones who served our nation, and even gave their lives for us without asking for fame or fortune,” McFadden said.

Roddenberry added that representing Interstate’s military veterans and the company itself was paramount.

“It wasn’t ‘just another load,’” he explained. “It was the most important load of my driving career so far.”

For Manthey, the continued support of Interstate and Saltchuk lends to the feeling of community.

David McFadden with the team that helped unload wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC

David McFadden with the team that helped unload wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC

“When I first asked (Interstate CEO Marc Rogers) about participating, he could have said ‘no,’ but he didn’t. And Saltchuk’s support is so important. When you talk about a good place to work and giving back to the community – again, you think about Saltchuk allowing us to do this, and being an active participant.”

Manthey said special thanks was in order for everyone who participated in the local event.

Meanwhile, the long drive to Maine gave McFadden plenty of time to reflect on the importance of the day, and the sacrifices made by veterans around the world.

“The way I see it is this: my name is David Warren McFadden. They don’t know me, but they love me enough to die for me. We should all be eternally grateful for and never forget their names.”


Click here to see photos from the events

Conrad Shipyard Lays Keels for Young Brothers Tugs

November 29, 2016

yb-tugMorgan City, LA: Conrad Shipyard held the Keel Laying Ceremony for the four Damen Stan 3711® Kāpena Class tugs now under construction for Young Brothers, Limited of Hawaii.

On hand for the ceremony was Glenn Hong, President of Young Brothers, Ltd; Jonathan Parrott, President of Foss Marine, Young Brothers’ sister company; and, Tim Engle and Mark Tabbutt with Saltchuk, the parent company of both. Also attending and delivering remarks was Kommer Damen, Chairman and CEO of Damen Shipyard, and Jim Watson, President of ABS Americas. A number of local officials were also present, including Morgan City Mayor Frank P. Grizzaffi III, Port Director Mac Wade and Councilman Lou Tamporello. Dan Conrad, Senior Vice President Conrad Shipyard served as moderator. The Morgan City High School Band, under the direction of Band Leader Michael Swiber, presented the colors, and Monsignor Doug Courville delivered the Invocation.

Young Brothers, based in Honolulu, is Hawaii’s largest interisland transportation company. Hong explained that the word Kāpena means Captain in Hawaiian and each of the four vessels is to be named after a legendary tug Captain from Young Brothers’ storied 115-year history. “We are investing to serve the Hawaiian Islands for decades into the future,” he said. “Young Brothers is a company with a long tradition of giving back to the communities we serve, and we are delighted to join with Conrad, a company with a matching philosophy.” Hong shook each hand of the many members of the Conrad shipbuilding team gathered for the ceremony and praised them for their distinguished reputation for quality and craftsmanship. “We wish you well as you bring these ships to life,” he said.

Johnny Conrad, Chairman and CEO of Conrad Shipyard said that Damen Shipyards was instrumental in Conrad securing the contract. “Damen’s global footprint and their unique business plan of standardization streamlines construction and provides costeffective solutions to our customers,” he said. Kommer Damen said that Damen Shipyards is looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Conrad and Young Brothers, and Jim Watson of ABS stated that the partnership was a perfect match for a US-built, crewed and flagged vessel.

Johnny Conrad summed up the Conrad customer advantage. “Conrad Shipyard’s founding principles of Quality, Craftsmanship, Integrity and Service have served us well over our rich almost 70-year history; and I am confident that these principles and the Conrad focus on customer satisfaction will serve Young Brothers as well,” he said. Photo: Glenn Hong, President of Young Brothers, Limited of Hawaii holds a framed print of the Kāpena Jack Young, the first of the new vessels to be delivered.

For Additional Information Contact: Dan T. Conrad, Senior Vice President Conrad Shipyard

Tropical Shipping Announces Port Change in Canadian Service

November 22, 2016


Palm Beach, FL:  Tropical Shipping is committed to providing the highest quality, on-time shipping services to our customers. Please be advised of the following change to our port operations in Canada.

Effective January 9th, 2017, Tropical Shipping will move its port operations to Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This move will improve our long term commitment to our customers with improved intermodal connections and terminal capacity designed to meet market demands. Tropical Shipping’s Canadian service will continue to provide a weekly sailing every Monday from the Halterm Container Terminal, Halifax.

Tropical Shipping’s last sailing from the Port of Saint John will be December 27, 2016.

We want to thank the Port of Saint John and Logistec for their valued partnership and excellent service over the past 15 years. The Port of Saint John has been a supporter of Tropical Shipping and we appreciate the relationship.

Tropical Shipping has had a presence in Canada for over 30 years. It is our belief that this strategic move will better align Tropical Shipping now and in the future with the ability to service the Canadian market with the best shipping service to Florida, The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Tropical Shipping will maintain its local office in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Tropical Shipping values the close relationships we have built with our customers throughout our more than 50-year history. Thank you for choosing us as your carrier of choice. For further information, please contact your local sales representative or the Canadian Customer Service Team at 866-767-6576.

Complete contact listings, including telephone and fax numbers and email address information can be found 24/7/365 on our website on the Bookings and Customer Service page – found in the Contact area of our website,