Foss Partners with Seattle Maritime Academy to Provide State-of-the-Art Training for Mariners    

September 21, 2016

Mock up of the simulator complex.

Mock up of the simulator complex.

SEATTLE, Wash.-  Foss Maritime has entered into a four-year agreement with the Seattle Maritime Academy to support their new training facility, which includes a state-of-the-art engine room simulator, a full mission bridge simulator and a computer simulation training laboratory.

Foss’ experienced mariners will have access to the new simulators, along with the customized professional development training offered by Seattle Maritime Academy, to support upgrading or renew licensing, and learn new skills.

“At Foss, safety is our top concern. And when it comes to avoiding accidents, there are three things that really help: practice, practice, and practice. Having as much time as possible on a simulator is an excellent way for mariners to build their skills and confidence in vessel handling, navigation, and equipment handling,” said Scott Merritt senior vice president at Foss.

The new facility will also prepare students new to the industry for maritime careers, with professional/technical programs in Maritime Engineering Technology and Marine Deck Technology.

“We are grateful for Foss’ support and participation as we build this new resource for the community, and are looking forward to working with Foss mariners to build their skills,” said Sarah Scherer, Director/Associate Dean of Seattle Maritime Academy.

“This partnership is a continuation of a strong relationship that also includes successfully placing SMA students with Foss for internships, where they receive at-sea and real world experience, while acquiring the required sea time to upgrading their credentials,” she said.

“Foss, like other companies in the maritime industry, is experiencing increasing demand for skilled mariners as many of our employees near retirement. We are excited to have a high quality program here in Seattle to train the next generation of mariners,” said Darlene Crowder, Vice President of Human Resources.

The Seattle Maritime Building 1, comprising of 24,000 square feet in two floors, opening ceremony will be held on October 6, 2016. The building will be christened, like a vessel. Foss and other industry professionals will be in attendance.

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Founded in 1889, Seattle-based Foss Maritime offers a complete range of maritime services and project management to customers across the Pacific Rim, Europe, South America and around the globe. Foss has one of the largest fleets of tugs and barges on the American West Coast. The company has harbor services and transportation operations in all major U.S. West Coast ports, including the Columbia and Snake River system, Hawaii and Alaska. Foss operates two shipyards and offers worldwide marine transportation, emphasizing safety, environmental responsibility and high-quality service. See for more information.

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