Foss Maritime has closed a shipyard in the US and cancelled an order for up to 10 escort tugs.
The company closed its shipyard on the Columbia River in Rainier, where it was to build 10 azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs to a Damen design. The shipyard was also a repair facility for tugs.
Foss intended to build 10 tugs of an ASD 2813 design for ship assistance and escort in partnership with Damen group. The pair announced their agreement in the fourth quarter of 2017. At the time, Foss president and chief executive John Parrott said the new tugs would “strengthen our fleet to meet the demands of our customers”.
While Foss planned to keep some of the tugs, others would have been marketed to US-based tug operators. Design plans for the tugs put them at 28 m with a power rating of more than 5,000 kW and bollard pull of around 90 tonnes.
Damen confirmed to Tug Technology & Business that its agreement with Foss had been cancelled because of the Rainier shipyard closure.
A spokesman for Damen said it was too early to understand the impact of this setback. He said Damen was “still in discussion about a number of potential projects with Foss,” and he added “we have to see how those discussions evolve.”