78 Foss Maritime Vessels Honored for Environmental Excellence

Thirty-eight Vessels Boast 10-plus Years of Incident Free Operation

SEATTLE, Wash., Nov. 16, 2015 – The Arthur Foss, the Drew Foss, and the Wedell Foss are just a few of the many Foss Maritime vessels that have been free of environmental mishaps for more than 20 years. With a combined 858 years without an incident, 78 Foss Maritime and subsidiary companies’ tugs and tank barges have been recognized by a major maritime organization for their environmental safety records.

Chamber of Shipping of America, Evironmental Achievement Awards
Bruce Fernie, CSA Chair; Susan Hayman, Foss; Read Admiral Paul Thomas; Kathy Metcalf, CSA President and CEO

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) announced the 2015 Environmental Achievement Awards honoring the Seattle-based company’s work on Nov. 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C.. Foss and its sister companies have 38vessels with 10 or more years without an environmental incident, with 12 of those vessels achieving 20-plus years of environmental excellence.

“We’re honored by the award,” said Paul Stevens, president and CEO.”Our corporate culture at Foss is to have the highest safety standards and care for the environment. Our customers demand this care and vigilance. Having 78 vessels recognized for environmental merit truly underscores our dedication.”

The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels that operate on oceans or inland waterways.

“Foss’ environmental values are a key element in all of our business strategies,” said Susan Hayman, vice president of HSQE and External Affairs at Foss. “We engineer and build our state-of-the-art vessels to exceed environmental and safety requirements. It’s this commitment that helps make Foss an industry leader.”

“These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore-side who operate our vessels to the highest standards,” said Kathy J. Metcalf, president of CSA, praising the award recipients for their commitment to serving as stewards of the environment.

A list of the vessels receiving the 2015 Environmental Achievement Award is posted on CSA’s website www.knowships.org. Click on “Press Releases”.
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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 www.foss.com for more information.
The Chamber of Shipping of America represents 30 U.S. based companies that either own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, container ships, dry bulk vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades and companies that maintain a commercial interest in the operation of such oceangoing vessels. Current members include companies that own or operate U.S. flag or foreign-flag ships. A company owning or operating only foreign-flag tonnage must have an office in the United States to qualify for membership.