Foss Maritime Announces Closure of Seattle Shipyard


October 30, 2021 – Seattle, WA – Foss Maritime announces with deep regret that its Seattle shipyard located in North Queen Anne is permanently closed, effective today, October 30, 2021. The shipyard closure does not affect any other area of Foss’s operations. 

The difficult decision is a result of Foss Maritime’s regular evaluation of business lines and follows the company’s diligent effort to improve the viability of the Seattle shipyard over many years. 

“While the closure of the Seattle shipyard is a strategic decision for the future of Foss, it is not a decision we have taken lightly,” said Will Roberts, President of Foss Maritime. “We have employees and families who have been with us for decades; our priority is assisting them in this transition.” 

Shipyard employees will continue to receive salary, benefits, and an average of overtime wages through the end of the year, though with no work requirement, as operations have ceased.  

Moving forward, Foss will utilize other Pacific Northwest shipyard operations to meet its fleet maintenance and repair needs.  


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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 offers worldwide marine transportation, emphasizing safety, environmental responsibility and high-quality service. See for more information.