Michele Returns to Seattle after Pacific Circumnavigation
The tug Michele Foss in early October completed a four-month, 16,000-mile circumnavigation of the Pacific Ocean, heading from Seattle to Tahiti to tow a powerless ship to Korea before returning to the Pacific Northwest.
The high-powered ocean going tug was enlisted to tow a 431-foot, Philippine-registered bulk carrier to Korea for permanent repairs after temporary repairs had been performed in Tahiti. The ship had lost power and run aground near Raroia Atoll.
The Michele Foss is one of three Arctic Class tugs built at Foss Rainier Shipyard. The tug is 132-feet long, 41 feet in beam and is rated at 7,268 horsepower. The vessel entered service in 2015.