Foss Maritime christened the Jamie Ann, the first of four new ASD-90 tugs under construction at the Nichols Brothers Boat Builders shipyard, in Freeland, Wash. on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Her three sisters: the Sarah Averick, the Leisa Florence, and the Rachael Allen are due to to be delivered this year for service within the Saltchuk Marine family of companies.

The Jamie Ann is slated to arrive mid-March in San Francisco where she will join Foss Maritime’s Harbor Services fleet.

Jamie Ann’s upgrades include two MTU Tier 4 engines producing 6,866 horsepower and meeting the EPA’s highest standards. The engines reduce particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions to near zero through an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system and are powerful enough to escort the largest tankers and containerships calling the U.S. West Coast ports the tug will serve.

“We’re building these vessels to the most stringent emissions standards in the world,” said Janic Trepanier, the Foss naval architect managing the project. “These were built to satisfy the requirements of the State of California – requirements we believe will soon be required of the rest of the country and the world.”

The vessel’s upgraded safety features focus on crew safety on deck, wheelhouse visibility, winch operations and sound abatement in the engine room and staterooms.

The vessel’s namesake, Jamie Ann Goldberg, the daughter of Saltchuk co-founder Fred Goldberg, addressed the crowd gathered at Nichols Brothers last weekend to christen the vessel. Also pictured: David Pearson, Clergy; Gavin Higgins, CEO Nichols Brothers; Janic Trepanier, Naval Architect and Project Manager, Foss.

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