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plete stop while going full ahead within a distance of approximate- ly their length. In addition, they will be able to turn in a circle of not more than their own length.

The new twin-engine tractor tugs will be rated at 3,000 hp and 4,000 hp. The 3,000-hp tugs will have a length of 100 feet, a beam of 36 feet and a draft of 16 feet, and will be powered by two GM-

EMD 12-cylinder E-6 diesel en- gines. The 4,000-hp tugs will have a length of 106 feet, a beam of 38 feet and a draft of 17 feet, and will be powered by two GM-EMD 16-cylinder E-6 diesel engines.

The conceptual design of the new Foss tractor tugs was a com- bination of efforts by Foss man- agement and L.R. Glosten & As- sociates, naval architects. Foss expects the new tugs will begin entering service by mid-1982.

Tacoma Boat To Build

Four Voith Schneider Equipped Tugs

For Foss Launch



Foss Launch & Tug Co., Se- attle, Wash., announced recently the signing of a contract agree- ment with Tacoma Boatbuilding

Co., Tacoma, for the construction of four tractor tugs of a new de- sign. The contract provides op- tions for an additional two tugs.

Three of the new tugs will be used in ship assist, harbor shift- ing and ship escort work in Ta- coma, Seattle, and North Puget

Sound. The fourth tug will be used in southern California by

Pacific Towboat & Salvage, Long

Beach. Both Foss and Pacific

Towboat are divisions of Dilling- ham Corporation's maritime group.

Bruce Robeson, president of

Foss, stated that a Voith Schnei- der propulsion system was se- lected to meet specific operating requirements, especially those of tanker escort and large vessel docking assist. The tugs' propul- sion system will produce thrust in any desired direction and they will be able to proceed forward or back without reversing en- gines during the maneuver.

The tugs are designed to move sideward or be brought to a com-


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