By Karen Robes Meeks
This past weekend, Long Beach welcomed Foss Maritime’s new ASD-90 tug, The Jaime Ann.
The new tug, which will be homeported in Long Beach, is the first of four ASD-90s built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders for the Saltchuk family of companies and strong enough to guide the biggest tankers and container vessels on the West Coast. The new tug features 6,866 horsepower, 90 tons of bollard pull and two MTU Tier 4 engines.
“The Jaime Ann was 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,” said Foss Maritime Project Manager Janic Trepanier. “Her innovative design offers greater operating efficiencies by producing lower emissions resulting in less maintenance down time.”
The Jaime Ann’s sister tugs, the Sarah Averick, the Leisa Florence, and the Rachael Allen are expected to be delivered later this year.
“We are excited to see Jaime Ann arrive in her new homeport,” said Saltchuk Marine CEO Jason Childs. “Her addition to the Foss fleet demonstrates our continued commitment to our mariners, our customers, the environment, and the State of California.”