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 SEATTLE, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Foss Maritime Co. christened the Lindsey Foss, the world's largest and most powerful tractor tug, on the Seattle waterfront today, the company announced.
 The 155-foot, 8,000-horsepower Lindsey Foss was designed specifically for tanker escorts. "We are committed to providing the most advanced and effective technology for maritime service, including tanker escorts," explained Tom Van Dawark, Foss president and chief executive officer.
 The maneuverability of the Lindsey Foss makes the tug unique. "A circular propulsion system located near the tug's center allows it to turn 360 degrees within the ship's length," Van Dawark said. "The unique propulsion system provides full thrust in any direction. The tug's exceptional maneuverability makes it better equipped to steer and stop a tanker in the event of an emergency."
 The Lindsey Foss began service in December for ARCO Marine Inc., escorting tankers in northern Puget Sound. ARCO Marine and Foss conducted a two-year, $500,000 study in northern Puget Sound to evaluate tanker escorts. "Through the study, we found that tractor tugs, properly designed for the requirements of escort, can control a stricken tanker in significantly less time and distance than conventional tugs," Van Dawark noted.
 The Lindsey Foss is powered by two 4,000 horsepower engines through Voith Schneider cycloidal propellers. Cycloidal propulsion tractor tugs are 20 times more capable than conventional tugs in steering and retarding the speed of a tanker under way at 10 knots, according to Foss.
 The addition of the enhanced tractor tug brings the total number of Foss tractor tugs to eight. The company currently operates two 4,000-horsepower tractor tugs and five 3,000-horsepower tractor tugs. A second enhanced tractor tug will be christened by Foss in February, for use in northern Puget Sound by BP Oil Shipping Co., USA.
 The christening ceremony included a demonstration of the Lindsey Foss, as well as onboard tours for guests at the event. The event included speeches from Tom Van Dawark, Foss president and chief executive officer; Jerry Aspland, ARCO Marine Inc. president; and Darlene Madenwald, Washington Environmental Council president. The christening was carried out by the tug's namesake, Ms. Lindsey Bauhofer, 9, of Bend, Ore. Lindsey is the great-great granddaughter of the company's founders, Andrew and Thea Foss.
 Foss is a full service maritime company, providing a complete range of harbor tug and barge services, ocean transportation, vessel repair and environmental services to Pacific Basin customers.
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 /CONTACT: Tim Brewer of Foss Maritime, 206-281-3846; or Paul Owen of Elgin Syferd, 206-223-2342, for Foss Maritime/

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