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FOSS ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDED CONTRACT FOR PUERTO RICO OIL SPILL

 SEATTLE, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Foss Environmental Services (FES) today announced it was named a decontamination contractor by the U.S. Coast Guard to assist cleanup efforts in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
 FES will participate in the supervision of beach shore cleanup activities for an oil spill caused Jan. 7 when an oil barge was grounded on a coral reef, just offshore from the Puerto Rican capital. The barge was carrying 1.5 million gallons of bunker fuel. Oil leaking from the crippled vessel has damaged 31,680 feet of beach.
 "We're ready to assist with the cleanup efforts in Puerto Rico," explained Don Hogue, FES general manager. "Foss Environmental is recognized as a leader in emergency response, beach cleanup and decontamination services. We're very familiar with these types of operations. Our depth of experience is second to none."
 FES was chosen for its extensive experience in spill response and decontamination, according to Hogue. In addition, the company recently received the Coast Guard's highest rating for oil spill response companies. The U.S. Coast Guard has granted Foss Environmental a final level E Classification for River/Canal and Inland/Nearshore environments.
 The company's Puerto Rican cleanup activities will involve nearly 100 personnel. Fifty percent of the cleanup operations staff is comprised of FES employees from Seattle and Long Beach, Calif., including 42 Spanish/English-speaking foremen. The balance of the personnel will be hired in Puerto Rico to help with the labor-intensive cleanup/decontamination activities.
 In addition, FES is providing response equipment and supplies for the cleanup effort. The FES Product Sales Group is shipping a large inventory of booms, sorbents, skimmers, high pressure washing equipment, decontamination stations and other items to San Juan for use in its operations.
 FES will join dozens of other environmental contractors that are assisting the Coast Guard with various aspects of the cleanup operations. FES' day-to-day operations will include the decontamination of the shoreline. In addition, FES is responsible for cleaning commercial and pleasure craft docked at marinas affected by the spill.
 FES is the largest and most experienced spill prevention and response contractor on the U.S. West Coast. The company's services include contingency planning; health, safety and emergency response training; emergency response; spill response and management; industrial maintenance and cleaning; equipment and materials sales; and site remediation services.
 The ongoing Puerto Rican response will not detract from FES' West Coast response capability. Senior response management personnel and equipment assigned to the West Coast will remain on the West Coast.
 FES is a subsidiary of the Foss Maritime Co. 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: Don Hogue of Foss Environmental Services, 206-767-0441; or Paul Owen of Elgin Syferd, 206-223-2342, for Foss Environmental Services/


CO: Foss Environmental Services; U.S. Coast Guard ST: Washington IN: ENV SU: CON

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