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World’s first hybrid ship-assist vessel to get a sibling

What was billed as the world’s first hybrid ship-assist tugboat when it debuted last year at the Port of Long Beach, the Carolyn Dorothy, built and owned by Foss Maritime Company, will get a sibling hybrid vessel to work with in Southern California, the Seattle-based transportation company announced.

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to the Port of Long Beach, the latest hybrid tug project partnership will also include the Port of Los Angeles, according to a statement released this week.

“The Foss /Aspin Kemp & Associates hybrid technology is already proving its worth on the Carolyn Dorothy,” said Richard Cameron, director of environmental planning at the Port of Long Beach.

“We believe the retrofit will be the next step in hybrid technology evolution,” Cameron said.

Foss said it would retrofit the Campbell Foss, a conventional “dolphin tug” currently assisting cargo ships in San Pedro harbor.

The vessel will be retrofitted with motor generators, batteries, and control systems at Foss’ shipyard in Rainier, Oregon, the company said.

The projected annual emissions reductions per year includes more than: 1.7 tons of diesel particulate matter; 53 tons of oxides of nitrogen; 1.2 tons of carbon dioxide; and more than 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel will be saved each year, Foss said.

Susan Hayman, Foss Maritime’s Vice President of Environmental and Governmental Affairs, said Foss has been looking forward to an opportunity to retrofit one of its existing tugs to work alongside the Carolyn Dorothy and plans to introduce more hybrid tugs in the years to come.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to transition harbor tugs around the world to vessels that deliver cleaner air and greater fuel efficiency,” said Susan Hayman, Foss Maritime’s vice president of environmental and governmental affairs.

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