Building on Success: Foss Maritime Introduces World's Second Hybrid Tugboat
Foss has announced it will add second hybrid tugboat to its Southern California fleet. In 2009, the company became the first shipping company in the world to use a hybrid tugboat. The Carolyn Dorothy has performed so well that Foss decided to add another hybrid to its fleet.
With the help of a US$1 million grant from the California Air Resources Board a conventional diesel burning tugboat will be retrofitted with motor generators, batteries, and control systems, transforming it into a hybrid vessel.
This tugboat is expected to save the company 100,000 gallons of fuel per year.
Susan Hayman, Vice President of Environmental and Governmental Affairs at Foss, says the company plans to add more hybrid vessels in the future: "At Foss, we have a 'zero trace' corporate goal and a commitment to give our customers the highest level of service. We have an unprecedented opportunity to transition harbor tugs around the world to vessels that deliver cleaner air and greater fuel efficiency."
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