June 14 - The final of three tugs designed to operate in the extreme conditions of the Arctic, Nicole Foss, was christened at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, USA and will enter service this summer.

Built at the Foss Rainier shipyard in Oregon, USA, Nicole Foss, like its sisterships Michelle Foss and Denise Foss, is ice class D0, meaning the hulls are designed specifically for polar waters and are reinforced to manoeuvre in ice.

According to Foss Maritime, the tug vessel is suited to work across the globe as Foss competes for opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

Nicole Foss complies with the requirements in the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Vessels Intended to Operate in Polar Waters, including ABS A1 standards, SOLAS and Green Passport.

The vessel has a bollard pull of 221,000 lbs (100.2 tonnes) and features two efficient Caterpillar C280-8 main engines.