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Q&A: Gary Faber, President and COO, Foss Maritime It all began with a single rowboat in 1889 in Tacoma; 117 years later with a modern fleet of 77 tugs and 80 barges, several acquisitions and a new president at the helm, Foss Maritime is experiencing a surge that is making waves beyond its west coast origin. The Seattle-based company that employs about 1,000 people throughout the U.S., provides harbor services and transportation operations on the west coast and now, with the recent acquisition of Constellation Tug Co., Foss Maritime has a presence on the east coast. MarineNews had the opportunity to talk with the newly named president and COO, Gary Faber, to find out what's up next for the expanding company. Briefly provide a background of Foss Maritime's offerings to the maritime industry. GF Foss offers a complete range of maritime transportation and logistics services to customers on the U.S. West and East coasts, across the Pacific Rim, Europe, South America and around the globe. We also provide engineering and shipbuilding services-with two full-service shipyards and an expert marine engineering group. Not everybody knows that we also have a mobile response repair service and can send a team of maritime engineers to service vessels anywhere in North America within 24 hours. We've organized our company around lines of business that reflect how our customers work, and what they need. Instead of a regionalized approach, we've evolved to a more customer-centric model that allows a company that is operating in multiple markets around the globe to more easily work with us to get the specific services they need, wherever they need them. Our services are: · Oil and Gas, including tanker escort and ship assist, bunker barging and lightering for petroleum, and liquefied natural gas (LGN) terminal operations; · Ship Assist, including container ships, bulk vessels and auto carriers; · Marine Transportation, including contract ocean towing, regional and upriver towing, and project cargoes and logistics for the domestic market; · International Project Cargoes and Logistics; · Shipyards, including repair, new construction and emergency response and repair; and · Engineering, including construction support and project cargo and logistics. What do you consider to be the three of the most significant changes that have occurred within the maritime industry in the last five years? GF One change has been the continuing advances in engineering and technology that have given the industry the ability Gary Faber, Foss Maritime's new President & CEO Phone 604.988-1111 - Fax 604.986-0334 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wagner Engineering Ltd. Engineered Marine Steering Solutions See us at www.wagnerengineering.ca November, 2006 · MarineNews · 41