Foss relabels Hawaii Tug & Barge

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Many former Hawaii Tug & Barge tugboats already boast the distinctive Foss livery

DECEMBER 13, 2013 — Hawaiian Tug & Barge, which provides harbor support services in all major ports of Hawaii, has adopted new colors and a new name: Foss Maritime Company.

Founded by Young Brothers Ltd., Hawaiian Tug & Barge (HTB) was formed as a sister company to separate harbor operations and charter activities from Young Brothers’ inter-island freight operations. HTB has since become Hawaii’s leading tug and barge transportation company operating four tugs with 20 employees.

Young Brothers and HTB joined the Foss Maritime group of companies in 1999.

Hawaiian Tug & Barge officially came under the Foss name earlier this week in a ceremony in Honolulu. The traditional green and white of Foss has already replaced the HTB colors on many of the company vessels.

“We’ve updated the name and brand of HTB,” said Paul Stevens, CEO and president of the Seattle-based Foss Maritime. “But beyond those changes almost everything else will continue on as business as usual in Hawaii. Young Brothers will continue to provide their superior services; we won’t lose any people or vessels; and will continue to provide the highest level of service to the Hawaiian Islands.”

Glenn Hong, the president of Young Brothers and formerly also of HTB, continues to lead the Young Brothers’ operations, while the newly branded tugs now fall into Foss Maritime’s Harbor Service division headed by Senior VP Scott Merritt.

“Adopting the Foss name and colors gives us tremendous exposure across the world,” said Mr. Hong. “It strengthens us and our ability to provide services by being part of a global brand with a well-established maritime tradition.”

“Hawaiian Tug & Barge/Young Bros. has served the islands and the mid-Pacific ably for more than a century,” Mr. Stevens said. “We are looking forward to further growth in mid-Pacific well into the future.”

Foss paint job at-work

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