As of yesterday Foss’s operation in Boston, formerly known as Constellation Maritime, has ceased operations in Boston and the remaining vessels have been sold to Mcallister of New York. The Leo, Orion, and Volans will be renamed the Bridget, Matthew, and David Mcallister. The Bridget will work temporarily in Portland before moving to Baltimore, the Matthew will work for a sort period in Baltimore before being moved to Norfolk, and the David will be added to the Providence Fleet. The Tucana is in lay up at Boston Towing’s yard until a buyer can be found. (credit Birk Thomas of tugboatinformation.com)
Yesterday after a quick haul at Fairhaven shipyard north for a survey the vessels headed to providence, Volans with the Foss Office barge in tow.
This is one that hits home for me as I did my third Co-Op for school with Constellation, and had the 60 day hitch of a lifetime. There where a lot of good guys there and I hope they all find other work soon. After the sale of several pieces of equipment in the last few years, including the biggest ocean going tug they had (Leslie Foss now Simone of Tradewinds Towing), it was starting to look like writing on the wall. This coupled with the sale of Foss’s Columbia River organization and rumors of equipment sales in other ports leads me to think Foss might be going through some necessary down sizing to lower overhead and remain competitive.
A few photos from my time at Constellation