In October 2014 the vessel was called upon to bring a crippled Russian container ship, the MV Simushur safely to port. The Simushur engines had failed, leaving her adrift near environmentally sensitive Haida Gwai. Initially the Simushur had been taken in tow by the CCGS Gordon Reid, a Canadian Coast Guard cutter that had been able to prevent the vessel from running aground, but lacked the horsepower to bring her to port.
- "The Simushir incident – What vessels are required for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) in order to protect the BC Coastal Environment?". Canadian American Strategic Review. 2014-10. Archived from the original on 2015-01-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20150110044106/http://casr.ca/ft-ccg-response-simushir.htm. "It was pure chance that Barbara Foss, an ocean-going tug with sufficient bollard pull  to retrieve the M/V Simushir was available in Prince Rupert at that time."
- Joel Connelly (2015-01-07). "Will Port of Seattle be repair center for Shell Oil’s Arctic vessels?". Seattle PI. Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20150110051218/http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2015/01/07/will-port-of-seattle-be-repair-center-for-shell-oils-arctic-vessels/. "The tug Barbara Foss later assisted southbound demobilization of the Noble Discoverer from the Chukchi Sea back to Dutch Harbor."
- Bernie Smith (2014-11-05). "Reader takes issue with coastline letter". Parksville, British Columbia: Comox Valley Record. Archived from the original on 2015-01-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20150110105116/http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/opinion/letters/281693181.html. "Contrary to other reports that the US tugboat Barbara Foss had to travel 675 kilometres from its base in Neah Bay, Wash., it was dispatched from Prince Rupert where it had delivered a barge towed from Whittier, Alaska; the regular employment of this tug."
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