SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 — Jones Act operator TOTE today announced that its operating companies — Sea Star Line, which serves Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and Totem Ocean Trailer Express, serving the Alaska market — will now be known collectively as TOTE Maritime.
Both companies provide critical infrastructure and cargo to Alaska and Puerto Rico.
Sea Star Line has delivered goods to Puerto Rico for more than 30 years with twice weekly reliable service that is responsible for goods traveling from the U.S. to the island.
Totem Ocean Trailer Express also provides twice weekly service to Alaska and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Totem Ocean delivers goods that are needed by communities throughout Alaska.Both companies are switching their vessels to run on natural gas, part of TOTE's long term strategy to be the most environmentally friendly shipping company in the world.
Totem Ocean will begin the conversion of its first ship to natural gas this fall.
"This is an exciting time, not just for our company but for the industry as a whole. TOTE Maritime and the TOTE organization will always strive to be the most reliable, responsive, and resourceful shipping company in the U.S. to meet the needs of our customers and the communities we serve," said John Parrott, President of Totem Ocean Trailer Express.
Tim Nolan, President of Sea Star, commented that "TOTE's Puerto Rico service is preparing to welcome the world's first natural gas powered containerships. This is a key component of the TOTE LNG strategy and is a reflection of our commitment to the island and the communities we serve. The shift to TOTE Maritime enables us to highlight the changes we are making nationally."
TOTE Maritime is part of the TOTE family of companies which also includes TOTE Services, a leading edge ship management company that specializes in natural gas projects and technical services for both government and commercial vessels. All are Saltchuk Group members.