Jones Act cargo carrier TOTE announced Thursday it is consolidating its operating companies under the new title of TOTE Maritime, as the company continues its “long term strategy to be the most environmentally friendly shipping company in the world.”
The consolidated brand includes the Sea Star Line serving the Puerto Rico trade, and Totem Ocean Trailer Express serving the Alaska market, the company said. Sea Star makes twice weekly runs from Florida to the island, and Totem Ocean Trailer does the same between Tacoma, Wash. and Anchorage, Alaska.
TOTE has been making a lot of news with its effort to switch its fleet over to liquefied natural gas fuel, including the launch of the world’s first LNG container ships for the Puerto Rico line, and the impending conversion of the Alaska trailer RO/RO ships. TOTE is also working with the Port of Tacoma and other partners to create an LNG fueling hub there.
“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.
“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,” said Tim Nolan, president of Sea Star line.
The TOTE organization also includes TOTE Services, a ship management company that specializes in natural gas projects and technical services for both government and commercial vessels.