Coalition for Responsible Transportation Honors TOTE’s Groundbreaking Move to Convert its Ships to Alternative Fuels

TACOMA, Wash. — The Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT) today commended one of its members, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), for becoming the first container shipping line to announce that it is converting its ORCA class vessels to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as their primary fuel source. The conversion will advance the use of alternative fuels technology in container shipping and accelerate the use of natural gas as a cleaner domestic energy source.

“TOTE’s deployment of LNG ocean vessels is a truly extraordinary accomplishment. CRT’s members have been at the forefront of emission reduction efforts in the supply chain, and have been pioneers in advancing the use of LNG technology in port trucks,” said CRT Chairman Rick Gabrielson, who is Target’s Director of International Transportation. “The expansion of LNG technology to ocean vessels is truly a game-changer from an emission reduction perspective,” he continued.

To TOTE’s knowledge, this will be the first conversion in the world of vessels of this type. In addition to exceeding the sulfur reduction goals of ECA by 95 percent, when the TOTE ships are converted, they will achieve significant emissions reductions in all other categories of emissions: particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxide (NOX) and carbon dioxide (CO2); making these ships among the cleanest in the world.

“This project is consistent with TOTE’s core philosophies that reflect a deep commitment to the environment and to the communities it serves,” said CRT Board Member Anthony Chiarello, who is CEO and President of Totem Ocean Trailer Express’ parent company, TOTE, Inc. “TOTE is proud to once again be seen as a leader in the U.S. maritime industry.”

About Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc.

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) is one of six operating companies owned by TOTE, Inc., a subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources of Seattle, WA. The privately-owned shipping company has operated roll-on/roll-off cargo vessels between the ports of Tacoma, Washington, and Anchorage, Alaska, since 1975. For more information on TOTE, please visit www.totemocean.com.

About the Coalition for Responsible Transportation

CRT’s membership includes the nation’s largest and most progressive importers, trucking companies and ocean carriers who are dedicated to partnering with America's ports to establish clean air programs that are both environmentally and economically sustainable.

For more information on CRT, please visit www.responsibletrans.org.

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