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TOTE to convert two ships to LNG

TOTE Maritime Alaska, a daughter company of TOTE Inc., recently contracted MAN PrimeServ, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales division, to convert roll on/roll off vessels to dual-fuel operation on LNG. The ‘North Star’ and ‘Midnight Sun’ are currently both powered by 4 × MAN 58/64 engines and will be retrofitted to MAN 58/64 retrofit units.

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USCG releases El Faro final report

USCG official investigation report on El Faro cargo vessel found that the captain underestimated the strength of a hurricane and overestimated the ship's strength on a trip between Florida and Puerto Rico. Also, ship's owner, Tote Maritime Inc., had not replaced a safety officer and had violated regulations regarding crew rest periods and working hours.

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TOTE delays LNG retrofit project following El Faro accident

 TOTE Maritime has decided to delay retrofitting its ro-ro/container ship Midnight Sun to run on LNG for one year due to the sinking of the El Faro in early October.Midnight Sun had been scheduled to visit the Keppel Offshore & Marine shipyard in Singapore this December to be retrofitted with four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, an LNGPac fuel feed system and two 1,100m3 LNG bunker tanks. Tote had planned to substitute El Faro on Midnight Sun's regular US West Coast route linking Tacoma, Washington with the Alaskan port of Anchorage.The News Tribune reports that John Parrott, Tote Maritime president, said that without a ship to replace the Midnight Sun, Tote is delaying the conversion a year. El Faro, then called the Northern Lights, served the Alaska route until 2006 when it was transferred to Florida to serve Tote Maritime Alaska’s sister company Tote Maritime Puerto Rico. Mr Parrott said Tote is negotiating with the Coast Guard to win its approval for the delay. The 1975-built El Faro and its crew of 33 disappeared on 1 October while sailing from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The loss has been attributed to the vessel foundering in violent seas off the Bahamas as the storm passed through the ...

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NASSCO delivers world's first LNG-powered containership to TOTE

 NASSCO delivered the world's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership, the Isla Bella, to TOTE Maritime. The ship was delivered nearly two months ahead of schedule. NASSCO is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.As part of a two-ship contract signed in December 2012 with TOTE, the 764-foot long Marlin Class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships powered by LNG, making them the cleanest cargo-carrying ships anywhere in the world. This groundbreaking green ship technology will dramatically decrease emissions and increase fuel efficiency when compared to conventionally-powered ships, the equivalent of removing 15,700 automobiles from the road."Successfully building and delivering the world's first LNG-powered containership here in the United States for coastwise service demonstrates that commercial shipbuilders, and owners and operators, are leading the world in the introduction of cutting-edge, green technology in support of the Jones Act," said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO.The delivery of this historic ship, also demonstrates successful collaboration between industry and regulatory bodies. TOTE, NASSCO, the American Bureau of Shipping, and the U.S. Coast Guard worked hand-in-hand from the beginning of the project to the delivery of the Isla Bella. This included collaboration during the design approval, ...

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