ACT News 2017

Tote Maritime

Tote Taps MAN for LNG Conversions

November 14, 2017 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Alaska-Trade Ships Each to Have Four Engines Converted

Tote took the occasion of last week’s High Horsepower (HHP) Summit in Florida to detail its plans to convert the engines of its two Alaska cargo ships to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation.
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Tote Alaska LNG: Conversion Timeline

August 28, 2017 in Dual Fuel, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of Two Ships to Go into Dry Dock in December,
Conversion of the Pair to Be Completed in Early 2021

Tote Maritime plans to convert its two Orca-class containerships connecting Tacoma, Wash. and Alaska to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation, starting at the end of this year and concluding in early 2021. Because of the need for the vessels to remain in service – they account for a large percentage of Alaska’s freight traffic – the company has opted to work on each ship in two stages.
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Tote LNG Progress: Jaxport and Hawaii

August 25, 2017 in Companies, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Jacksonville Barge Bunkering Closer as LNG Plant Approved
And Tote Orders Four LNG-Ready Ships for New Hawaii Service

Tote Maritime has extended its congratulations to Jax LNG, noting that the joint venture between Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream has received an LoA/letter of acceptance from the U.S. Coast Guard to operate a new waterfront liquefied natural gas plant and terminal at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Fla.
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SGMF and SEA\LNG Sign MoU

March 22, 2017 in HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Two Organizations Join Forces on a Common Goal:
‘Making LNG the Fuel of Choice for the Shipping Industry’

The new SEA\LNG coalition and SGMF, the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel, have signed a memorandum of understanding on how they “will work together to achieve their common goal of making LNG the fuel of choice for the shipping industry.”

“SEA\LNG and SGMF have separate but complementary missions, and we are both wholly committed to the development of natural gas as a marine fuel,” SEA\LNG chairman and Tote Maritime executive VP Pete Keller said in an organization release.

“This MoU will ensure that our efforts are concentrated on defined areas, enabling us to support each other successfully, and ultimately providing the confidence and demand required for an effective, efficient, and safe global marine LNG value chain by 2020,” Keller said.


‘Leverage’

“SGMF does not cover the commercial aspect and therefore it will be beneficial to leverage the work of SEA\LNG,” SGMF general manager and COO Mark Bell said in the SEA\LNG announcement. “The 100-plus members of SGMF represent the whole value chain from supply to end use,” he said.

SEA\LNG was launched in mid-2016 to break down the commercial barriers to the uptake of LNG as a marine fuel. Founding members included Carnival/Aida, DNV GL, Engie, ENN, GE Marine, GTT, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsubishi, the NYK Line, the Port of Rotterdam, Qatargas, Shell, Tote Maritime and Wärtsilä (HHP Insight, July 14, 2016).

SEALNG recently published a white paper titled Accelerating the Adoption of LNG as a Marine Fuel.

SGMF was formed as a spin-off from SIGTTO, the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators in October 2013, focusing on the safety, operational, and technical aspects of natural gas as a sustainable marine fuel (HHP Insight, October 2, 2013).

Data Sharing

“The two organizations have pledged to support each other by sharing knowledge, data, and information from their own areas of responsibility that will be of benefit to each other’s members,” the announcement states.

SEA\LNG notes that SGMF’s data set of publications, guidance notices, industry statistics, and studies “is now also available for leverage by SEA\LNG… “In return, SEA\LNG can support SGMF in promoting coherent best practice throughout the industry.”

SEA\LNG members are to meet at this year’s High Horsepower (HHP) Summit, just announced for November 6-9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla. – home of Tote Maritime’s two LNG-fueled container ships, the first of their kind in the world.


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Source: SEA\LNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Tote LNG in Carib, Alaska Not So Much

February 17, 2017 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Ships Serving San Juan Running 80%-Plus on LNG,
MAN Upfit Solution Sought for Two Vessels Serving Alaska

Tote Maritime has experienced only relatively minor glitches for its two new liquefied natural gas-fueled container ships connecting Jacksonville, Fla. and Puerto Rico. Both Isla Bella and sister Perla Del Caribe are making regular weekly runs, fueling truck-to-ship in Florida.
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Gas Entec for LNG Bunker Barge for Tote

January 10, 2017 in Companies, LNG, Marine, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Korean Reports Delivery of Engineering Service
And the ‘Total Cargo Handling Equipment Package’
For Barge to Fuel Tote’s Pioneering Container Ships

Korea’s Gas Entec reports the successful delivery of engineering services and a “total cargo handling equipment package” for a new barge that will be based in Jacksonville, Fla. and used to transfer liquefied natural gas fuel to two container ships operating in the Caribbean. The barge was ordered by Clean Marine Energy in early 2015.
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