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Midnight Sun

Type Commercial Dry Cargo Vessel Owner Totem Ocean Trailer Express Builder NASSCO National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) and Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) christened M.V. Midnight Sun, the first commercial dry cargo vessel to be built in the U.S. in 10 years. The Midnight Sun is the first of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska. It and its sister ship, MV North Star, are 840 x 118-ft. (256 x 35.9-m), RoRo cargo ships offering the option to carry trailers as large as 53 ft. in length. The ships' cargo can be loaded and discharged in nine hours, with the speed and efficiency of this process being an important competitive advantage for TOTE. The vessel, which will transport trucks, cars, trailers, trailer-borne products and equipment, military equipment, and project cargo, will have a hull arrangement consisting of a raised fo'c's'le deck with turtelback; transom stern; bulbous bow; deckhouse aft; six decks with fixed ramps fore and aft. Though not to be delivered until early 2003, M. V. Midnight Sun and M. V. North Star have already received several awards for their environmentally sensitive design. These include the States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force Legacy Award for 2000, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner's 2000 Pollution Prevention Award, and the Biennial William M

Trailer Bridge Finalizes Senior Loan Amendment

Trailer Bridge, Inc. announced the execution of an amendment to its financing agreement with GE Capital and the addition of four new members to the Company’s Board of Directors. The amendment with GE Capital waives past non-compliance with certain covenants and establishes new financial covenants that the Company is confident it will remain in compliance with. Trailer Bridge has a $15 million revolving credit facility, with actual draws determined by a borrowing base formula

Trailer Bridge Reports 3Q Results

Trailer Bridge, Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2002 highlighted by significantly reduced losses and an improved financial condition. The effects from what is anticipated to be continuing improvements in market conditions in the Puerto Rico lane is having a more pronounced effect on fourth quarter results than in the third quarter. The discontinuance of the direct Northeast service at the end of last year, while significantly reducing costs

TOTE Vessel to Assist Troops

Upon the request of the Commander of the Military Sealift Command, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE), will lend the assistance of the S. S. Northern Lights to transport military hardware to Southwest Asia. The ship departed Tacoma, Washington Sunday, February 9, and will arrive in San Diego to be loaded with military cargo mid week. An Alaska corporation founded in 1975, TOTE maintains three Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) cargo trailer ships for the Puget Sound-Anchorage trade

Aker Finnyards Delivers Largest Vessel In Bore Fleet

Aker Finnyards' most recent newbuild, the 11,000-dwt RoRo carrier for the Dutch company, Bore Sky BV, was christened as Norsky by Mrs. Marianne Barnabo, spouse of Mr. John Steele, non Executive Board member of P&O SN Co. The vessel, which was delivered by Aker to Bore Sky before the ceremony, will begin regular service between Continental Europe and the U.K. on the route Zeebrugge - Teesport, operated by British P&O North Sea Ferries.

Crowley to Carry Equipment for New Bond Film

During the month of February, Crowley will carry 28 pickup trucks, 25 production trailers and 11 excavators, cranes, etc. for the filming of Casino Royale - the newest James Bond movie. The Columbia Pictures distributed movie is partially being filmed in Nassau and though the cargo will leave the US by way of Jacksonville or Port Everglades, Fla., some is originating from as far away as Europe.

TOTE Receives Environmental Safety Award

Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) was honored with the States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force Legacy Award 2000 this past July in recognition for its commitment to the environment and vessel safety by designing and building new cargo vessels with technologically driven oil spill prevention and marine safety features. More significantly, the two vessels are designed with double hulls, twin-engine rooms, twin propellers

NASSCO and TOTE Christen the M. V. North Star

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has joined with Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) to christen the M. V. North Star. The North Star is the second of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. Lu Young, wife of Alaska Congressman Don Young (R- Alaska), and Marie Magee, wife of Robert P. Magee Jr., president and CEO of TOTE , were the ship's sponsors

Trailer Bridge Reports First Quarter Results

Trailer Bridge, Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002 highlighted by a significantly narrowed net loss, operating profits in the month of March and news of market consolidation in the Puerto Rico trade as a result of the discontinuance of operations by a competitor. With the discontinuance of the Northeast service at the beginning of the quarter, Trailer Bridge had 21.5 percent less overall vessel capacity deployed in the Puerto Rico lane compared to the

LNG Bunkering: First Italian Truck- to-Ship Operation

Truck-to-ship bunkering: Photo LNGEurope

The Port of Civitavecchia has become the first port to perform Truck to Ship bunkering of LNG to a seagoing vessel within an Italian coastal port or any port in Italy and this part of the Mediterranean, say LNGEurope. The tugboat Bokn owned by Buksér og Berging AS, was bunkered by LNGEurope at the Port of Civitavecchia (Rome) recently for the Italian sector of her voyage from the Turkish shipbuilder towards final destination, Karsto in Norway

SAFE Boats' Riverine Interceptor for Colombia

Courtesy SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International has been selected by the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard to build its new Type-F Riverine Interceptor Vessel.   The contract will provide the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard with a state-of-the-art, shallow draft, aluminum high speed intercept vessel designed to provide

ABS to Class US' First LNG Bunker Barge

ABS has been selected to class an LNG bunker barge under construction at Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc, a division of Conrad Shipyard, LLC, for WesPac Midstream LLC and Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the classification society announced.  

Search for El Faro Crew Continues, Hopes Fading

Lifeboat wreckage discovered by search crews Sunday (Image: USCG)

Responders continue the hunt for possible survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin.   As of Tuesday night, crews have searched some 172,257 square nautical miles while scanning in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35

MARAD to Fund Study on LNG Conversions

Midnight Sun will be converted to dual fuel LNG propulsion starting in December 2015 (Photo: TOTE)

MARAD provides funding to further study LNG as marine fuel for containerships The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has entered a $900,000 cooperative agreement with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE) to study the costs and benefits of converting vessel to liquefied natural

TOTE Shifts Maritime Companies under Unified Brand

Photo: TOTE Maritime

U.S. Jones Act carrier TOTE announced it has shifted operating companies Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, respectively serving the Alaskan and Puerto Rican/Caribbean markets. Going forward, the companies will be known collectively as TOTE Maritime.

RORO Ops by NYK for Ford Plants in India

NYK to Provide Complete Outbound Logistics of Finished Vehicles for both Ford Plants in India

  In 2011, NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd.(NALI)* was awarded a contract by Ford India for RORO terminal services of finished cars at Chennai and Ennore Port. Based on the service quality, in 2015, NALI and Ford India extended the scope of services to cover Chennai plant stockyard

Demand Rising for Cyrogenic Valves in Marine Sector

Photo: Bestobell

UK-based manufacturer of cryogenic valves Bestobell Marine said it has seen a major increase in demand for its cryogenic valves from the marine sector in the U.S. This is largely due to the new Emissions Control Areas (ECA) which is increasing the number of dual-fuel vessels being commissioned

Emergency Response Guidebook Features DOT/PHMSA Updates

Image: Labelmaster

Essential Resource for Transportation or Handling Incidents Involving Hazardous Materials   Labelmaster offers the 2016 edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) – a must have for anyone who handles or transports dangerous goods (hazardous materials)

‘Smart Containers’ Roll Out for Silk Road

CIMC Internet of Mobile Things International Operation and Service Co., Ltd. (CIMC IOMT) and Globe Tracker International, ApS announce commercial roll out of Smart Containers, Smart Logistics and Smart Terminal products for China’s Silk Road.  

JNPort Takes Steps to Regularise Traffic - GTI Shutdown

Gateway Terminals India (GTI)

  As Gateway Terminals India (GTI) (one of the private terminal at JNPort, a JV between APM Terminals (APMT) and state-owned rail operator Container Corporation of India) is facing shutdown in operations due to the strike of contractor's employees engaged by Cargotek handling yard crane

Calais Crisis Presents Liability Issues, TT Club Warns

As the political and humanitarian situation in Calais continues to unfold, the specialist freight transport insurer, TT Club provides a perspective on the implications for the freight and haulage industry and steps which operators can take to avoid heavy penalties from being caught carrying

Rohde Nielsen Bags Port Tauranga Dredging Contract

Aerial 1 Port of Tauranga. Photo by The Port of Tauranga Limited

 Danish dredging company Rohde Nielsen has won the tender to complete dredging at the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand's largest port company.   The capital dredging program to deepen the Port of Tauranga to take the next generation of containerships calling on the New Zealand coast will

Mercator Acquires Two Dredgers

Dredger Banwari Prem. Photo: Mercator Limited

 Mercator Limited announced that it is expanding its dredging business by adding two more Dredgers to its fleet.    Mercator,India's largest Marine and Energy group with businesses in Oil & Gas, Coal, Shipping and Dredging

MOL Launches Car Carrier Brand MOL ACE

Emerald Ace (Photo: MOL)

Tapping into one of its major business fields, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has established MOL Auto Carrier Express (MOL ACE) as global brand in the car carrier service. MOL will start to use MOL ACE beginning July 1.   MOL’s carrier service network includes offices and

Deltamarin Introduces New Ro-Pax Design

DeltaChallenger (Photo: Deltamarin)

Deltamarin launched its new ro-pax vessel DeltaChallenger concept during the Nor-Shipping 2015 exhibition in Oslo.   The design incorporates the latest technologies available, many of which are not yet used on any other ro-pax vessel, Deltamarin said.  

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