Ties that Bind Report’s Findings

The Washington Maritime Federation, an alliance of maritime interests, business, labor unions, shipyards, ports, and policy-makers, sponsored a delegation from the Puget Sound (Western Washington) to visit Anchorage, Alaska and engage in dialogue with Alaskan leaders about Washington’s key trading relationship with Alaska.  This trip follows a regional economic report demonstrating the close trading relationship that Puget Sound has with Alaska entitled, “The Ties That Bind”, concluded the following:

” The Seattle Metro Chamber today released a new study that finds Alaska’s economic impact on the Puget Sound region continues to grow. Ties that Bind: The Enduring Economic Impact of Alaska on the Puget Sound Region, with research conducted by the McDowell Group, found that Alaska accounted for approximately 113,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the six-county region in 2013, and that these jobs generated $6.2 billion in wages.

The report includes findings from King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Whatcom and Skagit Counties. The increase of Alaska’s impact is visible in a number of sectors, including:
•Freight/cargo: Interstate trade with Alaska accounted for over 80 percent of domestic containerized shipments through the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, and 20 percent of total containerized shipments—roughly 10 percent of all marine cargo-related economic activity in Puget Sound
•Seafood: Just under 24,000 Puget Sound jobs and $1.3 billion in wages are tied to Alaska’s seafood industry
•Passenger transportation and tourism: Nearly half the Alaska cruise market comes through Seattle, resulting in 434,600 people embarking and/or disembarking in the city
•Maritime Support: Roughly 25 percent of all maritime industrial support services in our area are connected to Alaska-related business, which equates to 5,300 jobs and $390 million in wages.
•Refining: Alaska supplies nearly half of all crude oil refined in the Puget Sound region.
•Health Care: The Seattle metro area is home to several specialized medical centers that provide life-saving care for many Alaskans. The economic impact of Alaskan patients using Puget Sound medical facilities is 1,200 jobs and $87 million
•Education:  Washington is the top state, outside of Alaska, for post-secondary enrollment among Alaska residents, who attend over 30 post-secondary institutions in the six-county Puget Sound area

“This report confirms that Seattle receives significant economic benefit from its ties to the state of Alaska,” said Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations for Alaska Airlines.  “This includes serving as a vital access point to Alaska, with over 1 million air passengers traveling between Alaska communities and Sea-Tac Airport annually.  Alaska Airlines is proud to provide reliable, top-notch service that carried nearly two-thirds of all passengers flying out of Alaska last year.”

“Puget Sound and Alaska benefit from a dynamic and diverse economic relationship that serves residents here and in Alaska,” said Maud Daudon, president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “Our shared connection is a win-win: Puget Sound businesses provide more than $5.3 billion in essential goods and services to Alaskans.”

“Ties that Bind” is the fourth commissioned report to measure the economic impacts of Alaska on the Puget Sound region. The first report was issued in 1985 with updates in 1994 and 2003. This 2015 report is commissioned by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for the Alaska Business Forum, and is made possible through the generous support of its presenting sponsor, Alaska Airlines, as well as Lynden Transport, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Shell Oil Company, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), and the At-Sea Processors Association. Other Ties That Bind supporters include the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

“The transport of goods and supplies throughout Alaska is an important part of our economy. Nearly everything you can buy in Alaska is shipped through Puget Sound, and these businesses in both states rely upon us to deliver. It’s a great relationship we want to see strong and growing.” – Don Johnson, Tacoma Port Commission President

“Washington and Alaska have been closely linked business partners for more than two centuries.  Though challenges are present, the potential for future growth is stronger than ever. This report provides insight and information allowing us to more properly prepare and align ourselves for future opportunities.  We find the report invaluable as we look to the future, plan our strategies and make large capital investments. We have been serving Alaskans since 1954 and we look forward to doing so well into the future.  As a freight carrier servicing the Alaska market, our business istrade between Washington and Alaska.” – Eric Wilson, Lynden Transport, Inc.

“The heritage between Washington and Alaska is rich and growing. When Alaska’s economy does well, so does Washington’s economy. Future opportunities are enormous but are challenged by poor policies. By working together, we can strengthen our economies for future generations.”– Rachael Petro, President and CEO, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

The study measures economic impacts from the calendar year 2013 and incorporates findings from a voluntary survey of organizations that conduct business in Alaska, executive interviews, and secondary data from several state and federal agencies.

The delegation’s trip is considered the first of an anticipated larger gathering to be held in May 2016 in Alaska and follows some tension between Alaska and environmentalists and their efforts to block off-shore Arctic oil development by Shell Oil Company.

The photos, all taken aboard TOTE Maritime Alaska’s Midnight Sun while it was docked in Anchorage on November 10, 2015, include:

1) Washington State’s Commerce Department Director, Brian Bonlender, Bosun Fadel Saleh, and Washington State Representative Gail Tarleton

2) Tacoma Councilman Joe Lonergan,  Washington State’s Commerce Department Director, Brian Bonlender,  Washington State Representative Gail Tarleton, Bosun Fadel Saleh, Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton, and Port of Tacoma Commissioner, Dick Marzano.

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Contact:

Richard Berkowitz
Director, Operations
Transportation Institute
(206) 419-6691
rberkowitz@trans-inst.org
www.trans-inst.org

TOTE Maritime Announces Shipyard for Conversion to Natural Gas

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Tyler Edgar
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Tyler.edgar@toteinc.com

TOTE Maritime Announces Shipyard for Conversion to Natural Gas

August 4, 2015 (Tacoma, WA) – TOTE Maritime announced that it has signed a contract with Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M)’s wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard Ltd for the conversion of the Midnight Sun to dual fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion. This is the world’s first major conversion of a large RO/RO vessel to LNG. The work will begin in December and is expected to be completed in 90 days.

Once complete, the Midnight Sun will emit fewer air and greenhouse gas emissions, reducing emissions of particulate matter by 91 percent, NOx by 100 percent, SOx by 90 percent and carbon dioxide by 35 percent.   Her sister ship, the North Star, is expected to be converted in the 2016/2017 time frame.

TOTE Maritime will be the first in North America to begin the conversion to natural gas. TOTE Maritime is part of the TOTE and Saltchuk organization that is leading the maritime industry into LNG with the introduction of the world’s first LNG powered containership into the Puerto Rico trade later this year.

“TOTE Maritime is excited to partner with Keppel for the conversion of the Midnight Sun, enabling her to operate on natural gas” stated John Parrott, President of TOTE Maritime. “The removal and replacement of the four engines, adding 2,200 cubic meters of LNG capacity along with the addition of 47 kilometers of new cabling is a complex undertaking, and we are confident that Keppel will provide safe, timely, high-quality work to ensure the best outcome for TOTE Maritime and our customers.”

Mr Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology), Keppel Offshore & Marine, said, “We are happy to start a new partnership with TOTE Maritime who has entrusted us with the conversion of their first RO/RO vessel to run on both diesel and natural gas. Due to natural gas’ cleaner burning properties, more and more vessel owners are choosing to have their ships powered by LNG. Leveraging our strong track record and experience in ship modification and conversion work, Keppel is well positioned to capture this growing market to meet the industry’s needs for environmentally friendly solutions.”

Puget Sound Energy, in partnership with TOTE Maritime and the Port of Tacoma, has plans to construct an LNG liquefaction terminal at the Port that will serve TOTE Maritime, residents of Puget Sound and the broader transportation industry in the Pacific Northwest. This facility is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2018.

In the short term, TOTE and its partner WesPac are building North America’s first LNG bunker barge to deliver fuel to the ships once converted.

TOTE honored with Paw of Approval award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 29, 2015

Contacts:
Kris Sherman, 253-404-3800; 253-226-6718 or kris.sherman@pdza.org
Whitney DalBalcon, 253-404-3637 or whitney.dalbalcon@pdza.org

TACOMA SHIPPING COMPANY HONORED WITH PAW OF APPROVAL AWARD FOR ITS INNOVATIVE WORK IN REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS

Metro Parks Commission President Tim Reid presents honor to Totem Ocean Trailer Express

TACOMA, Wash. – Totem Ocean Trailer Express, a shipping company that provides twice-weekly service between the ports of Tacoma and Anchorage, is the winner of the third annual Polar Bear Paw of Approval Award presented by Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the Sustainable Tacoma Commission and the Arctic Action Teams.

The company received the award Monday evening during a meeting of the Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners.

The Paw of Approval recognizes outstanding achievement by a Pierce County business in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Park Board President Tim Reid presented the award, which was accepted by Hartleigh Caine, senior operations manager for Totem Ocean Trailer Express. She also is a Zoo Society board member.

The Paw of Approval spotlights work being done to combat climate change, a key to maintaining habitat for polar bears and other Arctic animals.

“We are fortunate to have a corporate neighbor like Totem Ocean Trailer Express, with a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, operating out of Tacoma,” said John Garner, a passionate conservation specialist who instituted the award during his tenure as the zoo’s education curator. “It’s a pleasure to recognize a company that is leading the nation in addressing global climate change.”

Totem Ocean, which supplies more than one-third of all goods to the state of Alaska, installed shoreside power for its ships in 2010, according to its nomination for the Paw of Approval Award. Shoreside power allows ships to recharge through the electrical grid as they load and unload, instead of burning fuel oil while docked. The shipping company said this allowed it to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 2,600 tons per year.

The company also is working to convert its fleet to liquefied natural gas (LNG), reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 35 percent and other air emissions and particulate matter by at least 90 percent. It expects to begin conversion of one ship this year and another in 2016.

“We are honored to receive this award and proud of the work that we are doing to reduce our impact on the environment,” noted John Parrott, President of Totem Ocean Trailer Express. “We care deeply about the communities we serve, and converting our ships to LNG will further reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality.”

The Paw of Approval award signifies the power of polar bears, some of the most magnificent mammals on earth, and emphasizes the link between the animals’ health and climate change.

Polar bears rely on sea ice to launch their hunts for the seals that sustain their lives. Unchecked destruction of hunting grounds due to climate change endangers their existence.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium long has aided polar bear research and conservation efforts. The zoo parking lots and drives are “idle free” zones, in which motorists are asked to turn their engines off while they’re waiting for someone, thus reducing tailpipe emissions.

“The race to save polar bears will not be run in the Arctic, but instead in the cities that produce emissions tied to global warming,” said Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Education Curator Karen Povey, who made a presentation about the Paw of Approval award before parks commissioners on Monday evening. “We’re proud to acknowledge that Totem Ocean shares the values of the zoo and Metro Parks Tacoma in providing leadership in environmental stewardship within our community,” she added.

The zoo is home to three polar bears, Boris, Blizzard and Glacier.

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Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the Northwest’s only combined zoo and aquarium, promotes responsible stewardship of the world’s resources through education, conservation, research and recreational opportunities. The zoo, a division of Metro Parks Tacoma, is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA).

Two Safety Awards for TOTE Maritime

Press Release from State of Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce Development:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (March 31, 2015) — Participation in the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference grew this year, with more than 400 Alaskans gathering in Anchorage last week to learn strategies for improving health and safety in the workplace.

The three-day conference is organized by volunteers who serve on the Alaska Safety Advisory Council. Each year, outstanding Alaska businesses and individuals are recognized for their achievements in promoting workplace health and safety.

 Everett Award

The Everett Award is named for the longest serving member of the Alaska Safety Advisory Council, “Safety Herb” Everett. The award recognizes outstanding contributions made by individual safety professionals.

Gordon Randall has dedicated more than four decades to providing safety and health training and services to Alaska residents. Randall serves as Safety Manager on the BP Tools Services Program, which has not had a lost time accident in more than 21 years.

Lee Bauke administers the field safety inspection process on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline System and routinely audits contractors on the terms of their safety plans to ensure necessary controls are in place. Bauke has more than 15 years of extensive safety experience in a variety positions, is an adjunct professor with the University of Alaska, and serves on the Alaska Safety Advisory Council.

Bill Nickerson is a long time Alaska Occupational Safety and Health professional who always puts the safety mission first and makes himself available to mentor other safety professionals. Nickerson’s colleagues describe his experience, knowledge, attention to detail and professionalism as second to none.

 Governor’s Safety Award of Excellence

This recognition is awarded to groups demonstrating excellence in safety and health systems that protect employees in the workplace and promote corporate citizenship.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company achieved over 1.6 million hours worked in 2014 without a lost time or restricted work recordable incident. Management and employees participate in a nested concept of continuous enforcement and improvement in all aspects of safe job performance.

Silver Mountain Construction LLC quadrupled their number of employees in the past three years while maintaining a perfect safety record with zero injuries in the workplace. The company’s dedication to safety is embedded in the proposal and developmental stage of each project.

Weaver Brothers makes their primary mission to be “The Safest Trucking Company in Alaska.” For the past three years, their efforts in behavior based safety led to a reduction of injuries and illness while increasing their workforce and labor hours.

Cornerstone General Contractors delivers high standards in safety in the construction industry. Their daily and weekly labor meetings focus on hazard identification and prevention in the workplace. The company has logged over 400,000 hours of work in the past three years with only one recordable injury.

CB&I Federal Services strives to exceed safety and health standards by empowering their employees to consciously and competently step through their tasks, permits, tools and equipment while on the job site. CB&I at Fort Wainwright has worked over 1.5 million hours since their last lost time accident.

Weldin Construction LLC has shown remarkable dedication to safety in all of their projects over the last three years. The company demonstrates their commitment by investing in their employees and conducting in-house training, paying for all training costs and wages of employees who attend training.

Fairweather LLC is the gold standard for implementing Health and Safety Education programs, policies, and procedures. Alaska is a safer place to work in part because of their continuous leadership and efforts to improve safety and health.

Granite Construction executes a near perfect safety record with an excellent safety program that is branded in continuous improvement and training. They are one of the largest heavy civil contractors and construction materials producers in the state, while maintaining a rate of recordable injuries and illness 64% better than the industry standard.

Totem Ocean Trailer Express has developed a safety and health management system that is committed to prevention of illness, compliance with legal requirements, and 3 continual improvement. In the past three years, they have transported cargo, heavy equipment and trailers with a 99% on time delivery record, all while maintaining an impeccable safety record that beats the industry standard by 34%.

Trident Seafoods received three awards to recognize their operations in Akutan, Ketchikan and Petersburg. The company implements a comprehensive health and safety program that assigns responsibility to all levels of leadership and employees. In the past three years, the Akutan, Ketchikan and Petersburg plants have logged more than 11 million work hours, while maintaining an average total recordable injuries and illness rating of 42% better than the industry standard.

Innovation in Safety Award

This new award category recognizes organizations for developing innovative concepts to improve health and safety in the workplace.

City of Kenai Shop Maintenance Department implemented an innovative modification to the console design in police vehicles that eliminates potential hazards and improves the layout and function of the vehicles. The innovations have improved morale and increased the situational awareness and safety for law enforcement team members.

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Alaska Safety Advisory Council http://labor.alaska.gov/lss/asac.htm

 PDF Download: Governor Safety Award

WestPac Midstream to build first LNG bunker

WESPAC MIDSTREAM SIGNS CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT TO BUILD
FIRST LNG BUNKER BARGE IN NORTH AMERICA FOR TOTE

Agreement underlines commitment to provide comprehensive
solution for ship owners to meet ECA compliance

IRVINE, CA, U.S.A.: WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), a leading provider of energy infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the global facilitator of tailored solutions for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance, announced today a construction contract with Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc., a division of Conrad Shipyard, LLC, to build the first dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America. This barge will be a critical supply chain component in ongoing efforts around the world to reduce the environmental impact of maritime activity through the conversion of ships to LNG.

The first 2,200 cubic meter (cbm) barge is expected to be delivered in early 2016 and planned to initially be deployed in Tacoma, Washington, to service shipowner Totem Ocean Trailer Express’s (Totem Ocean) “Orca class” RO/RO vessels, in addition to other LNG-powered vessels. Subsequently the barge will be relocated to Jacksonville, Florida to serve TOTE’s (parent company to Totem Ocean) newbuild “Marlin class” container vessels and other LNG-powered vessels in the Port of Jacksonville.

The LNG barge will feature one tank equipped with MARK III Flex cargo containment technology, from the French engineering and technology company GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz), to be constructed by Conrad Orange Shipyard under GTT license. Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. will be responsible for the vessel’s design, with the American Bureau for Shipping (ABS) acting as the classification society.

This initial bunker barge for TOTE is part of the WesPac/CME plan to provide an integrated LNG solution for engine conversion, infrastructure, supply, and delivery logistics to the shipping industry. As more U.S. Jones Act shipowners and operators seek to meet stringent 0.1 percent sulfur limits within ECAs by converting to LNG as a cleaner bunker fuel, WesPac/CME plans to exercise its options with Conrad to construct additional LNG fueling barges to serve other North American ports. Pace Ralli, CEO and Co-Founder of CME, commented: “A comprehensive LNG supply and distribution network for the marine market in North America is critical for the shipping industry. Today’s announcement shows that WesPac/CME is taking the necessary steps to complete the LNG supply chain so ship owners can be assured LNG will be available when and where it is needed.”

Peter Keller, EVP of TOTE, stated: “We are pleased to work with our partners WesPac and CME on these groundbreaking LNG projects. This sophisticated new barge, constructed by Conrad and utilizing GTT membrane technology, will serve both our Orca class vessels as they are converted to LNG and the Marlins, the world’s first LNG dual fueled container vessels. TOTE is committed to caring for the environment and the communities we serve and this barge will enable us to supply our ships with LNG, a cleaner alternative fuel.”

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About WesPac Midstream
WesPac is a private energy infrastructure company founded in 1998 to develop, build,
own and operate midstream assets in North America. WesPac’s primary focus is on
infrastructure for the emerging transportation sector for marine vessels, trains and
vehicles switching to LNG from diesel or other oil-based fuels. WesPac provides turnkey
solutions that are designed and engineered by WesPac for the specific needs of its
customers. Please visit WesPac’s website at http://www.wespac.com/.

About Clean Marine Energy
CME offers ship owners tailored solutions for emissions compliance, including a
proprietary financing mechanism to retrofit vessels with LNG fueling technology without
a large upfront capital requirement. CME’s comprehensive offering is built on strategic
partnerships between industry leaders that combine technology, engineering expertise,
capabilities and track record. CME developed the LNG barge project with the support of
its affiliate, Mid Ocean Marine LLC, the technical services of Alternative Marine
Technologies LLC (Amtech), and the ship broker services of Shipping & Finance Ltd.
Please visit CME’s website at http://www.cleanmarineenergy.com/.

About Highstar / Oaktree Capital
WesPac’s primary investor Highstar Capital, founded in 1998, is an infrastructure
investment firm with deep expertise in energy investing and development. In August
2014, the Highstar Capital investment team joined Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., a
global investment management firm with more than $93 billion in diversified assets
under its management as of September 30, 2014, and considerable experience in the
energy industry. Please visit Oaktree’s website at http://www.oaktreecapital.com/.

About GTT
GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) is the world leader in cryogenic membrane
containment systems used for the transport and the storage of LNG. For over 50 years,
GTT has offered to its customers technologies which allow them to optimize storage
space and reduce the construction and operation costs of ships or tanks equipped with
these systems. GTT operates in several sectors: LNGCs (Liquefied Natural Gas
Carriers) and VLECs (Very Large Ethane Carriers), Multi-gas carriers, FLNGs (Floating
Liquefied Natural Gas units), FSRUs (Floating Storage and Regasification units),
onshore storage tanks and the use of LNG as a fuel. GTT is listed on Euronext Paris,
Compartment A (ISIN FR0011726835 Euronext Paris: GTT) and is included in SBF 120
and MSCI Small Cap indices. Please visit GTT’s website at http://www.gtt.fr/.

About Conrad Shipyard
Conrad Shipyard, LLC specializes in the construction, conversion and repair of a wide
variety of marine vessels for commercial and governmental customers and the
fabrication of modular components of offshore drilling rigs and floating, production,
storage and offloading vessels. Conrad’s Orange, Texas shipyard has been licensed by
GTT to build their membrane tanks in the US. The yard is located on the Sabine River
approximately 37 miles from the Gulf of Mexico on approximately 12 acres. The
shipyard has six construction bays under approximately 110,000 square feet of
enclosed building area with 14 overhead cranes. Please visit Conrad’s website at http://www.conradindustries.com/.

About Bristol Harbor Group
Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. is a full service naval architecture and marine engineering
firm specializing in commercial vessel design and consulting. For more than 20 years,
BHGI has produced many unique designs, to which more than 100 vessels have been
built. These include: barges, tugs, ATB’s, passenger vessels, dredges, and yachts.
Please visit BHGI’s website at http://www.bristolharborgroup.com.

About TOTE
TOTE is a leading transportation and logistics company, overseeing some of the most
trusted companies in the US. TOTE Maritime companies Totem Ocean Trailer Express
and Sea Star Line bring unmatched reliability and service to the Alaska and Puerto Rico
markets. TOTE Services offers crewing and technical services to meet the needs of
commercial, privately owned and U.S. Government vessels. Carlile Transportation
ensures freight arrives in perfect condition to some of the world’s most challenging
destinations. TOTE is part of the Saltchuk family of companies. Please visit TOTE’s
website at http://www.toteinc.com.

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