New Hacienda declaration platform requirement

Effective Oct 28th after 4:00pm PICO import declaration will be offline and all declaration must be made thru the new Hacienda declaration platform – SURI.

Importers need to register via SURI website:  https://suri.hacienda.pr.gov/_/?Language=ENG.  For support, importers should contact Hacienda at:  787-622-0123 available MondayFriday from 8am -4:30pm AST.

Virgin Islands – Bunker Fuel Charge 08-23-16

We are continuing to monitor the prices we pay for our bunker fuel. As a result we will be adjusting our bunker fuel charge as follows based on date of vessel departure:

 

Present

 

Effective 9/4/16

To / From:
Jacksonville
20’ Containers $254 $254
40’ / 45’ Containers $510 $510
53’ Containers $650 $650
Automobiles – Not Exceeding 900CFT $102 $102
Self-Propelled Units – Minimum 90SQFT $510 $510
To / From:
Interisland (San Juan & Virgin Islands)
20’ Containers $136 $146
40’ / 45’ Containers $274 $292
53’ Containers $350 $372
Automobiles – Not Exceeding 900CFT $76 $80
Self-Propelled Units – Minimum 90SQFT $160 $170

We will continue to closely monitor bunker price trends and will adjust accordingly. If you have any questions with regard to the application of the BFC, please do not hesitate to contact your TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, LLC representative.

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico Completing Major Equipment Upgrades

New_TOTE_ContainersSAN JUAN, P.R. – TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico has begun implementation of major equipment upgrades aimed at keeping their fleet the youngest in the Puerto Rican trade market.

In a continuation of ongoing equipment upgrades that began in 2014, TOTE Maritime began this summer receiving 285 new 40-foot refrigerated containers, or reefers, as well as 150 53-foot chassis and 30 new 31-foot tank chassis for their terminals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Stateside, TOTE Maritime this summer purchased 100 new generators; 50 of them clip-on generators and 50 of them underslung chassis mounted generators.

In August, TOTE Maritime is expecting to receive an additional 300 new 53-foot tri-modal containers, which is the predominant size for the company’s new class of vessels. The addition brings the total tri-modal container fleet to more than 2,000, all less than a year old.

Ongoing investments like these are an important part of helping TOTE Maritime maintain the youngest fleet in the Puerto Rican trade market, according to Jim Wagstaff, vice president for operations at TOTE Maritime.

“TOTE Maritime is the predominant refrigerated cargo carrier in the Puerto Rican market,” Wagstaff said. “It is crucial that we continue to invest in the latest equipment to exceed our customers’ expectations, and to also maintain our dedicated and committed service.”

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TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico headquartered in Jacksonville, FL offers integrated transportation services to and from the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With the world’s first liquefied natural gas powered containerships and state of the art lift-on, lift-off capabilities, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico vessels are the most advanced in the trade. Company operations are certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 28000 and Green Office standards. For more information, visit www.totemaritime.com.

TOTE Maritime, INTERSHIP Team to Create Puerto Rico’s Leading Terminal Operator

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NEW SAN JUAN JOINT VENTURE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES, BENEFITS TO CUSTOMERS

SAN JUAN, P.R. – TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and INTERSHIP have teamed to form one of the largest, most experienced and most advanced terminal operating companies serving Puerto Rico.

The joint venture announced this month called Puerto Rico Terminals, or PRT, includes combining two of the largest maritime operations and $38 million worth of existing assets at the Puerto Nuevo terminals near San Juan. PRT will move over 250,000 containers and autos annually in and out of Puerto Rico. Improvements in operations, safety and productivity sparked by the joint venture are expected to drive significant growth, said Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of TOTE.

“We’ve taken two transportation and logistics companies with more than 80 years of combined experience serving Puerto Rico and blended their complimentary assets to form a partnership that will lead maritime operations in the commonwealth,” Chiarello said. “This exciting move comes at a crucial time, and provides tremendous benefits to our customers and the people of Puerto Rico.”

PRT customers will see improved vessel turn times, enhanced safety and security features and other technology-based service upgrades, Chiarello said.

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and INTERSHIP operated on adjacent properties at the Puerto Nuevo terminals east of San Juan. Together, the new PRT property covers 122 acres and includes eight newly renovated cranes, as well as eight inbound/outbound lanes and RORO/LOLO cargo handling. PRT customers now enjoy the benefits of the latest technology, safety features and service automation. With the deepest draft in San Juan Bay, PRT will be able to efficiently serve a wide variety of vessel types.

PRT has contracted with longtime TOTE Maritime partner SSA Marine to manage stevedoring and terminal operations. SSA Marine’s proven track record of industry-leading training, safety and security will be very attractive to existing and new PRT customers. The entire joint venture is part of TOTE’s ongoing commitment to serving and financially investing in Puerto Rico, Chiarello said.

“Partnering with such talented organizations offers TOTE an expanded pool of technology, assets and safety protocols that allows us to deliver superior service to TOTE Maritime and the other ocean carriers who utilize PRT’s service,” Chiarello said.

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico Successfully Performs First LNG Bunkering at Jacksonville Port

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Media Contact:
Bee Meas
bmeas@totemaritime.com
253-449-8162

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico Successfully Performs First LNG Bunkering at Jacksonville Port

January 12, 2016 – Jacksonville, FL – On Saturday, January 9, 2016, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico successfully loaded LNG bunkers aboard the world’s first LNG powered containership, MV Isla Bella. Approximately 100,000 LNG gallons transported by 12 TOTE-owned LNG ISO containers were loaded on schedule. The bunkering was conducted under strict US Coast Guard oversight while Isla Bella was also undergoing cargo operations.

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico LNG BunkThe LNG was transferred from the ISO tank containers using a specially developed transfer skid developed by TOTE’s partner Applied Cryogenics Technologies (ACT) of Houston, Texas. The transfer skid is designed to allow four ISO tanks to be transferred to Isla Bella at once, dramatically reducing transfer time.

The LNG was sourced by TOTE’s partner, JAX LNG, LLC, from AGL Resources’ LNG production facility in Macon, Georgia. Genox Transportation, a specialized LNG trucking partner of TOTE, transported the fuel to Jacksonville. Pivotal LNG, a subsidiary of AGL Resources, also provided transfer expertise to TOTE Maritime with its highly trained LNG experts, ensured the operation was conducted safely and in accordance with best industry practices.

Oversight of the operation both at shipside and on shore was provided by TOTE Services, Inc. (TSI), TOTE Maritime’s sister company that manages the vessels.

“We are very pleased with the results of this initial LNG bunker event and know that the use of LNG in our Marlin Class vessels will provide unprecedented environmental benefits both here in Jacksonville and in Puerto Rico,” said Tim Nolan, President of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico. “We are indebted to USCG Sector Jacksonville for their diligent oversight and assistance that was invaluable and helped make this event a success. Our partners ACT, Pivotal LNG and Genox were also major components of our success. Our sister company, TSI, has developed significant expertise in LNG as a Maritime fuel and ensures that our vessels operate safely and efficiently using this environmentally superior fuel.”

Applied Cryo Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is the premier equipment supplier for cryogenics in North America. ACT is proud to be the first to market with this type of bunkering equipment for the marine industry.  Leveraging ACT’s innovative style and unrivaled experience in LNG equipment is sure to bring success to any LNG fueling project.

Pivotal LNG brings liquefied natural gas to companies and industries throughout the United States through reliable, flexible and cost-effective solutions.

TOTE Maritime provides safe, reliable transportation at the fastest speed possible for the Puerto Rican and related Caribbean trades.

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El Faro Relief Fund

TOTE has received countless requests from individuals, mariners, customers, and communities all over the world asking how they can support the families of the El Faro crew.

The Seamen’s Church Institute, North America’s largest mariners service agency, has created a fund that will support the families and loved ones of the crew of the El Faro.

You can contribute to the fund here.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for all those affected by this tragic accident.

For information about the El Faro incident and updates from the NTSB investigation, please visit www.elfaroincident.com.

TOTE Media Release: 10-6-15, 16:00 EST

Jacksonville, FL (Oct. 6, 2015) – At 16:00 EST Tim Nolan, President of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, issued the following statement regarding efforts to locate and communicate with the El Faro and her crew.

“TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico continues to work with the Coast Guard in the ongoing search and rescue operations for survivors from the El Faro. Today, the following assets are engaged in the effort:

4 C-130s (2 Coast Guard, 2 Air Force)

1 Navy P-8 Poseidon

3 Coast Guard cutters

3 tugboats

2 Coast Guard helicopters

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico will be fully cooperating with the NTSB and Coast Guard as they conduct their federal investigations. In addition, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico plans to hire an independent third party maritime firm to conduct a safety assessment, which will be made public once completed. We wish to thank all those who are assisting us, providing support and praying for all involved.”

The dedicated media information line is (866.890.6763) and the incident website is www.ElFaroIncident.com. TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico continues to work closely with the Coast Guard and all activated resources in the search and will make timely, accurate updates via the website and phone line as they are available.

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Media Contact:
Mike Hanson
mhanson@mtinetworkusa.com
866.890.6763

Oct. 2 Update from TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico on El Faro

Statement from TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico Regarding the Current Situation with El Faro

Jacksonville, FL (October 2, 2015) – Tim Nolan, President of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico issued the following statement regarding the current situation with the El Faro.

“On September 29, the El Faro, one of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s two ships departed Jacksonville en-route to San Juan Puerto Rico. At the time of the El Faro’s departure, the vessel’s officers and crew were monitoring what was then Tropical Storm Joaquin. As of 720am EST on Thursday October 1, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico lost all communication with the El Faro. The US Coast Guard was immediately notified and since then we have been unable to reestablish communication. There are a number of possible reasons for the loss of communications among them the increasing severity of Hurricane Joaquin.

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s primary concern is for the safety and well-being of the 33 individuals on board. We are working to ensure clear and frequent communications with their families and loved ones as we learn more.

We have reached out to the families of those impacted and have established open lines of communication to provide them with timely updates. Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and their families.

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and all available resources to establish communication by whatever means possible.”

 

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico to Name Marlin Vessels

San Juan, Puerto Rico (April 29, 2015) – In June 2014, TOTE Maritime partnered with the eleven clubs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico in a contest to name the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels which will be dedicated to the Puerto Rico trade by TOTE, Sea Star Line’s parent company. The Marlin Class vessels have attracted international attention as the first cargo ships in the world to run on natural gas. In addition to their improved environmental profile, the Marlins will represent a new standard in safety and TOTE’s long-term commitment to the people of Puerto Rico.

The contest reached more than 2,000 children between the ages of six and eighteen on the island. Two winners were selected from hundreds of entries received.

Tim Nolan, President of Sea Star Line, stated: “Sea Star Line is committed to the communities we serve and thought the contest would be a special way to involve the youth of Puerto Rico. The Boys & Girls Clubs contribute to the development of young people. The response from the children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico was incredible.”

Paola Dominguez’s entry, Isla Bella, was selected as the winner for the first vessel launched. Ms. Dominguez is affiliated with the Las Margaritas club of the Boys and Girls Clubs. The ship is scheduled to be deployed in October. Isla Bella translates to beautiful island in English and will serve as a reminder of the cultural and economic significance of the ships for future generations. “The Boys & Girls Clubs are very excited with this partnership that will contribute to the development of our participants and allow them to learn more about the maritime transportation industry and the different opportunities that may exist for them,” stated the Eduardo Carrera, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico.

A university scholarship will be presented to Paola Dominguez as well as the second winner to be named in the early fall when the second ship is launched.

Sea Star Line will deploy the two Marlin Class vessels with a capacity of 3100 TEUs. Each vessel will accommodate 268 refrigerated containers with expansion capabilities to handle up to 350 refrigerated units.

About Sea Star Line, LLC
Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Sea Star Line offers integrated transportation services to and from the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With simultaneous roll-on, roll-off and lift-on, lift-off capabilities, Sea Star vessels are the most versatile and efficient in the trade. Company operations are certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 28000 and Green Office standards. Sea Star Line is a TOTE company, part of the Saltchuk family of companies. For more information, visit www.SeaStarLine.com.
Paola Dominguez with a rendering of the new Marlin Class ship. The Isla Bella will enter service in the 4th quarter of 2015.

Contact:
Mike McDaid
Marketing, Strategic Planning and Yield Analyst
mmcdaid@seastarline.com
904-855-1260, Ext. 8862

Karen Gaskill
Vice President, Organizational Development
kgaskill@seastarline.com
904-855-1260, Ext. 4302

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TOTE Launches World’s First LNG Powered Containership

Isla Bella will Serve Puerto Rico Once in Service.

April 18, 2015 (San Diego, CA) – More than 3,400 gathered to watch as the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership, christened Isla Bella, was launched tonight in San Diego. The ships’ owner TOTE, in partnership with General Dynamics NASSCO, celebrated the completion of the first of two Marlin Class containerships headed to Puerto Rico later this year.

The use of LNG as a marine fuel in the U.S. defines a major shift for the industry. By switching to LNG, TOTE is reducing NOx emissions by 98 percent, SOx by 97 percent, carbon dioxide by 72 and particulate matter by 60 percent in the Puerto Rico trade.

In his remarks Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE noted “Building the Marlins has been about change as well as bold and innovative thinking. NASSCO and our other partners have enabled us to build these ships that reflect our commitment to the environment and doing what is right.”

The Marlin Class vessels have attracted international attention as the first cargo ships in the world to run on natural gas. In addition to their improved environmental profile, the Marlins will represent a new standard in safety and TOTE’s long-term commitment to the people of Puerto Rico.

The Chairman of Saltchuk, TOTE’s parent company, Mark Tabbutt thanked the many partners who worked on the new generation of containership. “We especially want to thank the hundreds of men and women that did the real work – the welding, the piping, the lifting, the planning, the electrical, the designing, the logistics, the painting, and all the other work that went into making these ships a reality.” He went on to recognize the support of the U.S. Maritime Administration and NASSCO for their long term partnership.

The ship’s name, Isla Bella, was selected from a contest hosted in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. Isla Bella translates to beautiful island in English and will serve as a reminder of the cultural and economic significance of the ships for future generations.

Sophie Sacco, wife of Michael Sacco President of the Seafarers International Union, is the ship’s sponsor and had the honors of christening and launching the vessel.

Congressman Duncan Hunter, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation provided the keynote address. “America’s maritime industry is critical not just for the economic benefits, but for national security purposes as well. With the launch of the world’s first natural gas-powered containership, NASSCO and TOTE prove that American shipbuilders and American ships can lead the industry in innovation, and it is my hope that American shipbuilders and operators can continue to build upon this success.”

General Paul Selva, Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) also spoke. “This first Marlin class ship exemplifies the technology and innovation that the United States is known for. It also highlights the commitment of companies like TOTE to supporting the U.S. military and maritime sector that is vitally important to our national defense” he noted in his remarks.

“The launch of the Isla Bella signals a very significant milestone for the thousands of men and women at NASSCO. Not only does it commemorate NASSCO’s 100th ship launch, it validates NASSCO’s capability to break new ground in green ship technology and lead in the design, construction, and conversion of ships to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of LNG,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.

The Isla Bella will enter service in the fourth quarter of 2015 between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The second Marlin Class vessel will be launched in the third quarter of 2015 and will enter service in the first quarter of 2016.

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Media Contact:
Tyler Edgar
TOTE
253-802-6479

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