TOTE Maritime Alaska About

History & Values

When the S.S. Great Land made its inaugural voyage to the Port of Anchorage on September 10, 1975, tens of thousands of workers seeking high-paying jobs were moving to Alaska to help build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Alaska’s oil boom also inspired TOTE Maritime’s entry in the Alaska trade.

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When the pipeline was completed in 1977, many workers and their families stayed behind to call Alaska home – TOTE Maritime Alaska has served the Last Frontier ever since.

As TOTE Maritime Alaska’s first vessel, the American-made S.S. Great Land carried up to 386 trailers and 126 vehicles at a cruising speed of 22 knots. In 1977, a second new vessel, the S.S. Westward Venture, joined the fleet to keep up with the growing demands of the Alaska trade.In 2003, our built-for-Alaska Orca Class vessels M.V. Midnight Sun and M.V. North Star began serving Alaska with more carrying capacity and an even faster cruising speed.

In 2017, TOTE Maritime Alaska began converting our Orca Class vessels to liquefied natural gas power, bringing the world’s most advanced, environmentally friendly technology to Alaska.

As TOTE Maritime Alaska celebrates more than 40 years of service, our commitment to Alaska is stronger than ever.


As a TOTE company, we are part of a family of companies committed to offering the highest level of service while ensuring the safety of the individuals and communities we touch.

  • Safety – At the forefront of every decision and action
  • Commitment – To our people, customers, communities and environment
  • Integrity – The foundation for everything we do

Mission Statement

Delivering the best customer experience possible