Letter from Mike Noone
As we watched Tropical Storm Dorian intensify to a Hurricane during the last week of August, our San Juan terminal was in its projected path. Our San Juan team planned and executed the safe and efficient transition of the port to ZULU Terminal Status. Luckily, Puerto Rico sustained only minor damages and was fully operational the next morning.
Dorian’s move towards the Florida coast was not fast but furious. Reaching Category 5 status, we all watched with sincere sympathy for our sister companies’ (Tropical and StratAir) employees and their families across the Bahamas. (More to come on how we can support rebuilding these communities.) Our vessels continued to follow the storm from a distance to ensure our crew remained safe. Though Hurricane Dorian continued to taunt those of us on the mainland for several days, the coast of Florida only sustained heavy gusts and rain as the storm passed, not making landfall.
I am happy to report that all TOTE families are safe and had minimal damages to their homes in Puerto Rico and Florida.
I want to personally thank you for the outstanding support from the TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico customers as we revised schedules in preparation for and during Hurricane Dorian’s weather events through the Caribbean and up the east coast. I was particularly grateful for the level of commitment, patience and professionalism your teams demonstrated while working with us.
You have my sincere gratitude as we move forward with minimal interruption to servicing the island of Puerto Rico.
Support for Bahamas
As most of you are aware, Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas this week, where it hovered for nearly 30 hours as a category 5 hurricane. Saltchuk has confirmed that all Tropical Shipping, TOTE, Shoreside, Foss and StratAir employees are safe and accounted for, including the 15 Tropical employees located in Abaco and Freeport.
Many of our employees have asked how they can support those impacted by this incredible hurricane. Later today, we will provide information about what you can do to help support our colleagues at Saltchuk who lost their homes.
We would also like you to know that our sister company Tropical has established a partnership with Carnival Corp. to provide emergency food and supplies to the Bahamas. Following is the announcement about the relief efforts that Tropical and Carnival made - Click Here.
Safety Awareness at TOTE's Jacksonville Port
TOTE partners with Signal Mutual for a review of their safety procedures. Two collaborative learning sessions were held and multiple TOTE and Portus employees attended. TOTE will continue to hold this training, among others, throughout the organization.
The next session will be held in San Juan in late October/ early November. Additional training to be offered by Signal Mutual will be accident investigation, to assist with root cause analysis, as well as 10-hour and 30-hour OSHA Maritime classes. Safety is at the forefront of every decision and action at TOTE.
One month from Dreams Come True 5K on 9.28.19.
You can help.
TOTE is busy fundraising and training for the #DCT5K #WalkRunRoll Some of the many Employee fundraisers include Custom Basket Auction, Taco Tuesday, Jeans Days and a Chili cookoff! Interested in contributing? Learn more
Dreams Come True (DCT) Jacksonville is a cause that was chosen by TMPR employees as a way they wanted to give back in 2019. DCT is the only locally-based, wish granting organization within the First Coast dedicated to using the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to EVERY First Coast child battling a life-threatening illness.
TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico Scholarship Winners
TOTE is proud to support local education and propel the future leaders in Transportation and Logistics! Michelle Graves and Andrea Romero are this year's scholarship winners.
Michelle is a veteran of the US Air Force with 10 years in medical logistics before relocating to Jacksonville. Michelle is targeted to graduate in December 2019 with her bachelor’s degree in Logistics from FSCJ and hopes to use her experience tracking and receiving medical equipment in the logistics field after graduation. After learning that Michelle received the 2019-2020 Scholarship endowment from TOTE, she accepted a summer position on our terminal generalist team. It was an honor to partner with Michelle and we look forward to seeing her grow as she finishes her studies.
Andrea Romero is a senior at UNF, graduating in the Spring with her bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics. Originally from Venezuela, Andrea finished high school at the early age of sixteen. She then moved to Jacksonville by herself to begin her college studies at UNF and start to build a new life away from the turmoil in her home country. Andrea is currently working with our sister company TOTE Services as a Supply Chain Management Intern focused on a project supporting liquified natural gas which fuels TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s vessels.
Highlight on Health
The September StepBet Challenge has been implemented by TOTE employees. Each participant will bet $10 to join the challenge, get their step goal, and get to stepping during the month of September! All proceeds will go to Dreams Come True 2019 support.
To learn more about how walking benefits you, click here.
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