Tote Maritime Alaska pushes back deadlines for LNG conversion of vessels

Shipping line Tote Maritime Alaska has altered its liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion schedule, including delaying by another year the planned conversion of its 2003-built ro-ro vehicle carrier Midnight Sun.

Midnight Sun, an Orca Class ship, was originally scheduled for conversion to LNG from mid-December 2018 to early February 2019 but that deadline has now been pushed back with the first phase of conversion set for late 2019.

The second phase has been re-set for 2021-22.

And its other ro-ro Orca class ship North Star has had its second phase of conversion delayed to 2020-21.

Tote Maritime Alaska is a subsidiary of Princeton, New Jersey-based Tote Maritime and has been running Jones Act compliant routes in and out of Alaska since 1975.

In 2012 it announced its intention to convert its fleet to LNG, which is cleaner and more cost-efficient than more conventional fuels.

Tote Maritime is notable for ordering the world’s first LNG-powered container ships.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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