US domestic shipping line Tote Maritime’s plan to start a new service between Hawaii and the mainland took a big step forward on Thursday when it was allocated piers at the planned Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT) in Honolulu Harbor.
Tote was already revealed in August to be the customer who placed orders with Philly Shipyard for two 3,700 teu container ships intended to ply the Hawaii route. And it has options to order the building of two more. The first two are set to be delivered in 2020 and 2021.
Now the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Harbors Division, which administers the commercial harbor system in the islands, has allocated Pier 1 and Pier 2 of KCT to Tote.
But the Princeton, New Jersey-based line must wait for KCT infrastructure improvements to be completed before it can launch the Hawaii service. Phase one of the KCT project is expected to begin in December this year.
Tote has more than 40 years of experience running dedicated services to Alaska and Puerto Rico.