Technical Services

A full-service manager, TOTE Services skillfully and expertly supports and maintains ship owner’s interests and property by providing top-to-bottom full technical management worldwide and other industry related support.  Currently TOTE Services provides technical management for 25 American Flag vessels.

TOTE Services’ experienced staff stand ready to assist with:

  • New Building Supervision –  TOTE Services has supervised new construction at General Dynamics NASSCO (LNG Containerships), Avondale (Tankers), Newport News (Tankers) and Mitsubishi (Tankers).
  • Full Technical Management – TOTE Services has provided full technical management for the TOTE Maritime fleet since 1975, including permanent and temporary vessels used to serve the Alaska and Puerto Rico markets.
  • Major Specialized Maritime Operations – Operated vessels in major military support operations, including: Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
  • Shipyard Overhaul Supervision – Managed dry-dockings worldwide. Most recently in USA, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Poland, Germany, Dubai, U.A.E., Spain and UK.
  • Commissioning and Delivery Sea Trials – Performed commissioning and sea trials for Bay Shipbuilding of Sturgeon Bay; Newport News Shipbuilding; Aker Philadelphia Shipping and Marinette Marine Corp, including a T-ACS, Training Vessel, two LMSRs, 15 Product Tankers, four Container Ships and a Navy LCS.
  • Conversion Projects Management – Supervised numerous vessel conversions, including a semi-submersible platform into SBX-Vessel for Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Currently supervising world first engine conversion of RO/RO containerships to LNG.
  • Vessel Lay-up and/or Reactivation Services – Extensive experience for over 25 years in activations and lay-up of a large fleet of government owned vessels.
  • Vessel Re-flagging Services – Since 2004 TOTE Services has brought five foreign flag vessels under US flag.
  • Safety & Environmental Audits
  • Custodian Services
  • Vessel Life Cycle Management
  • Ship Recycling Services
  • Maritime Technical Consulting
  • Maritime Environmental Consulting


TOTE Services provides marine management services, shore side supervision, Licensed Officers and Unlicensed crew members to perform major-conversion and new construction dock trials, builder’s trials and acceptance trials for major U.S. shipbuilders.

Tasking / requirements necessary to conduct these activities include the following management and operational aspects:

  • Initial provision and sundries ordering, receipt and storing
  • Fit-out of galley, hotel and accommodations
  • Vetting, selection and training of light-off and trial crews
  • Management of statutory and regulatory requirements in preparation of trials
  • Safe operation and management of the ships in accordance with statutory, regulatory and classification society requirements
  • Emergency response and casualty control
  • Perform systems activations and testing



In addition to the above stated new construction and major conversion history, TOTE Services has delivered specialized technical services during the new-construction phase of the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program. Through a subcontract with Lockheed Martin, TOTE Services provided new construction engineering reviews for the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, LCS, USS Freedom (LCS-1). TOTE Services’ inputs in these areas were incorporated into various design changes. Additionally, while working on this new-construction project, TOTE Services developed and conducted operational training programs for the ship crew.