LNG Expertise

TOTE Services is playing a critical role in bringing LNG fuel to the maritime sector.

TOTE Services, one of the leading ship management companies in the U.S., supported the new construction of the Marlins and will supervise the conversion of the TOTE Maritime Alaska fleet to LNG propulsion. Their experience in LNG propulsion systems is among the most extensive in the industry. TOTE and its operating companies are bringing LNG to the maritime sector as a viable and accessible fuel source. 


TOTE’s Marlin-class vessels are the most advanced, environmentally responsible vessels of their kind – while providing safe, reliable cargo deliveries that keep communities moving.

The two Marlin-class vessels were built at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. These American-made ships were delivered in late 2015 and early 2016, and operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This investment demonstrates our commitment to the environment and mark a new age of shipping, using the best technology in the world.


  • Sustained more than 600 American shipyard jobs during construction
  • Over $350 million capital commitment from TOTE
  • First Marlin ship entered service in late 2015; second ship in early 2016
  • Purpose-built for the Puerto Rico trade
  • Marlins accommodate 2.5x more 53’ containers than previous vessels
  • Bunker (fueling) in Jacksonville, Florida



The Marlin-class earned the Next Generation Shipping Award at the 2013 Nor-Shipping Conference, making TOTE the first U.S. company to take home this prestigious award.



TOTE is not just the first in the nation to build LNG ships, but we’re also first to convert our existing fleet to run on natural gas. TOTE Maritime’s two Orca Class vessels, which serve the Alaska trade, will be converted with minimal time out of service and return as the most environmentally advanced ships in the nation.

TOTE Services is overseeing and engaged a variety of aspects of this conversion including:

  • Technical expertise for engine conversion
  • Ensuring Minimal out of service time during conversion
  • New bunkering operations in Tacoma