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TOTE Maritime is an owner/operator of domestic shipping in the United States. They specialize in moving cargo between North America to Puerto Rico and Alaska.[3] TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico was the owner of the SS El Faro, a large container ship that sank in 2015 after it steamed directly into a hurricane.[4]

TOTE Maritime
Interocean Management Corporation[1]
Founded1975 (1975) as TOTEm Ocean Trailer Express[1]
Headquarters14 Nassau Street, ,
Area served
North America
Key people
Anthony Chiarello, CEO
Michael B. Holt, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer[2]
BrandsTOTE Marine, TOTE Services, TOTE Shipholdings
Servicesshipping, crew staffing, cargo ship charters


The Sea Star Line is a subsidiary of Tote Maritime.[5]


  • SS Great Land 1975 - Ponce-Class roll-on/roll-off ship; decommissioned after 2010 and sent to be broken up 2013[6]
  • 6 Very Large Crude Carriers - operated by Interocean Management Corporation (now Tote Services) from 1975 to 1980
  • 3 Liberty Class ships - operated by Interocean Management Corporation (now Tote Services) from 1975 to 1980
  • SS Westward Venture 1977 - Ponce-Class Ro/RO ship
  • SS Northern Lights 1975, renamed 1991 and acquired in 1993; became SS El Faro in 2006 and sank in 2015[7]
  • SS El Morro 1974 - sister to El Faro, scrapped in 2012 after a Coast Guard inspection revealed the ship was structurally unsound.[4]
  • SS El Yunque 1976 - sister to El Faro, scrapped in 2017 after a Coast Guard inspection revealed the ventilation trunks had rusted away.[4]

List of ships owned by TOTE:

  • 2 tug and barge set - acquired 1985
  • 2 tug and barge set - acquired 1990
  • MV Midnight Sun 2002 - Orca Class ship (to be converted as LNG 2016)
  • MV North Star 2003 - Orca Class ship (to be converted as LNG 2016)

Tote Maritime is notable for ordering the world's first LNG-powered container ships:

El Faro sinkingEdit

The SS El Faro was lost with all hands after entering the path of Hurricane Joaquin and losing power between Florida and the Bahamas on October 1, 2015. Coast Guard investigators lambasted TOTE Maritime, stating the company made several violations regarding crew members' rest periods and work hours, had no dedicated safety officer to oversee the El Faro, and used outdated, "open air" lifeboats (similar to the types used on older vessels, such as the RMS Titanic) instead of the modern enclosed survival craft, among other violations.[9] The company never filed an internal incident and investigation record for the sinking.[4]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "TOTE History". TOTE Maritime. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Leadership". TOTE Inc. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ "TOTE Maritime". TOTE Maritime. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Slade, Rachel. Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm and the Sinking of the El Faro. HarperCollins, New York, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "TOTE and NASSCO Launch World's Most Environmentally Friendly Containership". Tote Inc. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  6. ^ Gillie, John (15 March 2013). "TOTE's SS Great Land is towed away to the ship breakers after illustrious Tacoma career". The News Tribune. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  7. ^ Brogan, Beth (5 October 2015). "El Faro part of TOTE Maritime fleet owned by Washington conglomerate". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  8. ^ "NASSCO presents the Launch of the World's First LNG-Powered Containership". National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Coast Guard report: Captain errors led up to El Faro sinking". Fox10 TV.