The company’s president & CEO Anthony Chiarello is among 11 individuals honored by the White House as 2014 transportation industry “Champions of Change.” Chiarello was chosen for his role in leading the U.S. maritime industry toward natural gas as fuel. TOTE is building the first natural gas-powered container ships in the world to serve Puerto Rico and is converting its ships in Alaska to natural gas.
“As a Jones Act domestic carrier, we’re uniquely positioned to make real change in the supply conundrum as availability of fuel is a big hurdle for most transportation sectors,” Chiarello said. “Our regular service routes set out a steady demand to entice fuel partners to build liquefaction plants in our ports thus making LNG available to others in those markets. Supply in Jacksonville (Florida) and Tacoma (Washington) will serve the Southeast and Pacific Northwest with natural gas that can be used for ships, trucks, and rail.”
TOTE is the first in the U.S. to convert its fleet to LNG. It announced plans to renew ships in 2012. Natural gas-powered ships will achieve emissions reductions far below even the world’s most stringent regulatory standards. These emissions reductions will have long-lasting and far-reaching positive effects on the health and safety of citizens along the U.S. coastline, particularly in Washington, Alaska, Florida, and Puerto Rico, where TOTE ships are part of the critical domestic supply chain.
“We’re pleased to help move the U.S. toward natural gas as a marine transportation fuel while providing the most advanced, safe, reliable service possible,” added Chiarello.