TOTE delays Midnight Sun's LNG conversion

Tote 6x 2007 Ken Graham Photography

The following is text of a news release from TOTE Maritime:

(FEDERAL WAY, Wash.) — TOTE Maritime Alaska is adjusting the LNG (liquefied natural gas) conversion schedule and has elected to delay the upcoming Midnight Sun LNG conversion phase 1 dry dock by one year. Midnight Sun was originally scheduled to undergo phase 1 of the LNG conversion from mid-December 2018 through early February 2019. TOTE Maritime Alaska will continue sailing both vessels throughout the year with the exception of routine holiday single sailings.

The adjustment to the conversion schedule aligns the Orca’s LNG readiness to the most recent timeline for Tacoma’s LNG plant completion.

In place of this year’s dry-dock period, TOTE will continue preparing Midnight Sun’s transition to LNG for items that don’t require a dry dock.

TOTE Maritime Alaska is fully committed to convert the Orca-class vessels to LNG, the most environmentally friendly maritime fuel available.

The new conversion schedule is as follows;

• Midnight Sun phase 1: 2019-2020
• North Star phase 2: 2020-2021
• Midnight Sun phase 2: 2021-2022

By Professional Mariner Staff