Saltchuk Companies Lead in Environmental Innovation & Stewardship

Saltchuk is committed to operating in a way that minimizes negative impacts on the environment. Our goal is to be an industry leader and innovator in our stewardship of the environment.

Saltchuk is proud of our companies’ investments in clean technology and alternative fuels that have set new standards in reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality in the transportation industry.

TOTE Marlin Class Vessels

The World’s First LNG-Powered Containerships

TOTE is proud to build the world’s first natural gas-powered containerships for the U.S. maritime industry.

The Marlin-class vessels are the most advanced, environmentally responsible vessels of their kind – reducing vessel sulfur emissions (SOX) by 97 percent, particulate matter (PM) by 98 percent, nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 60 percent, and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 72 percent, while providing safe, reliable cargo deliveries.

Two Marlin-class vessels are under construction at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, CA. These American-made ships will enter service in late 2015 and early 2016, between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

See ANGA’s Think About It campaign featuring the Marlin vessels.

TOTE Orca Class Conversion

Reducing Emissions, Leading the Nation

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

As a result of the conversion, the Orcas will set new standards for environmental responsibility by reducing sulfur oxide (SOx) emission by 100 percent; particulate matter (PM) by 91 percent; nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 90 percent; and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 35 percent.

Watch the story of the team making it happen

Foss Hybrid Tugs

Reducing Emissions for Cleaner Air at Our Nation’s Ports

In 2008, Foss designed and built the world’s first hybrid tugboat, the Carolyn Dorothy; and the company converted a second Dolphin-class tug, the Campbell Foss, in 2011.

These tugs were designed to retain the power and maneuverability of their sister Dolphin-class tugs, while dramatically reducing emissions, noise, and fuel consumption. Foss was awarded EPA’s prestigious Clean Air Excellence Award for this innovative design in 2008.

Double Hulled Barges Lead to Lower Emissions

Foss Takes the Lead on Vapory Recovery

In 2008 Foss replaced five barges with uncertified engines with five new double-hulled barges with certified non-road Tier 3 engines and vapor recovery systems. The vapory recovery systems are designed to significantly reduce the amount of vapors being released from a barge during the transfer process. With these five double-hulled barges Foss was able to retire the last of their single-hulled barges, well ahead of the USCG OPA90 schedule.

TOTE Shore Power

Improving Air Quality, Utilizing Electricity to Power the Ships While at Port

In October 2013, TOTE became the cargo carrier at the Port of Tacoma, Washington to utilize the shoreside electrical grid for power when their ships are in port. By utilizing shore power, TOTE eliminates air emissions while the ships are at the dock.

The TOTE terminal in Tacoma was the first cargo terminal on Puget Sound to initiate the practice.

TOTE Raingardens

An Innovative Approach to Storm Water Mitigation

In 2011 TOTE installed the Puget Sound region’s first industrial rain gardens at their Port of Tacoma terminal. The rain gardens, which feature almost 600 native plants, are designed to filter pollutants from water that runs off building rooftops and the property where TOTE carries out its daily operations.

Approximately a quarter of a million gallons of water is routed through the gardens each year, eliminating more than 80 percent of heavy metals that otherwise would flow directly into Commencement Bay. The rain gardens have become a centerpiece for South Sound conservationists looking for low cost, high impact solutions to improve water quality.

Young Brothers Solar Power Project

Harnessing the Power of the Sun to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint in Hawaii

Young Brothers invested in renewable energy in November 2010 with 432 new solar panels installed at its Pier 40 location at Honolulu Harbor.  The 116kW photovoltaic system will produce enough clean, renewable energy over its lifetime to preserve more than 15,000 trees and conserve more than 400,000 gallons of gasoline.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Young Brothers

Cutting Edge Innovation

In 2014 Young Brothers partnered with Sandia National Laboratory to test portable, hydrogen-fueled proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells for barges. The fuel cells were housed in a 40-ft container to supply power for refrigerated containers, replacing diesel generators currently used to provide electricity for temperature-controlled containers. Hydrogen fuel emits only water vapor. A successful deployment of containerized fuel cells could significantly reduce port emissions and validate the concept for other port applications.