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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.