SIU-contracted TOTE Maritime issued the following news release on November 7.
TOTE Maritime Prepares for Largest Cargo Week since Maria
Since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 19th, TOTE Maritime and its employees have been working around the clock to get relief and commercial goods to the people of Puerto Rico. Certainly, the largest effort is underway in San Juan to ensure the smooth and efficient movement of containers off the ships, onto the terminal and into the communities. However, significant work is also being done on the mainland to maximize the amount of cargo available on the island now that roads and communities are more accessible.
This week in San Juan, TOTE Maritime will receive more than 3000 containers of relief and commercial goods for the island. These containers will arrive in San Juan on one of five (5) different assets that TOTE Maritime is utilizing to support the island. This represents more than a 43 percent increase in TOTE’s Maritime’s weekly vessel capacity.
The increase in cargo delivery is a result of the addition of two barges to the TOTE Maritime fleet as well as a partnership between TOTE Maritime, Pasha Hawaii and Crowley Maritime – all Jones Act carriers – to increase goods being delivered to the island.
“TOTE Maritime has been working with a variety of partners to prepare for this increase in capacity” commented Tim Nolan. “For the first few weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico would not have been able to handle more cargo than what we typically deliver to the island. Now that roads are more accessible and relief / rebuilding operations are in full swing we know the island is ready for this increase in goods.”
TOTE Maritime’s schedule for the week is as follows:
- – November 6: Pasha’s Horizon Spirit departed Jacksonville for San Juan
- – November 7: Columbia Boston (barge) arrived San Juan with 375 containers
- – November 8: Isla Bella arrived in San Juan with 1062 containers
- – November 10: Charlotte Bridge (barge) scheduled to depart Jacksonville
- – November 11: Perla del Caribe scheduled to arrive in San Juan with 1048 containers