• Our beginning – The first TOTE, Inc. company was born in 1975 when Sun Shipbuilding of Philadelphia established Totem Ocean Trailer Express, a RO/RO steamship service from Seattle to Anchorage. On September 10, 1975 the S.S. Great Land made her maiden voyage from Seattle (Pier 37) to Anchorage, marking the beginning of our commitment of servicing to the people of Alaska.
The company grew quickly and the next year moved to the Port of Tacoma, Washington. By 1977 the fleet size doubled with the addition of a second RO/RO, Ponce Class steamship, the S.S. Westward Venture.
• TOTE Services was founded in Delaware as Interocean Management Corporation as the result of a merger between two established maritime companies – Cities Service Tanker Fleet and Interstate, a tug and barge firm owned by the Hooper Family.
From 1975 until 1980 Interocean Management Corporation, or IOM, operated a diverse fleet which included crewing of Totem Ocean Trailer Express’ vessels Great Land and Westward Venture in the Alaska trade, and full operation of a very large and diverse fleet of both product and crude oil tankers. These ships included three of 265,000 DWT Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) operated under US flag, and three similar sized VLCCs operated under Liberian flag with Spanish crews. IOM also operated three Liberian Liberty Class ships with Taiwan crew.