Totem Ocean Ships
A combination of increased business demand and changing customer requirements prompted Totem Ocean to expand its fleet with new vessels specifically designed to handle the rigors of the Alaska trade.
Orca Class vessels were designed to easily accommodate larger high-cube equipment including trailers in excess of 53 feet in length. The vessels also offer dedicated vehicle stowage as well as Totem Ocean's ISO 9002 certified vehicle process.
The Orca Class vessels are a full 50 feet longer than the Ponce Class vessels and 24 feet wider at the beam. The Orca Class vessels were efficiently designed to handle more freight while still maintaining the speed and quick port turnaround time of the current ships.
M.V. Midnight Sun
The first Orca Class vessel, M. V. Midnight Sun, entered service in April 2003.
M.V. North Star
The M. V. North Star completed construction in August 2003, and began service on August 29th, 2003. She is the second Orca Class vessel.
|Principal Characteristics||Orca Class Ship||Ponce Class Ship|
|Overall Length||839' - 0"||790' - 9"|
|Beam||118' - 0"||92' - 0"/105' - 0"|
|Speed at 90% MCR||24 knots||22 knots|
|Trailer Capacity||600 FEU||380 FEU|
|Propulsion Plant||diesel-electric||steam turbine|
Totem Ocean's ORCA ships were also designed with the environment foremost in mind, with features such as:
- Double hull fuel compartments
- State-of-the-art sewage treatment
- Shoreside trash disposal
- Fuel efficient, reduced emissions diesel electric system
- Fresh water ballast system with no discharge to the environment
- Navigation and propulsion system redundancy