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Reliable, Competitive & Responsive

Totem Ocean Trailer Express (Totem Ocean) owns and operates unique diesel electric roll-on/roll-off trailer ships between the Ports of Tacoma, Washington and Anchorage, Alaska.

Founded in 1975, Totem Ocean has been serving our customers and the people of Alaska for over three decades. Our Orca Class vessels, brought into service in 2003, were “Built For Alaska” and have several features and redundancies which were specifically designed solely to service the Alaska trade.

A car stowed on a TOTE ship.


Totem Ocean Service Advantages

  • Dedicated water tight vehicle holds
  • Roll-on /roll-off operation
  • Designated vehicle yards in Tacoma and Anchorage
  • Average dwell time in Port of Tacoma = <2 days
  • Average 3 year damage ratio = <.08%
  • Best on-time arrival performance in the trade (98% 5 year average)
  • Best on-time arrival performance in the trade (98% 5 year average)


On-Time, Every Time

On Time, Every Time Totem Ocean’s roll-on / roll-off vessels provide twice-weekly service between the ports of Tacoma, Washington and Anchorage, Alaska. These Orca Class ships were specifically designed to transport a wide variety of vehicles, boats, RV’s and heavy equipment in the extreme conditions faced in the Gulf of Alaska.
Totem Ocean’s two sister ships, the M.V. Midnight Sun and M.V. North Star each have two dedicated water tight vehicle holds which keep your vehicles safe from the elements. Our quality process and standards are unmatched in the industry and we take extreme care with how we handle our customer’s vehicles to ensure the safest and most reliable service in the trade.

Large or small, new or used, Totem Ocean is ready to move your vehicles to and from Alaska and we can do it more efficiently than anyone else.



Totem Ocean is committed to continual improvement through our Quality, Health, Safety, Environment and Security Programs. As testament to this commitment, we have received the following certifications:
ISO 9001:2008
ISO 14001:2004
OHSAS 18001:2007.