Thursday, September 15, 2011

TOTE Names Tacoma Terminal In Honor of Longtime Exec

The Federal Way, Washington-based shipping line Totem Ocean Trailer Express has named their Port of Tacoma terminal the Robert P. Magee Marine Terminal in memory of and tribute to the longtime TOTE executive, who passed away in November, 2009.

The new name is displayed on signs at each gated entrance to the 47-acre terminal, as well as in front of the facility's administration building.

TOTE will hold a formal dedication ceremony on Sept. 21 at the newly christened terminal.

Robert Magee joined TOTE in May 1986 as Vice President of Marine Operations, going on to become President and CEO of TOTE. He later became Chairman of Sea Star Line and then Chairman & CEO of American Shipping Group, the parent of TOTE.

Magee received numerous maritime and community leadership awards during his long career. These awards are on display in the lobby of the terminal administration building.

The Robert P. Magee Marine Terminal, specially designed to serve the ro/ro vessels TOTE operates, was built by the port in the mid-1980s and significantly upgraded in 2003 with a $12 million port investment. Most recently, TOTE, the Environmental Protection Agency and the port joined forces in 2010 to outfit the terminal berths with ship-to-shore power systems. The completion of this more than $5 million project now allows TOTE to plug at-berth vessels into the landside power grid and shut off their auxiliary engines, thereby significantly reducing vessel emissions while calling at the port.