Alaska Barge Lines Begins New Service

Alaska Barge Lines (ABL), Inc., the new service begun by Seattle businessman Gordon D. McMillan and Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), Inc., recently had its first sailing out of the Port of Tacoma, Wash.

ABL operates a flat deck barge transporting containers and breakbulk cargo to Anchorage and the Alaska railbelt. Its docks are located within TOTE's terminals on the Blair Waterway of the Port of Tacoma, and in the Port of Anchorage.

Sailings are conducted twice a month, beginning in the spring, and so on to the beginning of the winter season (the latter part of November).

Joining Mr. McMillan on the management team are Walter Seay, vice president of sales and operations, and Doreen White, vice president of administration.

ABL, a subsidiary of TOTE, will provide additional price and service options for the shipping public.

According to Mr. McMillan, his company will meet the needs of shippers who were previously utilizing such barge operations as Foss Alaska Lines, Pacific Western Lines and other carriers which departed the Alaska market during the past year.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 26,  May 1986

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