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CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY A “kid from Brooklyn” pushes TOTE onto the world maritime stage


s Anthony Chiarello tells it, he’s just a kid from Brooklyn that went into his family’s business. “My great grandfather and grandfather had a ferry service from Sicily to North Africa. When my grandfather immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1800’s, he started a stevedore and terminal operations business in New York. They had a small shipyard with tugboats and lighters and were in business until the late 1960’s when they sold the business to one of their competitors. So my family has been in the maritime business for four generations, so you could say I was born into it.” That’s how Chiarello, President and Chief Executive Officer of 16 MARINE LOG August 2014

By John R. Snyder, Publisher & Editor in Chief

TOTE, Inc., recounts his maritime roots. Anthony’s grandfather Diego, father Richard, uncles and cousins all worked in the family-owned stevedoring and terminal company originally founded as Brooklyn-based Chiarello Brothers in 1898. Diego had immigrated along with his parents and six brothers to the U.S. from Sciacca, a small town in southwestern Sicily, in the early 1890’s. Back in Sciacca, Anthony’s great grandfather operated a ferry service from Sicily to North Africa. Anthony’s father, Richard “Dick” Chiarello, was a well-known figure in New York shipping circles. When he was just 17, Dick started

August 2014 Marine Log  
August 2014 Marine Log