THE Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), and the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new South Atlantic Chassis Pool (SACP 2.0), reports the American Journal of Transportation.
The SACP 2.0 will have 58,000 chassis and will ensure a continued interoperable chassis solution for the entire South Atlantic region. It is the largest integrated "grey" chassis pool in the US.
The pool will be managed by Consolidated Chassis Management, LLC (CCM), a subsidiary of OCEMA. Under the MOU, SACP 2.0 has committed to improve the reliability of supply and quality of the chassis fleet to serve the growing volumes in the South Atlantic region.
The SACP 2.0 will implement a chassis upgrade programme to transition the chassis fleet to radial tyres, LED lights, and ABS. In addition, the MOU provides for reduced stress levels and an expedited system for adding additional equipment based on trade needs.
"SCPA appreciates the commitment to safe and reliable operations that these chassis upgrades will provide during the next 36 months," said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.
Under the new structure, CCM will work closely with the ports, ocean carriers, railways and pool stakeholders to improve chassis forecasting capabilities.