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US falls in line with world thinking on intermodal chassis

Washington DC, US: The US is to rationalise its intermodal container system to match the rest of the world. The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), which has launched a chassis provisioning information section on its website, believes that changing the chassis provisioning model to the standard used worldwide will lead to a more efficient, safer, environmentally sound, and cost effective intermodal transport system in the US.

Various ocean carriers have announced their intention to reduce or eliminate their involvement in owning and providing chassis for the inland movement of ocean carrier containers. The OCEMA website provides a summary of announcements made to date. The website will be updated regularly to provide new information on upcoming changes.

“This is an area of great interest to shippers, motor carriers, marine terminals, ports, railroads and other participants in the intermodal chain,” says Jeff Lawrence, executive director of OCEMA.

“We developed the chassis provisioning information section on the website to assist ocean carrier customers. A key concern of terminals, shippers, and motor carriers, as well as ocean carriers, is ensuring a continued stable supply of chassis in all key intermodal locations,” says John Nardi, senior vice president of operations of Hapag Lloyd and OCEMA chairman.

“We have studied numerous locations and intend to work closely with terminals, motor carriers, pools, and chassis suppliers to ensure a stable and adequate supply of equipment,” he says.

For more details visit OCEMA’s website at www.ocema.org/cpi.