CHARLESTON – South Carolina Ports has received its first chassis delivery, marking a significant milestone in the continued development of the SC Ports-owned and operated SMART chassis fleet.
“There has never been more need for chassis in the supply chain,” said South Carolina Ports CEO Jim Newsome. “We have found a great partner in Dorsey Intermodal to manufacture the new fleet of chassis operated by the Port. record.
This first delivery delivers more than 700 chassis and another 1,600 should arrive in February. South Carolina ports will continue to receive chassis equipment throughout 2022 as the port builds its fleet ahead of the full launch of the SMART Chassis Pool in 2023.
SC Ports continues to work with the leadership of the existing South Atlantic Chassis Pool, SACP 2.0, to create a smooth transition that will ensure uninterrupted service for our ocean carrier, shipper and trucking customers.
“The delivery of these chassis marks a new era for South Carolina Ports,” said Barbara Melvin, COO of South Carolina Ports. “With the launch of Chassis Pool in 2023, Ports of South Carolina will improve equipment reliability, safety, quality and availability for the benefit of motor carriers and customers.”
The chassis arrived at the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal aboard the Liberty Promise after a 40-day trip from Vietnamese manufacturer THACO Special Vehicle. Dorsey Intermodal has partnered with THACO Special Vehicle to increase manufacturing capacity.
“We are honored to be part of the team that has brought South Carolina Ports’ chassis fleet to fruition,” said JP Pierson, President of Dorsey Intermodal. “Through our collaboration, South Carolina Ports is bringing a great product to the supply chain when it’s needed most and providing customers with reliable, safe equipment. We are grateful for this opportunity and congratulate the entire team on this endeavor.
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