Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 72
TRUCKING & FREIGHTING
Although steamship lines began
divesting themselves of chassis in
2011, some continue to pay for the
chassis as part of a door-to-door
service required to maintain select
customers. Because of that, progress
in evolving the steamship lines out of
chassis provisioning has not moved
as quickly as TRAC had hoped nor
has the full beneficial impact been
realized in the industry.
Still, TRAC continues to work at
helping the industry evolve. TRAC
is working with other chassis providers to create interoperable pools
in markets such as the Port of Los
The setup is a step away from
the old business model, which had
truckers get in line for a chassis
each time they picked up a container for delivery. The drivers would
then drop off the shipment, return
the chassis and go through the
process again. Those drop-offs and
pick-ups occurred at each marine
terminal where the steamships
docked. If a shortage occurred at
one of the marine terminals, it could
create a wave of delays for the rest
of the port.
The interoperability of the pool
simplifies the process by combining
the assets of all chassis operators.
Now, truckers can obtain chassis
from any terminal without worrying
about whether it serves a specific
The setup allows for greater flexibility and efficiency, while minimizing driver down time and supply
In addition to the pool serving the
Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach,
TRAC also established an interoperable pool in the Pacific Northwest.
The TRAC Pacific Northwest Pool
(TPNP) services both the Ports of
Seattle and Tacoma.
Hercules Enterprises is proud and pleased to be a
chassis manufacturer and supplier to TRAC Intermodal.
With respective Headquarters in New Jersey, both TRAC
Intermodal and Hercules have a longstanding relationship built on integrity. Together with our strong belief
in collaboration and continuous quality improvements
throughout the decades, Hercules Enterprises looks
forward to our continued success and projects in the
many years to come.
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