GPA chassis pool agreement means reliable fleet access

GPA chassis pool agreement means reliable fleet access

The Georgia Ports Authority has extended its multiyear agreement with the South Atlantic Chassis Pool of Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) to provide the region with a “gray” chassis pool, a fleet of chassis that can be used by any trucking line to serve any port terminal in the southeastern United States.

Griff Lynch, GPA executive director, said, “The gray pool model works for the South Atlantic and continues to meet and exceed our expectations for sufficient, safe chassis available at any time. This new agreement secures the future of the gray pool in our region.”

The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal features 48 truck lanes and averages 9,000 truck moves per day. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B Morton)

Lynch said the arrangement provides shipping lines, trucking companies, and cargo owners a level of confidence that chassis operations will remain consistent and reliable.

“Other ports often have multiple, restricted pools,” he said. “In that type of operation, chassis may only be used to serve certain customers, and must be returned to specific locations before work for another customer may begin.”

“A single gray chassis pool with full interchangeability improves both the efficiency and consistency of port operations,” said Jon Poelma, senior vice-president of operations for CCM. “End customers can negotiate directly with the chassis provider of their choice and then select any chassis on terminal. Such flexibility in choice is difficult elsewhere due to a lack of a single pool serving the region.”

John Trent, GPA senior director of strategic operations and safety, said the common chassis fleet enhances port efficiency.

“The gray fleet is another example of our operational model: a single-terminal complex in which customers and cargo move effortlessly through our gates, maintenance and service areas,” he said. “Our value proposition is that we provide faster, more efficient, and cost-effective services on a larger scale than the competition.”

GPA’s agreement with the South Atlantic Chassis Pool includes allocating space to park chassis on terminal, for the convenience of motor carriers.

CCM was formed as an industry utility by the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association Inc (OCEMA). This association of 19 major US and international ocean common carriers is described in this website section:

OCEMA provides a forum for its members to discuss, evaluate and reach agreement with respect to matters pertaining to the interchange, transportation, use, and operation of carrier equipment in the United States. Included in its scope are equipment-related operational, safety, and regulatory activities such as participation in industry forums, educational sessions, regulatory proceedings, and legislative matters.

OCEMA members operate worldwide and serve all major US ports and inland locations, moving cargoes primarily in containers. As a regular part of intermodal transportation services provided to US manufacturers, importers, retailers, and others, OCEMA members interchange cargo to be carried to and from US inland locations via motor carriers and railroads. An essential element of these inland operations involves the movement of containers on intermodal chassis and rail cars.

OCEMA’s activities are authorized under the US Shipping Act, as amended. The OCEMA Basic Agreement is filed with the Federal Maritime Commission.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 369,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $20.4 billion in income, $84.1 billion in revenue, and $2.3 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8.2% of US containerized cargo volume and 10.3% of all US containerized exports in CY2015.

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