South Carolina Ports first shipment of chassis. (Photo by SCPA/English Purcell)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina Ports received its first shipment of chassis this week, part of the ongoing development of the S.C. Ports-owned and operated SMART chassis fleet.

“There has never been more of a need for chassis in the supply chain,” said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports CEO. “We found a great partner in Dorsey Intermodal in manufacturing the new port-operated chassis fleet. This is a true reflection of our commitment to creative solutions and ensures efficient and fluid operations as we continue to handle record-breaking cargo volumes.”

The initial shipment brings more than 700 chassis, with another 1,600 expected to arrive in February. The port will continue receiving chassis equipment throughout the year as it leads up to the full launch of the SMART chassis pool in 2023.

SC Ports continues to work with the management of the existing South Atlantic Chassis Pool, SACP 2.0, to create a smooth transition that will insure uninterrupted service for our ocean carrier customers, shippers and motor carriers.

The chassis arrived at the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal aboard the Liberty Promise after a 40-day journey from Vietnam-based manufacturer THACO Special Vehicle. Dorsey Intermodal partnered with THACO Special Vehicle to increase manufacturing capacity.

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