APL to phase out US chassis fleet by 2014
APL has announced it will begin phasing out its US fleet of cargo container chassis during the first half of 2012. The Singapore-based shipping line said it expects to complete divestiture of the fleet by 2014.
Chassis are the skeletal truck trailers used to haul shipping containers over the road. APL said it will turn its fleet over to organizations that specialize in providing chassis to drayage companies.
"This is the direction the container shipping industry is moving," said APL Americas President Gene Seroka from the company's US headquarters in Scottsdale. "By relying on providers who specialize in chassis management, equipment is deployed more efficiently."The carrier said divestiture will begin with a pilot program at terminals in Denver and Salt Lake City. That could begin as soon as March 2012. Chassis fleets will be phased out of most APL inland terminals by the end of 2012. Divestiture will extend to East Coast sea ports in 2013 with a nationwide divestiture to be completed by early 2014.