Liner carrier APL has discontinued offering ocean service in the transpacific using 53-foot containers.
"The economics just didn't work," said Gene Seroka, chief executive officer of APL Americas. "We'll keep watching it, but at this time it's just not a viable option."
He said it was difficult to find exports to match inbound cargo arriving in the containers.
APL first rolled out the "ocean-capable" 53-foot containers in the fall of 2007, and discontinued using them on ocean services last year. The boxes were reinforced with stronger corner posts than domestic 53-foot boxes.
Seroka said some of the containers are now being used by APL Logistics, the company's domestic affiliate, and some have been sold.
Trailer Bridge, which operates a combined truck-container barge service through the Port of Jacksonville in Florida to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic has used 53-foot containers since 1998. - Chris Dupin