Sea Star Line, which operates a liner service between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, said Thursday that effective June 2, it will introduce a new chassis program for shipments moving to and from the Southeast United States. Sea Star said it has partnered with Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. to provide shippers, consignees or their agents (motor carriers) with chassis directly.
“The decision was made to expand the chassis program because it supports our service commitment to the trade, while positioning us for the future.” stated Jim Wagstaff, vice president of operations for Sea Star Line.
"Implementation of this new chassis program will increase terminal efficiency, improve overall cargo transport safety, and reduce the environmental footprint of container shipping," said Sea Star. "Additional benefits include quicker trucker turn times, increased availability of equipment, and improved motor carrier velocity -- all of which contribute to higher productivity and a positive impact to drivers' hours of service."
Sea Star said it has "carefully evaluated the impact of this change and believes it will improve service levels and customer satisfaction. Previous changes in the Northeast, Midwest and Puerto Rico have resulted in positive customer experiences."