Direct ChassisLink Inc. plans to participate in a new pilot program to offer premium chassis with radial tires in Consolidated Chassis Management's South Atlantic Chassis Pool.
The new Premium Program will operate within the South Atlantic pool, and will be open to any equipment owner that provides assets that meet the program's premium specifications.
DCLI said it expects the program to be rolled out in the fourth quarter, subject to integration of information technology systems.
Bill Shea, CEO at DCLI, said the company initially will contribute about 500 chassis to the new program in the South Atlantic pool.
He said he hopes the program can be expanded to other CCM pools and that DCLI will work with the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative to market it.
Shea said DCLI has the newest fleet of any major chassis provider, and is committed to providing truckers, beneficial cargo owners and other users with better equipment, including chassis with radials instead of the traditional bias-ply tires.
“We’re looking to convert a significant number of assets to radial tires over time,” he said. “I firmly believe that radial tires are not only what the trucking community wants, but will improve out-of-service times and provide life-cycle costs equal to that of bias-ply tires.”
Shea also said DCLI is closely watching developments in the Los Angeles-Long Beach chassis market, home to about one-third of the company’s 103,000-unit fleet. Shifts in ocean carriers’ vessel-sharing agreements are coinciding with discussion of changes in chassis pools at the busiest U.S. container gateway.
DCLI is “in the early stages of investigating a number of alternative structures” for its Southern California equipment, Shea said. He would not elaborate, but said the company expects to complete its analysis within the next 45 days and implement its plan by Jan. 1.