The intermodal industry in the coming years will have to learn to live with at least several different chassis models, but one thing for certain is that the cost of handling containers at railyards will increase.
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Intermodal Railyards Transitioning to Costlier Grounded Operations
Know what's going to be even more costlier to the terminals that stay 'wheeled'? Is when they incur a lawsuit claiming that the 'wheeled' terminal made the conscientious decision to mount a box on a bad chassis picked by the terminal operator which caused an accident. People think "roadability" moves all liability to the trucker who outgates, but any major accident will involve every party involved, including the terminal operator who decided what chassis to use. Going grounded further shifts that chassis liability decision to the trucker. It stinks because wheeled operations are so much faster for the trucker to get in/out (when the box is mounted on a good chassis!)
The cost to the BCO will be higher but the actual cost for the ground operations will probably be less over time as it will become more efficient as there will be fewer chassis in pools as compared to every steamship line having their own chassis inventory. The rub to the BCO is that the steamship lines are not reducing the box rate to compensate for the shifting of the cost to the drayman.
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