Dorsey Intermodal Set to Deliver 5,000 Chassis to S.C. Ports

A chassis that Dorsey Intermodal manufactured for South Carolina Ports Authority. The chassis are on schedule for delivery early next year. (Dorsey Intermodal)

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Dorsey Intermodal is on track to fulfill an agreement to supply more than 5,000 new chassis for the South Carolina Ports Authority, the trailer manufacturer announced Nov. 8.

The chassis are on schedule for delivery early next year. Dorsey Intermodal will provide the chassis with support from its Vietnam-based manufacturing partner, Thaco Special Vehicles.

“Until recently, we were not able to sell to our potential due to market conditions,” Dorsey Intermodal President JP Pierson said in a statement. “But I am extremely proud of the rapid acceleration undertaken by our Alabama factory and our private label partner, Thaco Special Vehicles, to get these chassis constructed and shipped to Charleston.”


South Carolina Ports owns and operates public seaport facilities including Charleston and Georgetown as well as inland ports in Greer and Dillon. It has been working with several partners to build its chassis fleet.

“South Carolina Ports is excited to launch our chassis pool in early 2023 to enhance the reliability, safety, quality and availability of equipment for the benefit of motor carriers, importers, exporters and ocean carrier customers,” SCPA Chief Operating Officer Barbara Melvin said. “This will ensure efficient, fluid operations as we continue to handle record-breaking cargo volumes.”


The agency said that it found great synergy with Dorsey Intermodal, noting that the company is known for its high-performance equipment and responded with the ability to provide great manufacturing capacity through its partnership with Thaco.

“Dorsey Intermodal is dedicated to meeting the market’s demands, and we are honored that S.C. Ports entrusted a large portion of their build to us, allowing us to get our machine running on all cylinders,” Pierson said.

Pierson added substantial orders such as the South Carolina Ports project help position Dorsey Intermodal to forecast with vendors and mitigate potential supply chain issues. — Transport Topics

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