Briefly: J.B. Hunt expands by adding containers to its intermodal fleet

Shipping containers

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. recently announced the cargo vessel Johnelle docked at the Port of Everett in Washington, with more than 250 new containers reserved for the expansion of J.B. Hunt’s intermodal fleet. 

The Johnnie Bryan, a second cargo vessel, is expected to dock at the Port of Hueneme in California later this month with additional new containers. The two are part of a long-term, multi-vessel service agreement between J.B. Hunt and Swire Shipping Pte. Ltd. that will help expedite the overseas transport of new company containers and provide customers with a unique solution for accelerating international cargo movement from Asia.

Under the agreement, J.B. Hunt will have ongoing cargo shipping opportunities available from the Shenzhen, Qingdao, and Shanghai markets in China to ports in California and the Pacific Northwest. The planned moves will help customers alleviate supply chain challenges such as equipment dislocation and fluidity, dwell time and demurrage by streamlining the ocean transport and transloading process.

“We’re really solving for two very big challenges with this agreement,” said Darren Field, president of intermodal and executive vice president at J.B. Hunt. “First, we’re adding intermodal capacity, which will provide customers with more opportunity to leverage the cost-savings and sustainability benefits that J.B. Hunt Intermodal offers. Second, we’re greatly reducing the time it takes for customers’ freight originating overseas to be out for delivery in the U.S., something that has troubled the industry for years.”

Along with the support of additional vessel capacity, the Johnelle and Johnnie Bryan will continue transporting new J.B. Hunt containers overseas as they become available, delivering on the company’s commitment to grow its intermodal fleet to as many as 150,000 containers in the next three to five years. J.B. Hunt’s intermodal fleet includes more than 109,000 53’ containers and 6,000 tractors.

160 Driving Academy opens in Brockton, Massachusetts

160 Driving Academy recently opened its newest truck driving school in Brockton, Massachusetts. 

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A ribbon cutting was held June 22.

CEO of 160 Driving Academy, Steve Gold, said, "There is an enormous need for high-quality truck driving training in the greater Boston area. We are thrilled to provide excellent drivers to the many employers seeking to train and hire individuals that successfully complete our safety-focused programs."

160 Driving Academy is licensed and operates in 43 states and each school is certified and licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Entry Level Driver Training Program.

I-10 rest area in Arizona reopens

The Bouse Wash Rest Area on Interstate10 in western Arizona has reopened following a year-long renovation project.

Improvements by the Arizona Department of Transportation include upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, replacing restroom fixtures and expanding the parking lot. Also, renovations improved and modernized ramadas, water and wastewater systems, vending buildings, and other equipment.

The renovations took place on the eastbound and westbound rest areas, which are west of Tonopah at mile marker 53.

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