JB Hunt’s first ship arrives at Port of Everett

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Nick Blenkey

Johnelle Hunt is named after one of JB Hunt’s co-founders [Image: Business Wire]

Another major player is working around bottlenecks in the container shipping industry by securing its own ships – and using general cargo ships to transport containers. Lowell, Ark., based at JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT), one of North America’s largest providers of supply chain solutions, today announced that the freighter Johnelle docked at the Port of Everett in Washington, with more than 250 new containers reserved for the expansion of JB Hunt’s intermodal fleet.

The Johnnie Bryan, a second freighter, is expected to dock at the Port of Hueneme in California next month with additional new containers. Both are part of a long-term, multi-ship service agreement with Swire Shipping Pte. ltd. which will help expedite the overseas transport of new JB Hunt containers and provide its customers with a solution to expedite the international movement of goods from Asia.

According to the Equasis database, the Johnelle is a 9,638 dwt general cargo ship built in 2011 previously named Pacific Integrity (he started his life as the Maersk Texas).

“This is another example of our staff listening to customer needs and developing a creative solution to effectively meet their capacity needs,” said John Roberts, president and CEO of JB Hunt. “It is our honor to name two of the vessels helping us charter new waters this year after the original visionaries who knew the potential of what our business could be.”

Johnelle Hunt is the widow of Johnnie Bryan Hunt. The couple started JB Hunt Transport Services in 1969 with five trucks and seven trailers.

Under the agreement with Swire, JB Hunt will have continued freight forwarding opportunities from China’s Shenzhen, Qingdao and Shanghai markets to ports in California and the Pacific Northwest. The company says the planned moves will help customers mitigate supply chain challenges such as equipment dislocation and fluidity, downtime and demurrage by streamlining the shipping and transshipment process. .

“We’re really solving two very big challenges with this deal,” said Darren Field, president of intermodal and executive vice president at JB Hunt. “First, we are adding intermodal capacity, which will provide customers with more opportunities to take advantage of the cost savings and sustainability benefits that JB Hunt Intermodal offers. Second, we are dramatically reducing the time it takes for customer freight from overseas to be delivered to the United States, which has troubled the industry for years.

Along with supporting additional vessel capacity, the Johnelle and Johnnie Bryan will continue to transport new JB Hunt containers overseas as they become available, fulfilling the company’s commitment to increase its fleet. intermodal up to 150,000 containers over the next three years. five years. JB Hunt’s intermodal fleet currently includes over 109,000 53ft containers and 6,000 tractors.

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