J.B. Hunt Accelerates Asia - US Lanes
July 6, 2022
Custom-branded Johnelle and Johnnie Bryan Vessels Lead Delivery on
Company Commitment to Grow Capacity
Cargo vessel Johnelle has docked at the Port of Everett in Washington, with more
than 250 new containers reserved for the expansion of J.B. Hunt’s intermodal
The Johnnie Bryan, a second cargo vessel, is expected to dock at the Port of
Hueneme in California next 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.
"This is yet another example of our people listening to the needs of customers
and developing a creative solution to efficiently deliver on their capacity
needs,” said John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. 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 company could be."
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
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 industry-leading intermodal fleet currently includes more than 109,000
53’-containers and 6,000 tractors.
Intermodal service offers both cost savings and sustainability benefits when
compared to traditional over the road transport, reducing a shipment’s carbon
emissions by as much as 60%. In 2021, J.B. Hunt avoided an estimated 3.5 million
metric tons of CO2e emissions by converting over-the-road loads to intermodal.
The company’s industry-leading J.B. Hunt 360°® digital freight marketplace was
one of the first to integrate intermodal service options and continues to expand