Trailer Bridge Cited in Online Article

Trailer Bridge Cited in Online Article

December 4, 2017– Steve Farber, founder of the Extreme Leadership Institute, recently wrote an article titled “Why These 7 Entrepreneurial Companies Will be Worth Following in 2018”. Farber explains that each companies listed have “enlightened values, exceptional leadership, and stellar cultures”. Our company  was listed due to our outstanding company culture and Maria relief efforts. Here is the full excerpt from the article:

“After helping to turn around this Florida-based logistics company, President Mitch Luciano told me how the company built a culture where team members got to know and take care of each other and their customers. And at no time was this more greatly displayed than in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, when Trailer Bridge responded by shipping tons of relief goods to help the devastated island of Puerto Rico, first to their employees and then to thousands of others in need.

The Lesson: Personal connection with your employees can help you rebuild a from a low morale situation and weather the storms–literally as well as figuratively. ”

If you would like to read the full article visit: Why These 7 Entrepreneurial Companies Will be Worth Following in 2018

 

Revised Holiday Hours

November 13, 2017

Revised Holiday Hours

 

PORT SAN JUAN (GATES)

  • Wednesday 11/22: OPEN 0700-1600
  • Thursday 11/23: CLOSED
  • Friday 11/24: OPEN 0700-1600
  • Saturday 11/25: OPEN 0700-1200
  • Sunday 11/26: CLOSED

SAN JUAN (OFFICES)

  • Wednesday 11/22: OPEN 0700-1600
  • Thursday 11/23: CLOSED
  • Friday 11/24: OPEN 0700-1600
  • Saturday 11/25: CLOSED
  • Sunday 11/26: CLOSED

PORT JACKSONVILLE (GATES)

  • Wednesday 11/22: OPEN 0500-1800
  • Thursday 11/23: CLOSED
  • Friday 11/24: OPEN 0500-2100 (Port Offices Closed)
  • Saturday 11/25: OPEN 0800-1700
  • Sunday 11/26: OPEN 0800-1700

NEW BERLIN (OFFICES)

  • Wednesday 11/22: OPEN 0800-1700
  • Thursday 11/23: CLOSED
  • Friday 11/24: OPEN 0800-1200
  • Saturday 11/25: CLOSED
  • Sunday 11/26: CLOSED

Department of Hacienda will be closed 4:00 PM on Wednesday the 22nd to Monday at 8:00 AM on the 27th.  Corrections and changes will be unavailable during this time but carriers are able to transmit data to the tax office, also SURI will be available for shipment clearance during this time. 

Vehicles will not be accepted or dispatched on Friday, Saturday or Sunday at any terminal.


Should you have any questions or require additional information during this time, please contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager at 1-800-727-3859 or CustomerService@trailerbridge.com

San Juan Revised Hours

November 13, 2017

San Juan Revised Hours

San Juan has expanded normal hours of operation as follows:

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Should you have any questions or require additional information during this time, please contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager at 1-800-727-3859 or CustomerService@trailerbridge.com

Letter from the CEO

Dear Trailer Bridge Customers,

Over the past several weeks we have all been working so diligently to support the people of Puerto Rico with water, tankers full of fuel, gas cans, generators, utility trucks, food, military deployment camps, and much, much more.  Some of you live in Puerto Rico, and some of you have made visits, and you know of the daily challenges being faced, though I can promise you we are making an impact.  The Trailer Bridge team has been fully operational since day one and we have been sending teams from Jacksonville to San Juan to provide support and to help relieve the bottleneck created in San Juan.  Our team in Puerto Rico has been doing an amazing job every single day and I am so damn proud of them.  We can always do more and all of us at Trailer Bridge are working on those solutions every minute of the day.  We also look to you to provide us some insight on what you need to better help support your families, your business, and your supply chain.

With everything moving so fast I wanted to make sure you knew some of the things we have been doing to support your supply chain.  Please reach out to your TB team and let them know if you can use these solutions or if there is something else we can help you with.

  1. Immediately put in a 5th sailing with the Brooklyn Bridge.  Created an additional 300 container movements per sailing.  Every other week we offer 3 sailings out of Jacksonville and on the opposite week have 2 sailings out of Jacksonville.
  2. JB Hunt, our exclusive intermodal partner, has increased sourced capacity throughout the entire United States.
  3. We have leased 150,000 square feet of warehouse space in San Juan, PR.  We know that several facilities are closed and can’t unload freight, therefore if you need a short term storage solution so you can have access to an empty container we can make that happen.
  4. Trailer Bridge Logistics has been supporting clients with domestic movements to Jacksonville from all over the country with transfers into our ocean equipment.
  5. Increased our 40’ chassis fleet by more than 20%.
  6. Increased our 40’ container fleet by more than 20%.
  7. Purchased and secured more 53’ containers.
  8. Secured 53’ trailers on a long term lease to support the increased volumes.
  9. Trailer Bridge has always been a wheeled operations, meaning our containers are always on wheels.  We immediately put in a full time staff to convert our operations to both wheeled and grounded in Jacksonville and San Juan, as chassis have become a critical commodity.
  10. Improved the flow of traffic at our San Juan terminal so drivers wait less than an hour to secure a load or return an empty.
  11. Pre-staged Gensets in San Juan for clients that require immediate power needs.
  12. Burning excess fuel with our tugs, resulting in a ½ day improvement of transit times.
This has been a very challenging time for all of us, though I am confident, through working together, we will continue to provide the citizens of Puerto Rico with the materials and support they need.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, for demonstrating your confidence in Trailer Bridge and I promise we will continue to “Make It Happen”!!

 

Sincerely,

Mitch Luciano
CEO/President

Important Schedule Updates from Trailer Bridge

October 6, 2017

Puerto Rico Terminal Hours Update

To facilitate the process of picking up cargo and returning empties, Army Terminal and PR Terminal in San Juan will be open for extended hours until further notice.

Monday – Friday 0700 – 1800
Saturday 0800 – 1600

We have also increased our vessel capacity in the Puerto Rico market to support the additional demand required to service the current need in Puerto Rico, this new departure is now available on a bi-weekly basis for containerized cargo in addition to the four vessels we currently have in service.  The first southbound departure of this vessel left Jacksonville, FL on Monday 10/2; this vessel will be available from Jacksonville, FL again on Monday 10/16.

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: CustomerService@trailerbridge.com

TB Expands Fleet in Support of Puerto Rico Relief

Trailer Bridge Expands Fleet in Support of Puerto Rico Relief

JACKSONVILLE – PRNewswire – October 6, 2017 – Trailer Bridge, Inc. announced an increase in liner capacity to provide additional support for ongoing relief efforts for Puerto Rico as a result of the impact from Hurricane Maria.  These increases, along with an exclusive agreement with the largest intermodal provider in the US, continues to provide customers access to the largest fleet in the United States.

Trailer Bridge has been actively shipping relief goods to the citizens of Puerto Rico on their multiple weekly sailings from Jacksonville, FL to San Juan, PR.  With the increased weekly liner capacity Trailer Bridge will be able to provide another 300 containers, equating to an additional 13.5mm lbs. of relief goods, on top of the millions and millions already being sent.   In an effort to ensure operations in San Juan continue to operate at full capacity, the Trailer Bridge Puerto Rico-based family, as well as their family members, have been provided with the critical necessities, such as power, fuel, food, water, etc.. According to Mitch Luciano, CEO, “As soon as it was clear that Hurricane Maria was headed to Puerto Rico, we began filling containers with goods for our team and their families there.  It was important to us, to not only support our family there, but to also ensure we sustained full operations for our customers and the relief effort of Puerto Rico.”  Luciano added, “We have been working very hard to make sure the needs of all Puerto Ricans are met with the additional capacity being added”.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Maria, which passed over Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, was the worst hurricane in nearly 90 years for the island.  Areas along the center of the hurricane left behind catastrophic damage and flooding, as well as a loss of power and utilities to the island’s nearly 3.5 million residents.

Luciano continued, “With the amount of damage left behind by Hurricane Maria, it is clear that it will take some time for the island to rebuild.  We have seen an enormous outpouring of support for the people of Puerto Rico, our team there, and thank everyone that has supported them and their loved ones.  The efforts of many to help communities on the island, along with the incredible spirit and strength of the Puerto Rico citizens will no doubt see them through this challenging time.  Our hearts are with all of the people of Puerto Rico.  We are proud to stand firm with them during this time and grateful for the opportunity to provide the relief they need and deserve.”

ABOUT TRAILER BRIDGE

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Trailer Bridge, Inc. is an asset-owned, leading shipping and logistics firm providing services in ocean, truckload, intermodal, expedited, specialized cargo, vehicles, over-dimensional, warehousing, and transloading services.  Trailer Bridge has offices in Jacksonville, FL, Charleston, SC; San Juan, Puerto Rico; the Dominican Republic; and the US Virgin Islands.

Trailer Bridge was voted “Best Places to Work” in 2016 and in 2017 in Jacksonville.

 

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TRAILER BRIDGE CONTACT:

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T: 904 751 7142
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Hurricane Maria Update #10

October 3, 2017

Puerto Rico Terminal Hours Update

To facilitate the process of picking up cargo and returning empties, Army Terminal and PR Terminal in San Juan will be open for extended hours until further notice.

Monday – Friday 0700 – 1800
Saturday 0800 – 1600

We have also increased our vessel capacity in the Puerto Rico market to support the additional demand required to service the current need in Puerto Rico, this new departure is now available on a bi-weekly basis for containerized cargo in addition to the four vessels we currently have in service.  The first southbound departure of this vessel left Jacksonville, FL on Monday 10/2; this vessel will be available from Jacksonville, FL again on Monday 10/16.

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: CustomerService@trailerbridge.com

Hurricane Maria Update #9

October 2, 2017

Demurrage Waiver

Hurricane Maria affected the supply chains for many companies in Puerto Rico.  We understand, as we all focused first on the safety of our employees and colleagues after the storm the ability to take possession of goods was slow.  Thankfully today, we see many facility operations are being restored and businesses are beginning to return to work and coordinate operations for receipt and distribution of cargo.  We are working hand in hand with many Puerto Rico businesses to help restore their supply chain, coordinate relief goods for their employees, transport generators to restore access to power and provide innovative solutions to divert cargo for facilities that remain flooded or in operable.  During these times, it is important we focus on the efforts of rebuilding and working together for solutions.  We also want to help make the process of rebuilding as seamless for our customers as possible.

With this in mind, Trailer Bridge will not assess demurrage charges for any cargo on terminal after Hurricane Maria from Wednesday, Sept 20 through Saturday September 30.

 

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859

Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

Hurricane Maria Update #8

October 2, 2017

Puerto Rico Service Update

Trailer Bridge currently has five vessels deployed to provide additional emergency capacity to the Puerto Rico trade in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  We remain focused on providing the critical shipping services needed to supply Puerto Rico with the goods needed during this humanitarian crisis.  By adding an additional vessel to our service we are able to keep your goods moving even under the additional demand of critical emergency supplies currently moving to Puerto Rico.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Puerto Rico as we focus on relief efforts for Puerto Rico.  #PuertoRicoStrong

 

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: CustomerService@trailerbridge.com

Hurricane Maria Update #7

September 23, 2017

Relief Cargo Guidance

Cargo Clearance for Department of Hacienda

Department of Hacienda’s electronic system remains down due to Hurricane Maria, since approximately 12 pm on Tuesday 9/19 no cargo has been able to be transmitted and no status has been able to be received by the carrier.  Cargo that was not transmitted to Department of Hacienda prior to the system closure cannot be processed through normal electronic channels for release.  We anticipate based on the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria it will be several days or longer before the electronic processes are back up and running.  Please verify tax release status via SURI system for status on cargo release that were already obtained.  Please send drivers with copies of the release to present to the San Juan office as documentation of tax clearance as carriers will not have access to verify tax release status via normal channels.

For cargo that was not yet transmitted, Department of Hacienda has established the following process to aid in cargo clearance. Department of Hacienda is open today and will re-open again tomorrow, Sunday 9/24 to process shipment releases.

Carriers are in the process of presenting manifests of goods to Department of Hacienda, all relief cargo such as food, water and medicine is being prioritized and processed for an automatic release.  This automatic release is exclusive to these emergency items only, all other cargo must be presented manually to Department of Hacienda at the Isla Grande office to obtain a release.

Customers must present the following documents to have a release processed. Department of Hacienda will then supply a copy of the release to present to the carrier for cargo out gate their shipment.

  • Copy of the Ocean Bill of Lading
  • Copy of the Commercial Invoice
  • Copy of the Packing List
  • Payment by Cash, Certified Check, Money Order
  • Bond Holders can Process Payment by Company Check

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

Hurricane Maria Update #6

September 23, 2017
Puerto Rico Service Update

This morning US Coast Guard has opened the ports for barge arrival, we currently have two vessels the have been allowed to berth at San Juan terminals this morning, cargo operations are already underway unloading shipments of critical supplies for the island of Puerto Rico.

Two additional barges are currently in route to Puerto Rico loaded with hundred of containers of relief supplies.  A fifth barge has been added to service to provide an additional emergency capacity of over 300 additional containers and is currently stationed in Jacksonville collecting shipments for departure to Puerto Rico from Jacksonville on Wednesday 9/27.

We have great faith in the resilience and strength of the people of Puerto Rico and we remain wholly committed to supporting the efforts for recovery and rebuilding the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

Barge Schedule Updates

San Juan Terminals:  Both terminals (Army and PRT/Intership) are opening from 0700-1100 AM tomorrow, Sunday 9/24 for cargo dispatch. Normal terminal hours 0800-1600 will resume on Monday 9/25 for cargo receipt and dispatch.

JAX San Juan Bridge (JSB) – Arrival  (SB) RORO Voyage 10357: Discharge operations began this morning and cargo will be available tomorrow, Sunday 9/24 for pick up.

Memphis Bridge – Arrival (SB) Voyage 30357: Discharge operations began this morning and cargo will be available tomorrow, Sunday 9/24 for pick up.

San Juan JAX Bridge (SJB) – In Route to San Juan (SB) RORO Voyage 10358:  Departed on schedule on 9/20, ETA to PR 9/26

Chicago Bridge – In Route to San Juan (SB) Voyage 30358:  Departed on schedule on 9/22, ETA to PR 9/28

Brooklyn Bridge –  New Departure from Jacksonville 9/26 (SB) Voyage 50358:  Barge has been activated to add an additional sailing from Jacksonville next week.  Scheduled for departure on 9/27, ETA to PR 10/3.

JAX San Juan Bridge (JSB) – Scheduled Departure (SB) RORO Voyage 10359: JSB will return to Jacksonville from Puerto Rico this evening, 9/23 and is planned for southbound departure from Jacksonville on Friday 9/29.

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859 Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

Trailer Bridge Barge Arrives in San Juan

This morning our Jax San Juan Bridge arrived in San Juan soon after a terminal was opened by officials there.  An open port terminal in Puerto Rico is a positive sign that much needed supplies for the people there can begin to flow in from all sources and that recovery can begin from the impact of Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria Update #5

September 22, 2017
Puerto Rico Service Update
This morning families and businesses in Puerto Rico are focused on restoration from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.  We are saddened by the severe and long term impact that Hurricane Maria has made on the island yet inspired by the efforts of our business partners, customers, employees and friends to immediately move into action on recovery efforts for the island we all love.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people of Puerto Rico today.
Schedule Updates
San Juan Terminal:
Employees have reported in as safe and initial assessments of Army Terminal find the port and offices in good condition.  Terminal operations will resume upon US Coast guard approval.  PR offices and terminal phone lines are being diverted to Jacksonville, FL New Berlin offices for handling.
JAX San Juan Bridge (JSB) – Standing by at San Juan
(SB) RORO Voyage 10357: Departed JAX on 9/12 9/15 and is standing by just outside of Puerto Rico prepared to enter the port as soon as US Coast Guard provides approval to do so.  Further updates regarding gates and cargo availability will be provided as soon as available.
Memphis Bridge – Standing by at San Juan
(SB) Voyage 30357: Departed JAX on 9/15 and is standing by just outside of Puerto Rico prepared to enter the port as soon as US Coast Guard provides approval to do so.  Further updates regarding gates and cargo availability will be provided as soon as available.
San Juan JAX Bridge (SJB) – In Route to San Juan
(SB) RORO Voyage 10358:  Departed on schedule on 9/20, ETA to PR 9/26
Chicago Bridge – On Schedule departure from JAX 9/22

(SB) Voyage 30358:  Scheduled for departure on 9/22, ETA to PR 9/28.

Brooklyn Bridge –  New Departure from Jacksonville 9/26

(SB) Voyage 50358:  Barge has been activated to add an additional sailing from Jacksonville next week.  Scheduled for departure on 9/26, ETA to PR 10/2.

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

 

Hurricane Maria Update #4

September 20, 2017
Puerto Rico Service Update

 

 

Brooklyn Bridge –  New Departure from Jacksonville 9/25

(SB) Voyage 50358:  Barge has been activated to add an additional sailing from Jacksonville next week.  Scheduled for departure on 9/25, ETA to PR 10/1.We will continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Maria with continual updates from National Hurricane Center as they become available and any impacts this may have on the schedule of vessels to and from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

Hurricane Maria Update #3

September 18, 2017
Dominican Republic Service Update

Please note the following schedule changes expected to our Dominican Republic service due to Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Plata service will be affected this week as the Memphis Bridge Voyage 30358 was diverted south to avoid the storm, the barge arrival scheduled for 9/23 has been rescheduled to Saturday 9/30.

Service via Santo Domingo port (Sansouci) will also be affected, we anticipate the next sailing from Santo Domingo will be Sunday Sept 24th subject to further updates on Maria’s storm track.

  • Vessel Kydon will be sailing today, Monday, September 18, 2017, on a regular schedule, to the port of Santo Domingo, DR.
  • The arrival and departure of vessel Kydon from San Juan this Wednesday, September 20, 2017 has been canceled.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic as well as our employees, colleagues, business partners and friends as they prepare for Hurricane Maria.

We will continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Maria with continual updates from National Hurricane Center as they become available and any impacts this may have on the schedule of vessels to and from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

 

 

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

Hurricane Maria Update #2

September 18, 2017
Hurricane Maria Update #2

This morning Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands are bracing for a potentially devastating direct impact of Hurricane Maria.  Hurricane watches and warnings are already in effect for islands reaching from St. Lucia to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, our employees, colleagues, business partners and friends as they prepare for Hurricane Maria.

Based on current projections, our southbound vessel departures from Jacksonville this week remain on schedule.  Detailed voyage and gate schedules can be found below, we will continue to provide updates throughout the week or as conditions change.

 

San Juan Terminal:

Army Terminal remains open at this time and will remain open until 1700 this evening and will remain closed for the duration of the storm to allow employees time to prepare for the storm.  We ask if possible to remove any cargo from the terminal today prior to closing.  PRT Terminal (Intership) is remaining open today and tomorrow, September 18 and 19, 2017 for dispatch only.  Beginning tomorrow morning phones for PR offices and terminals will be diverted to Jacksonville, FL for handling.

 

San Juan JAX Bridge (SJB) – Currently In Route to PR
(SB) Voyage 10357: Departed JAX on 9/12 has been diverted south of Dominican Republic to avoid the storm track as well as the safety of our crew.  Current ETA into PR is 9/23.  Further updates regarding gates and cargo availability will be provided after the storm passes.

 

Memphis Bridge – Currently In Route to PR
(NB) Voyage 30357: Departed JAX on 9/15 has been diverted south of Dominican Republic to avoid the storm track as well as the safety of our crew.  Current ETA into PR is 9/23.  Further updates regarding gates and cargo availability will be provided after the storm passes.

 

JAX San Juan Bridge – On Schedule departure from JAX 9/20
(SB) Voyage 10358:  JSB is Scheduled for departure on 9/20, ETA to PR 9/26

 

Chicago Bridge – On Schedule departure from JAX 9/22
(SB) Voyage 30358:  Scheduled for departure on 9/22, ETA to PR 9/28.

 

Brooklyn Bridge –  New Departure from Jacksonville 9/25
(SB) Voyage 50358:  Barge has been activated to add an additional sailing from Jacksonville next week.  Scheduled for departure on 9/25, ETA to PR 10/1.

 

We will continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Maria with continual updates from National Hurricane Center as they become available and any impacts this may have on the schedule of vessels to and from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

 

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

Hurricane Maria Update #1

September 18, 2017
Hurricane Maria Update

This morning Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands are bracing for a potentially devastating direct impact of Hurricane Maria.  Hurricane watches and warnings are already in effect for islands reaching from St. Lucia to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, our employees, colleagues, business partners and friends as they prepare for Hurricane Maria.

San Juan Terminal:

Army Terminal remains open at this time and will remain open until 1700 this evening and will remain closed for the duration of the storm to allow employees time to prepare for the storm.  We ask if possible to remove any cargo from the terminal today prior to closing.  PRT Terminal (Intership) is remaining open today and tomorrow, September 18 and 19, 2017 for dispatch only.  Beginning tomorrow morning phones for PR offices and terminals will be diverted to Jacksonville, FL for handling.

 

San Juan JAX Bridge (SJB) – Currently In Route to PR 

(SB) Voyage 10357: Departed JAX on 9/12 has been diverted south of Dominican Republic to avoid the storm track as well as the safety of our crew.  Current ETA into PR is 9/23.  Further updates regarding gates and cargo availability will be provided after the storm passes.

 

Memphis Bridge – Currently In Route to PR 

(NB) Voyage 30357: Departed JAX on 9/15 has been diverted south of Dominican Republic to avoid the storm track as well as the safety of our crew.  Current ETA into PR is 9/23.  Further updates regarding gates and cargo availability will be provided after the storm passes.

 

JAX San Juan Bridge – On Schedule departure from JAX 9/20

(SB) Voyage 10358:  JSB is Scheduled for departure on 9/20, ETA to PR 9/26

 

Chicago Bridge – On Schedule departure from JAX 9/22

 (SB) Voyage 30358:  Scheduled for departure on 9/22, ETA to PR 9/28.

 

Brooklyn Bridge –  New Departure from Jacksonville 9/25 

(SB) Voyage 50358:  Barge has been activated to add an additional sailing from Jacksonville next week.  Scheduled for departure on 9/25, ETA to PR 10/1.

 

We will continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Maria with continual updates from National Hurricane Center as they become available and any impacts this may have on the schedule of vessels to and from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

 

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

Hurricane Irma Update

September 13, 2017
Hurricane Irma Update

Hurricane Irma has now passed the Jacksonville area and although the immediate threat of the storm has subsided most of the Jacksonville area is without power, some areas have experienced severe flooding and many families in the area have been affected by the storm. All employees have reported in as safe and early assessments of terminals and facilities have reported minimal damage.

We extend our sincere appreciation for the patience, thoughts and prayers received from customers and vendors for the safety of our Trailer Bridge family throughout the duration of Hurricane Irma and as we begin to set business operations back into motion today.

Detailed voyage and gate schedules can be found below, we will continue to provide updates throughout the week as conditions change.

San Juan Terminal and Offices:  All offices and terminals in San Juan are fully operational for normal business hours.

Jacksonville Terminal and Offices:  All offices and terminals in Jacksonville are fully operational for normal business hours.

San Juan JAX Bridge
(NB) Voyage 20356: Departed San Juan at 12 noon 9/8 and is expected to arrive in Jacksonville by Thursday 9/14 for Southbound RORO operations for Voyage 10358.

Chicago Bridge
(SB) Voyage 3999: Departed Jacksonville on 9/1. This voyage continues on its southern route south of Cuba to avoid the storm track. Current ETA into Puerto Rico is Tuesday 9/12 0400, cargo operations will begin 0700 and is expected to return to Jacksonville by Monday 9/18 as Voyage 4999.

JAX San Juan Bridge
(SB) Voyage 10357: US Coast Guard provided approval to sail yesterday evening, barge and crew safely departed Jacksonville approximately 1800 on 9/12 and is scheduled to arrive San Juan on Monday 9/18 for cargo operations.

Memphis Bridge
(SB) Voyage 30357: Cargo operations have been tentatively set for 0800 Wednesday 9/13, voyage will depart by 1800 and is expected to arrive in San Juan by Wednesday 9/19.

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge has been activated to return to service after the storm has passed to maintain vessel schedule integrity. Further details regarding departure schedule will be advised as soon as available.

Charlotte Bridge
On standby, available for departure from Jacksonville, FL as needed.

Santo Domingo Service:  Service has been restored to normal vessel operations and schedules.

Inland Services
Rail services remain curtailed at this time with cargo embargoed at origin rail points where no cargo will be accepted destined into the Jacksonville, FL area. We expect this embargo to be lifted early this week for normal rail operations. Further updates will be provided as we are advised.

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Irma Update

September 8, 2017
Hurricane Irma Update

Updated Sept. 8, 2017 5:30 p.m. EST

Hurricane Irma has continued her path toward Florida and is projected to continue to impact to the shipping lanes between US and Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands.  The safety of our crew foremost in mind we have made the following changes to our sailing schedule.  Additional barge capacity has been made available to ensure schedules return to normal as quickly as possible once storm allows for safe passage to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands.

Detailed voyage and gate schedules can be found below, we will continue to provide updates throughout the week as conditions change.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic:
  • (SB) Voyage 3999: Departed JAX on 9/1.  Voyage is traveling a southern route to avoid the storm track and will be delayed arriving into Puerto Plata.  Actual ETA into Dominican Republic will be determined after the storm passes the area.
  • (NB) Voyage 4999: Voyage schedule is pending until the storm passes the area.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic:
  • Service has been restored to and from San Juan to Santo Domingo.  Kydon Voyage 048 arrived in San Juan today 9/8 at 1 PM.  Kydon 049 is also scheduled to depart today from San Juan back to Dominican Republic and Kydon 049 is scheduled to depart from Santo Domingo on Sunday 9/10.
San Juan Terminal:
  • This morning, terminal gates in San Juan opened at 7 AM to begin vessel operations.  All offices and terminals in San Juan are fully operational.
Jacksonville Terminal and Offices:
  • Jacksonville (New Berlin) offices and Blount Island terminals closed at 5 PM today to ensure employees can prepare with their families for the storm.  Offices and terminals plan to reopen Tuesday 9/12 morning after safety assessments are completed for a safe return to work and operations.  The Account Management team is being accommodated for offsite capability for customer support operations on Monday as needed.
 San Juan JAX Bridge:
  • (SB) Voyage 10356: Departed JAX on 8/30.  Arrived San Juan, PR Tuesday 9/5.  Cargo was discharged and was completed by 1300.
  • (NB) Voyage 20356: Operations began this morning to load remaining empty equipment on terminal in San Juan.  This barge departed San Juan at 12 noon 9/8 and is expected to arrive in Jacksonville by Thursday 9/14 for RORO operations for Voyage 10358.
Chicago Bridge:
  • (SB) Voyage 3999: Departed Jacksonville on 9/1.  This voyage continues on its southern route south of Cuba to avoid the storm track.  Current ETA into Puerto Rico is Tuesday 9/12 and is expected to return to Jacksonville by Monday 9/18 as Voyage 4999.
JAX San Juan Bridge:
  • (NB) Voyage 20355: Arrived Jacksonville, FL on Monday 9/5 – Cargo is currently being discharged and will be completed by 1500 today.
  • (SB) Voyage 10357: Voyage will stay at port in Jacksonville until the storm passes for safe departure.  Tentative departure is planned for Tuesday 9/12 after the storm has passed the Jacksonville area and is expected to arrive in San Juan by Monday 9/18.
Memphis Bridge:
  • (NB) Voyage 4998: Currently in route to Jacksonville.  Cargo discharged on schedule 9/7.
  • (SB) Voyage 30357:  Voyage will stay at port in Jacksonville until the storm passes for safe departure.  Tentative departure has been updated to an earlier departure for Wednesday 9/13 and is expected to arrive in San Juan by Wednesday 9/19.
Brooklyn Bridge:
  • Brooklyn Bridge has been activated to return to service after the storm has passed to maintain vessel schedule integrity.  Further details regarding departure schedule will be advised as soon as available.
Charlotte Bridge:
  • On standby, available for departure from Jacksonville, FL as needed.
Inland Services
  • FEC has curtailed all trains and service between South Florida and Jacksonville.  Updates regarding service will be communicated as soon as we have them.

CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway have placed an embargo on all cargo destined to the Jacksonville, FL area.  They will not load cargo to move within the rail network until the storm has safely passed.  This will affect cargo pickups throughout the inland US area from the Northeast and Midwest areas for several days.

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1-800-727-3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com

Labor Day Holiday Schedule Changes

August 31, 2017
Labor Day Holiday Schedule Changes

 

On Monday September 4, 2017 the following offices will have adjusted operational hours in observance of the Labor Day holiday:On Monday September 4, 2017 the following offices will have adjusted operational hours in observance of the Labor Day holiday:

  •  Jacksonville
    • Blount Island Terminal Gates: Open 0800-1700
    • Blount Island Terminal Office: Closed
    • New Berlin office: Closed
  • San Juan
    • Army Terminal Gates and offices: Closed
    • PR Terminal Gates: Closed
    • Metro office: Closed

Cargo for voyage 20355 (NB) will be discharged in Jacksonville, FL on the following business day, Tuesday September 5, 2017.

Should you have any questions or require additional information during this time, please contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager at 800-727-3859.

For latest Trailer Bridge Sailing Schedule click here

Customer Update

August 17, 2017
Documentation Guidelines for Puerto Rico Shipments

 

Trailer Bridge’s documentation cut off was established to allow customers the greatest amount of time available to prepare their documents for export to Puerto Rico.  For cargo leaving the US destined to Puerto Rico documentation can be submitted up to 5PM on the day of sailing.  Puerto Rico Treasury and Puerto Rico Port Authority require all carriers to submit an electronic manifest 24 hours prior to the estimated arrival in Puerto Rico, or be subject to penalties.  Trailer Bridge submits their manifest 48 hours prior to vessel arrival to avoid penalties and more importantly to avoid passing those penalties on to our customers.

In order to fully comply with the regulations we are reminding customers of the minimum necessary information needed to submit a bill of lading to all regulatory parties and avoid a taxable response due to missing or incorrect information.  In order to complete this it is very important we receive shipment documentation by 5PM on the day of sailing.

The following details are required for complete submission to all regulatory parties to avoid a necessary change:

  • Consignee legal name
  • Consignee EIN
  • Consignee merchant registration number
  • Container number
  • Detailed cargo description (including a valid piece count)
  • HTS codes (Schedule B) for all cargo types
  • Cargo value for the PR Treasury
  • Cargo weight for the Puerto Rico Port Authority
  • ITN or AES Exemption clause

Changes to the bill of lading after transmission requires the consignee to submit the following in order to complete the change with Department of hacienda and obtain a release of the cargo.  Corrections take 24-48 hours to complete and must be completed in person at the Department of Hacienda.

  • Hand signed letter from the consignee, on letterhead, describing the error to the Secretary of Hacienda/Negociado de Impuestos al Consumo
  • Carrier’s letter made out to the Secretary of Hacienda / Negociado de Impuestos al Consumo, including the correction details
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Copy of Bill of Lading with the error
  • Copy of the corrected bill of lading or Freight Correction Notice that details the correction

 

Should you have any questions or require additional information during this time, please contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager at 800-727-3859. 

TB Hosts a Snack n’ Pack for a Worthy Cause

Employees of Trailer Bridge were proud to recently organize a backpack drive in support of the Anthony J. Stinson Jr. Association for Change’s Annual backpack event.  The Stinson Association, located in Jacksonville, Florida has a mission to support under served youth by offering them the opportunity to have a safe haven to play, learn, and create a lasting connection within their community.

As part of our goal to give back to the community where we work, Trailer Bridge’s Community Service Team organized a Snack n’ Pack drive to fill the backpacks needed with school supplies for the youth served by the Stinson Association.   Trailer Bridge supplied the backpacks and employees donated all of the supplies and stuffed them into packs for the event.

“We have a strong sense and understanding of family at Trailer Bridge and that includes giving back to the very communities where our TB families live.  Our Community Service Team helps provide us this opportunity by organizing a number of drives and events throughout the year.  It’s wonderful to see how excited our TB family is  to voluntarily support a variety of local causes and organizations.” said Trailer Bridge CEO and President, Mitch Luciano.

Learn more about us! http://www.trailerbridge.com/about/

For more information about the Anthony J. Stinson Jr. Association for Change: http://www.ajsjr54.org/

 

Revised Gate Hours for Blount Island Terminal

July 28, 2017

Our revised Blount Island Terminal Gate hours are as follows:

Should you have any questions or require additional information during this time, please contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager at 800-727-3859. 

Constitution Day Holiday Closure

July 19, 2017
Constitution Day Holiday Closure

Trailer Bridge’s Puerto Rico terminals and offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in observance of Puerto Rico Constitution Day.

San Juan:

– Army Terminal Gates and offices: Closed
– PR Terminals (Intership) Gates and offices: Closed
–  Metro Office: Closed

Jacksonville and Dominican Republic offices and terminals are open for normal business hours on Tuesday, July 25.

Dept. of Hacienda offices will be closed for tax processing and clearance of bills of lading on Tuesday, July 25.

Cargo of voyage 10350 (SB) will be discharged on the following business day, Wednesday, July 26, available by 12 noon.

Cargo for voyage 20350 (NB) will load on Wednesday, July 26 and is scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville on Tuesday, August 1.

 

Should you have any questions or require additional information during this time, please contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager at 800-727-3859. 

4th of July Holiday Schedule

June 29, 2017
Our schedule for the July 4th holiday is as follows:
Monday, July 3

All offices and terminals are open for normal business hours.
Jacksonville – Blount Island Gates: 0500-2030
San Juan – Army Terminal Gates: 0700-1600
San Juan – Intership Gates: 0700-1600

Tuesday, July 4

All offices are closed for the holiday.  Some terminals will have limited holiday hours.
Jacksonville – Blount Island Gates: 0800-1700
San Juan – Army Terminal Gates: Closed
San Juan – Intership Gates: Closed

Wednesday, July 5

All offices and terminals are open for normal business hours.
Jacksonville – Blount Island Gates: 0500-2030
San Juan – Army Terminal Gates: 0700-1600
San Juan – Intership Gates: 0700-1600

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager at 1.800.727.3859

TB Supports Catching Dreams Project

Carlos Correa, catching the dreams of children in Puerto Rico, providing a bed to sleep, rest and dream…

SANTA ISABEL- Salvation Army Puerto Rico- June 3, 2017– Over 200 children of Santa Isabel, San Juan, Loiza, Guayama, Salinas, Patillas, Bayamón, Toa Alta, Comerío, Canóvanas and Arroyo will be resting today on beds donated by Carlos Correa. The star of the HoustonAstros joined forces with the nonprofit organization Salvation Army of Puerto Rico, Rooms to Go, Mattress Firm of Houston Texas, Trailer Bridge, Loans Trucking and Corey Home Deliveries, to make it possible for kids in Puerto Rico to benefit from the program that began in Texas and that so far, has delivered thousands of beds for underprivileged children.

Carlos Correa feels fortunate to have participated in the experience of working hand in hand with Mattress Firm in Houston Texas, bringing joy to hundreds of children who received a bed to sleep. His love and commitment to Puerto Rico leads him to expand his work as a very personal desire to his people of his hometown in Santa Isabel, as well as to other municipalities in Puerto Rico where the need is great and resources are very limited.

Carlos Correa’s event  #catchingdreams  delivered over 200 beds simultaneously in San Juan, Loíza, Guayama and Santa Isabel along with Rooms to Go in Puerto Rico and the Salvation Army. Correa’s parents, Sandybel Oppenheimer and Carlos A. Correa, as well as his siblings Jean C. Correa and Leibysand Correa, traveled from Houston to be part of the initiative and spend some time with the participating families. “When we felt the impact of delivering beds to children who did not have adequate sleeping accommodations in Houston and saw the joy in their faces, I always wanted to replicate this experience for the children of my Puerto Rico. I will like to say a warm thank you to all the organizations and companies that joined us to achieve the success of this project,” said a very excited Carlos Correa from Houston.

A few months ago the Correa family contacted the Salvation Army of Puerto Rico and asked them for help in identifying families in need, and that’s how a list of over 200 cases of children without adequate beds was created.  Thanks to the outreach of the organization, the generosity of the Correa family and the private companies involved, it was possible to reach eleven towns and touch many lives. “In the Salvation Army, we are delighted that tonight our kids will rest in a comfortable bed, but even better that that, the excitement to have received this great gift from an athlete like Carlos Correa, their hero. We are sure that new and bigger dreams will begin today, “said Eric Rodríguez Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army Puerto Rico.

 

THE SALVATION ARMY PUERTO RICO CONTACT:

Leslie Ortiz Montez
T: 787 717 7581
E: leslie.ortiz@USE.salvationarmy.org

TRAILER BRIDGE CONTACT:

Indie B. Bollman
Director of Corporate Development
T: 904 751 7142
E:  ibollman@trailerbridge.com
www.trailerbridge.com

San Juan Terminal Update

June 27, 2017

Labor for Voyage SJB 10346/20346  will be start today, June 27,  at 1:00pm  at Army Terminal.  Cut off for this vessel will be  at 3:00pm and  Army Terminal  gates  will be open until  6:00pm for dispatching.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager or Sales Representative.

Sincerely,

Trailer Bridge Account Management Team

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1.800.727.3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com
For latest Trailer Bridge Sailing Schedule click here

TB Takes the Win for Best Places to Work

June 22, 2017

TRAILER BRIDGE TAKES THE WIN FOR BEST PLACES TO WORK FOR LARGE COMPANIES IN JACKSONVILLE

Trailer Bridge was honored to receive the #1 spot for Best Places to Work in Jacksonville for 2017.  The company placed in the top 10 in the 2016 survey, which is conducted annually by The Jacksonville Business Journal, and based on anonymous feedback from employees of nominated local firms. Announcements of this year’s winners came at an awards luncheon for all finalists hosted by the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.

“I am so proud of my team in receiving #1 Best Place to Work in the large business category for 2017.  What makes this so special to us, is that it’s based solely on the opinions and feedback received by employees”, according to CEO and President Mitch Luciano who added, “While it was fantastic to be a finalist, to be the best in our category this year says so much about our team and how much they believe in what we are all about here at Trailer Bridge; serving each other and serving our customers.  I speak for our entire family when I say, with enormous pride, that we are so grateful for our culture and employees, and what we’ve accomplished.  Our employees are the reason Trailer Bridge is such an incredible place to work.”

Best Places to Work is an annual competition conducted by The Jacksonville Business Journal, a weekly newspaper and daily website in Jacksonville, Florida.  Part of the American City Business Journals, The Journal covers business news in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Tabulation of all voting and results is completed by Quantum Workplace, an employee feedback software company that helps organizations retain top talent, motivate performance, understand turnover, and build magnetic workplace cultures.

Source:  Jacksonville Business Journal and Quantumworkplace.com

Trailer Bridge Opens South Carolina Office

Trailer Bridge Expands Southeast Integrated Logistics Business with Opening of Charleston Office

JACKSONVILLE – PRNewswire – June 6, 2017 – Trailer Bridge, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of their newest office in Charleston, South Carolina.  The new location represents a continued expansion of the firm’s domestic integrated logistics business.

The Charleston branch, which opened June 5, will be headed up by David O’Connor, a South Carolina native.  O’Connor comes to the company with an impressive background in both the logistics and maritime industries.  “I am delighted to be a part of this newest office for Trailer Bridge and to the continuing expansion throughout North America.”, says O’Connor.

The Trailer Bridge team in Charleston opens the branch with sights set on quickly growing and expanding the domestic logistics offering.  This latest initiative represents one of many steps Trailer Bridge has taken over the past several years to improve the overall experience for their clients.  “We’re on a mission to continue what we started a few years back – to continue to grow our logistics and ocean services.  The results in recent years of these efforts continue to excite us and open doors to additional opportunities for our expansion in the industry,” according to Trailer Bridge CEO and President, Mitch Luciano.

ABOUT TRAILER BRIDGE

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Trailer Bridge, Inc. is an asset-owned, leading shipping and logistics firm providing services in ocean, truckload, intermodal, expedited, specialized cargo, vehicles, over-dimensional, warehousing, and transloading services.  Trailer Bridge has offices in Jacksonville, FL, Charleston, SC; San Juan, Puerto Rico; the Dominican Republic; and the US Virgin Islands.

Trailer Bridge was voted “Best Places to Work” in 2016 and in 2017 in Jacksonville.

TB Expands in the Caribbean

April 27, 2017

TRAILER BRIDGE EXPANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN

By CB Staff, Caribbean Business, Big Business Profile: Import/Export

Trailer Bridge is carefully growing its footprint in the Caribbean trade by maintaining a solid financial position and capitalizing on import and export opportunities when they arise. “As we continue to make investments in the Caribbean trade, we provide access to the islands, allowing for increased import and export business,” said Mitch Luciano, president & CEO of the ocean carrier.

The company’s most recent investment was the establishment of new services for the Dominican Republic and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. In addition, Luciano noted, over the past five years, the company has established a logistics division and an in-house trucking division from its Jacksonville, Fla. headquarters.

“Our main business is in Puerto Rico and it’s a pretty heavy exporter for the U.S. and the Dominican Republic is a heavy importer into the U.S., so it’s a great balance for us,” he pointed out. “Our logistics group has grown significantly and we are the only 53-foot [high cube container] provider in the Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands,” Luciano added.

The company has two sailings per week to Santo Domingo, in addition to its long running weekly call from Jaxport’s Blount Island Marine Terminal to Puerto Plata. The Santo Domingo service utilizes one Roll-on/Roll-off barge, plus one combination Lift-on/Lift-off and Roll-on/Roll-off barge to move containerized cargo, flatbed breakbulk cargo, passenger vehicles, large construction and farming equipment, boats and other oversized specialty cargo. The vessels also call on San Juan during the twice weekly rotation to Santo Domingo.

Pioneering Innovation

Innovation has been central to the company’s growth from the beginning. Malcom McLean founded Trailer Bridge in 1991. As the “father” of containerization, he knew what was needed to make moving cargo from land to sea more efficient. He came up with the concept of containerizing cargo, which changed the way the global trade works today. Looking ahead, Trailer Bridge sees further growth opportunities. “Over the next two years, we plan on 60% growth in revenues,” Luciano predicted, “and over the next five years, we should see our revenues more than double.

“We are currently looking at expanding our logistics footprint within the United States,” he added, “while also reviewing other areas within the Jones Act trade or Caribbean, where we can expand.”

Originally started to create a seamless truckload transportation system between the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the company has grown to become an industry leader in transporting product throughout the United States and North America. “Over the past several years, we began to incorporate our first class equipment, state-of-the art information systems, and second to none service into the domestic market to serve our clients’ needs via Trailer Bridge Logistics,” Luciano said. “With our company-owned assets, our owner operators and our partner carriers, we are able to provide truckload, intermodal, expedited, warehousing, transfers and white glove services to all of our clients.

“Likewise, over the past several years, through the guidance of our ownership, we have become a fiscally strong organization, while ensuring we invest in our people to create an environment where they can succeed,” he said. The company employs 120 people.

Streamlined Supply Chain

“We are always enhancing our IT systems through internal development and third party programs,” Luciano continued, as well as streamlining the company’s own operations and the supply chain for clients.

The company prides itself on being the industry leader in transporting cargo in 53-foot high cube containers. It owns more than 3,600 of these containers, making them readily available to clients in the Caribbean trade.

Moreover, the company recognizes that not all freight fits perfectly into a container, even the 53- foot variety. “We have a team with the know-how and problem solving skills to accommodate the special needs of specialized cargo,” he added. “We also know that you need the proper storage and the correct equipment to do the job right.

Article from Caribbean Business – 04/27/2017, check it out here.

Voyage 10336 Schedule Update

April 18, 2017

Due to high wind and sea conditions the San Juan JAX Bridge Voyage 10336 has been delayed for its arrival in San Juan, PR.   The barge is now planned to arrive San Juan on Wednesday, April 19th at 1200.  Labor is planned to start discharge operations at 1300.  The gates at Army terminal will be open until 1800 for cargo dispatch on Wednesday.  Based on current arrival times we anticipate this barge to be back on schedule before its next southbound departure from Jacksonville.  We will continue to monitor any changes and provide updates as the status changes.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager or Sales Representative.

Sincerely,

Trailer Bridge Account Management Team

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1.800.727.3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com
For latest Trailer Bridge Sailing Schedule click here

Enhanced Services to Dominican Republic

April 3, 2017

TRAILER BRIDGE LAUNCHES SERVICE TO VIRGIN ISLANDS, ENHANCES SERVICES TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

By Junior Skepple, Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal

Trailer Bridge, Inc., recently began a route to the Virgin Islands and announced additional freight services to the Dominican Republic from Jaxport as a part of their growth plan. With the enhanced service in the Dominican Republic, Trailer Bridge now provides shipping services from the north and south side of the island.

“Over the last couple of years Trailer Bridge has been much stronger financially. We decided to open up to the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands because we had a lot of clients asking us to serve those areas,” President and CEO of Trailer Bridge Mitch Luciano said. “Our main business is in Puerto Rico and it’s a pretty heavy exporter for the U.S. and the Dominican Republic is a heavy importer into the U.S., so it’s a great balance for us.”

The company has two sailings per week to Santo Domingo, in addition to its long running weekly call from Jaxport’s Blount Island Marine Terminal to Puerto Plata. The Santo Domingo service utilizes one Roll-on/Roll-off barge, plus one combination Lift-on/Lift-off and Roll-on/Roll-off barge to move containerized cargo, flatbed breakbulk cargo, passenger vehicles, large construction and farming equipment, boats and other oversized specialty cargo. The vessels also call San Juan, Puerto Rico during the twice weekly rotation to Santo Domingo.

“Our logistics group has grown significantly and we are the only 53-foot provider in the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands,” Luciano said.

Trailer Bridge does not have any further plans to expand their services in the Caribbean. In addition to servicing the Caribbean, there is a heavy focus on the shipping services $50 million domestic business.

“We want to grow. Trailer Bridge has been a $120 million business for many years and we want to double that in the next couple years,” Luciano said.

Article from bizjournals.com/jacksonville, see it  here.

Voyage 10333 Schedule Update

March 27, 2017

Dear Valued Customer:

JAX SAN JUAN BRIDGE Voyage 10333 has encountered high winds and heavy seas while in route to San Juan. This voyage is now scheduled to arrive to San Juan on Thursday, March 30th at 12 noon. Operations are scheduled to begin immediately upon arrival.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager or Sales Representative.

Sincerely,

Trailer Bridge Account Management Team

Contact Customer Service – Account Management at 1.800.727.3859
Email: customerservice@trailerbridge.com
For latest Trailer Bridge Sailing Schedule click here

Trailer Bridge Partners with Credit Carrier Services

March 23, 2017

TRAILER BRIDGE PARTNERS WITH CREDIT CARRIER SERVICES FOR U.S. BASED DEMURRAGE, DETENTION & STORAGE CHARGES

Trailer Bridge has partnered with Carrier Credit Services, Inc. (CCS) to manage the billing and collections of demurrage or storage charges incurred in the United States. This will apply to all contract and non-contract customers. Invoices for these charges will now be sent from Carrier Credit Services; payments should be remitted directly to Carrier Credit Services.

Below is the contact information for Carrier Credit Services, Inc:

Carrier Credit Services, Inc.
Billing questions: billing@ccspr.net
Collections questions: collections@ccspr.net
Phone number in Coconut Creek, Florida: 954-739-7338
Phone number in San Juan, Puerto Rico: 787-753-0303

Demurrage, detention and storage charges are calculated based on STB – Freight Tariff No. TRBR 200-A Item 502 for Domestic Ocean cargo and Tariff No. TRBR 008-022-006 for International Ocean cargo. This change does not represent a change to any existing tariff charges, only a change to how the invoicing of these charges are handled.

Copies of the tariff can be obtained by sending an email to tariffrequest@trailerbridge.com.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your Trailer Bridge Account Manager at 1-800-727-3859.
For the latest Trailer Bridge Sailing Schedule go here.

Voyage Schedule Update

January 12, 2017

VOYAGE SCHEDULE UPDATE

SAN JUAN-JAX BRIDGE

Voyage 10322 departed Jacksonville port on Wednesday, January 4th and was scheduled to arrive to San Juan, PR port later today, the vessel has experienced high wind and sea conditions while in route and is now scheduled to arrive to San Juan on Friday, January 13th.  Operations are scheduled to begin at 8am on the 13th.

CHICAGO BRIDGE

Voyage 3965 departed Jacksonville port on Friday, January 6th and was scheduled to arrive to San Juan, PR port on Thursday, January 12th. This vessel has also experienced high wind and sea conditions while in route and is now scheduled to arrive to San Juan on Friday, January 13th. Operations are scheduled to begin at 8am on the 13th.

Notice of Redemption

January 4, 2017

NOTICE OF REDEMPTION

Secured Notes due March 31, 2017

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 3.03 of Article III of the indenture, dated as of April 2, 2012 (as supplemented or amended, the “Indenture”), between Trailer Bridge, Inc. (the “Company”) and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee (the “Trustee”), that the Company shall redeem (the “Redemption”) all outstanding Secured Notes due March 31, 2017 (the “Notes”) pursuant to Section 3.07 of Article III of the Indenture, on January 26, 2017 (the “Redemption Date”), at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount thereof plus accrued and unpaid interest to the Redemption Date (the “Redemption Payment”).

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, in order to receive the Redemption Payment, holders
must surrender their Notes to U.S. Bank National Association, as the paying agent (the “Paying Agent”), at the appropriate address set forth below, by such method as you deem appropriate. If you mail your Notes, we recommend that for your own protection you may want to use registered mail, return receipt requested.

Registered & Certified Mail:

U.S. Bank National Association
111 Fillmore Avenue E
St. Paul, MN 55107

Regular Mail or Courier:

U.S. Bank National Association
111 Fillmore Avenue E
St. Paul, MN 55107

In Person by Hand Only:

U.S. Bank National Association
11 Fillmore Avenue E
St. Paul, MN 55107

Bondholders presenting their Notes in person for same day payment must surrender their Note(s) by 1:00 P.M. CST on the Redemption Date and a check will be available for pick up after 2:00 P.M. CST. Checks not picked up by 4:30 P.M. CST will be mailed out to the bondholder via first class mail. If payment of the Redemption Payment is to be made to the registered owner of the Note, you are not required to endorse the Note to collect the Redemption Payment.

For a list of redemption requirements please visit the Trustee’s website at
www.usbank.com/corporatetrust and click on the “Bondholder Information” link for Redemption instructions. You may also contact the Trustee’s Bondholder Communications team at 1-800-934-6802 Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. CST.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, unless the Company defaults in making the Redemption Payment on the Redemption Date, interest on the Notes shall cease to accrue on and after the Redemption Date and the only remaining right of the holders of the Notes shall be to receive payment of the Redemption Payment upon surrender to the Paying Agent of the Notes. For all purposes of the Indenture, the Notes will be deemed to be no longer outstanding from and after January 26, 2017, if and when the Redemption Payment is deposited with the Paying Agent, and all rights with respect thereto, except as stated herein, will cease as of the close of business on that same date.

Under current United States federal income tax law, a trustee making payment of interest
or principal on securities may be obligated to apply backup withholding to payments of the interest or principal payable to a holder who (i) has failed to furnish the trustee with a valid taxpayer identification number and certifications that the holder is not subject to backup withholding under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) and that the holder is a United States person (including a U.S. resident alien) as defined by the Code or (ii) has failed to provide appropriate certification to establish that the holder is not a United States person. Holders of Notes who are United States persons and wish to avoid the application of these provisions should submit a completed IRS Form W-9 when presenting the Notes for payment. Holders of Notes who are non-United States persons should submit an appropriate IRS Form W-8. Please visit www.irs.gov for additional information on the tax forms and instructions.

TB Announces Expiration and Final Results

December 18, 2016

TRAILER BRIDGE ANNOUNCES EXPIRATION AND FINAL RESULTS OF ITS EXCHANGE AND TENDER OFFERS

Extension Of Exchange And Tender Offers

November 4, 2016

TRAILER BRIDGE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF EXCHANGE AND TENDER OFFERS

Trailer Bridge, Inc. (the “Company”) today announced that it has extended the expiration of the Company’s previously announced offers to acquire all of the outstanding secured notes due 2017 of the Company (the “Notes”) in exchange for shares of common stock of the Company (the “Exchange Offer”) or cash (the “Tender Offer” and, together with the Exchange Offer, the “Offers”) to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on November 18, 2016. The Offers are being made pursuant to an Exchange and Tender Offer Memorandum, dated October 7, 2016 (the “Offer Memorandum”), and the related letter of transmittal (the 2016″Letter of Transmittal”). All other terms and conditions of the Offers remain unchanged.

Based on the amount of valid tenders received as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on November 3, 2016, and giving effect to the agreement entered into with certain holders of the Notes committing to participate in the Exchange Offer, the amount of Notes participating in the Offers represents approximately 92.7% of the outstanding Notes.
Holders of the Notes may tender their Notes in the Offers by completing the Letter of Transmittal in accordance with the instructions contained therein. If any Notes have been lost, destroyed or stolen, then the holder thereof should promptly notify U.S. Bank National Association, the trustee under the indenture governing the Notes, at (651) 466-5606, regarding the requirements for replacement. Such holder will then be instructed as to the steps that must be taken to replace such Note(s).

THIS PRESS RELEASE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO PURCHASE, OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL, ANY SECURITIES. THIS PRESS RELEASE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE OFFERS ARE BEING MADE ONLY PURSUANT TO THE OFFER MEMORANDUM AND THE RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.

About Trailer Bridge

The Company is an integrated trucking and marine freight carrier that provides freight transportation between the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean Islands. The Company was the first company serving markets governed by the Jones Act to exclusively operate marine vessels fully configured to carry 40-foot and 53-foot long, 102-inch wide, “high-cube” equipment. The Company also utilizes tug/barge vessels to help achieve lower costs per unit mile at sea compared to traditional self-propelled vessels.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements. You are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses the Company has made in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. The information contained in this press release identifies important factors that could cause such differences. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements.

The Lightning Fast Turnaround

October 27, 2016

THE LIGHTNING FAST TURNAROUND: 4 SIMPLE AND PROFOUND STEPS

Trailer Bridge had been through three CEOs in 3 years. Here’s what their new president did to take the company from near-death to 20 percent return on investment in just one year.

By Steve Farber, Founder the Extreme Leadership Institute

Mitch Luciano had worked for Trailer Bridge for three years, and things weren’t going well for the Florida-based logistics company. They had churned through three CEOs in as many years, and the business was generating about a one percent annual return on investment.

They needed to turn things around, and they needed to do it fast.

In 2014 the company’s board moved Luciano into the president role (he didn’t want the CEO title, and who could blame him?) with a mandate to fix things from the inside out.

Trailer Bridge, which primarily ships freight between Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, has already improved its return on investment to 15-20 percent a year under Luciano’s guidance. It’s gone from a company with high employee turnover to one that last year was ranked as the seventh best place to work in Jacksonville.

Luciano, who recently sent four of his team to my Certification program, says the shift to a people-focused culture was essential to the lightning-fast financial turnaround.

Here are four simple yet profound steps he took that could change the course of any struggling culture:

1. Ditch the name tags

Trailer Bridge has only 110 employees, so Step One for Luciano was to get know each one of them. He asked questions, listened, and learned their personal stories. Then he asked the other top leaders to get out of their offices and do the same.

“We had name tags everywhere,” he said. “I tore them all up.”

“In a company this small,” said Luciano. “We should at least know each others’ names.”

2. Release the resisters

Trailer Bridge was a no-nonsense environment where people came in, put their noses to the grindstone, and focused on getting their work done. To some, saying, “Hello” to a coworker was seen as a waste of time, and they didn’t take too kindly to this new, human-centric approach.

Luciano tried to enlist the resisters, and many of them came around. Others left on their own. And some were dismissed.

“We had some negative people,” Luciano said, “who just did not want to participate in the people-focused energy we were trying to create. Unfortunately, I had to let them go.”

3. Make time to lead

When some managers complained that they were too busy for this relationship stuff, Luciano encouraged them to create more time for people by ditching unnecessary, antiquated reports.

“Connecting with people doesn’t take four hours a day,” he pointed out.

Luciano writes a personalized card to every employee on their birthday, collects drawings of Trailer Bridge trucks made by employees’ kids, holds regular town hall meetings, and has an open-door policy that allows anyone to talk to him about whatever’s on their mind.

All of this adds up to only 30-60 minutes of his time each day, but it makes a difference in every employee’s life.

4. Follow through

Because of the high turnover rate in the C-Suite, it was natural for employees to think that Luciano would be just another flavor of the year. He knew that he and other top leaders would have to model consistency.

“It takes years to build a culture and you can tear it down in a day,” he said.

Since the day he took the helm, Luciano has followed up on every employee suggestion–either by implementing the idea or by explaining why it couldn’t be done.

He knows if he ever stops that practice, people will notice and a piece of the culture will die.

Trailer Bridge, like all organizations, is still a work in progress, but Luciano loves the results he’s seeing.

And the board does, too.

People who had been hanging around for the paycheck now tell him they love their job and their coworkers.

And that’s translating to the consumer experience.

For example, one of their customers purchased a dump truck in Puerto Rico and had Trailer Bridge ship it to Jacksonville.

When he arrived at the dock to retrieve his truck, he couldn’t get it started.

The Trailer Bridge team–whose work was technically done when the truck was offloaded from the boat–jump-started it and sent the happy customer on his way.

He made it to the highway and the truck broke down.

In a panic, the driver called Trailer Bridge who sent their mechanics to his roadside rescue.

“I was going to be stuck sleeping in a dump truck on the side of the highway,” the customer wrote in a letter to Luciano. “Your angels saved my day. I just want you to know what amazing people you have working at Trailer Bridge.”

The letter brought tears of joy to Luciano’s eyes.

The company had turned around.

Article from Inc.com, check it out here.

Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

May 24, 2016

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) sets minimum standards for the construction, equipment and operation of ships to ensure the safety of vessel operations.

SOLAS Chapter VI addresses carriage of cargo and includes specific requirements related to the safe stowage and securing of cargo. Chapter VI, Regulation 2 currently requires shippers to confirm the gross mass of cargo in writing in appropriate shipping documents prior to loading the cargo on a ship. Due to problems related to incorrect declarations of container weights, the amendment to Regulation 2 supplements the requirement to provide the gross mass of cargo by implementing specified procedures by which container gross mass must be verified. The resulting Verified Gross Mass (“VGM”) must be stated in the shipping document, signed by the shipper, and provided to the master and terminal in advance. If the VGM is not provided to the master and terminal, the container may not be loaded on the ship.

Thus, the amendment includes two requirements: (1) the “shipper” must ascertain and provide the VGM for each container, and (2) the vessel is prohibited from loading containers for which VGMs have not been supplied. In terms of enforcement actions in the United States, the Coast Guard takes the position that SOLAS and the International Safety Management (“ISM”) Code place the ultimate responsibility for the safety of the vessel on the owner of the vessel and the master, and not the shipper. Thus, enforcement action would likely be taken against the vessel owner/operator for failing to meet this new requirement if a container was loaded aboard one of its vessels that does not have a VGM.

TRAILER BRIDGE REQUIREMENTS

SOLAS does “NOT” apply to non-self-propelled barges, under SOLAS Chapter VI provisions “Carriage of Cargo”, therefore this does not apply to cargo shipped with Trailer Bridge as all marine equipment is non-self-propelled barges.

We take this opportunity to underline the importance and the responsibility of properly and accurately providing cargo weight on all shipping documents as per current DOT and Maritime regulations. The safety of our crew, the assets, and your cargo at sea remains a critical focus for Trailer Bridge.

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