Trailer Bridge joins EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

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Trailer Bridge, a provider of integrated trucking and marine freight service to and from all points in the lower 48 states and Puerto Rico, has announced that it has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a voluntary collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.

“Joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership fits with the much cleaner environmental footprint we offer shippers for freight moving from the mainland to Puerto Rico,” says John D. McCown, chairman and chief executive officer of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Trailer Bridge. “While not currently a component of the SmartWay program, the greater fuel efficiency and much cleaner fuel associated with our tug and barge vessels translate into 4 to 6 times fewer emissions per cargo unit compared to the self-propelled vessels now serving Puerto Rico.”

McCown says this environmental edge is becoming increasingly important for companies concerned about their environmental footprint. “In the future, I expect that shippers who are members of the SmartWay Transport Partnership will be able to take credit for both the superior environmental performance of Trailer Bridge’s trucking and vessel operations,” he says.

As a SmartWay Transport Partner Carrier, Trailer Bridge has committed to:

  • Measure the environmental performance of its tractors;
  • Identify goals to improve the environmental performance of its tractors;
  • Encourage shippers to consider participation in the partnership;
  • Track company performance to meet these goals; and
  • Assist in the establishment of a marine category in the partnership by participating in EPA-sponsored workshops, and by measuring the environmental performance of its vessels.
  • Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade and professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies. Shippers who are members of the SmartWay Transport Partnership have committed to move 50 percent of their freight with carriers who are also members.

    The partnership currently has more than 450 members. For more information, go to