Refrigerated Containers/Chassis Trucker Procedures


In order to ensure efficient and effective service to our customers, while maintaining a safe environment it is imperative that employees and truck drivers that access the Reefer Genset Chassis and Container areas adhere to these procedures at all times without exception. Failure to follow these procedures consistently may result in disciplinary action.

Procedures to follow when picking up genset chassis and loaded/empty refrigerated containers in Seaboard Marine’s PortMiami Terminal:

Drivers must inspect all equipment for damages and functionality prior to energizing equipment. Equipment to be inspected includes but is not limited to: container, chassis, genset unit, cables and plugs. Drivers must use appropriate PPE, best work practices and follow manufacturer recommendations when handling energized equipment.

Picking Up Genset Chassis:

  1. Enter the genset chassis area and locate a genset chassis with a green tag hanging from the corner of the front bumper of the chassis. *Please note that chassis containing a sticker designating them as “Road Chassis” are not available for local trucking.
  2. Before hooking up to the chassis, please ensure that no work vehicles are parked in close proximity to the chassis you have selected.
  3. Truck drivers must sound their horn twice before backing up their truck to hook up to any chassis.
  4. Once the truck driver has confirmed that the area is clear of personnel, they may proceed to hook up their truck to the chassis (connect air lines), inspect the equipment, check fuel level, and proceed to loaded/empty reefer area. Driver inspection of the chassis should be completed at this time.
  5. Upon return of the chassis, drivers must ensure that all green tags are removed.
  6. If the genset is in need of fuel, please contact Reefer Dept. (See numbers at bottom of page)

Picking Up Loaded & Empty Reefer Containers:

  1. Communicate your location with the Reefer Area top loader operator and wait to be loaded. (305-986-3785)
  2. After loading, move to a safe area, connect cable, start unit, check set temp and ensure that the unit is operating properly.
  3. Continue to TIR Lanes.

Procedures to follow when picking up or dropping off refrigerated containers from customers:

Loaded Reefers

  1. Perform visual inspection of chassis to ensure equipment is in proper working condition before leaving customer’s facility.
  2. Check reefer unit operation and set temperature:
  • Be sure set temp matches customer’s paperwork.
  • If unit is malfunctioning notify Reefer Department.
  • If unit is set wrong notify customer then reset.
  • If trip is over 4 hours check temp every 4 hours.
  • If overnight check temp prior to sleep and again when you wake. *If temp is off notify Reefer Department.

Empty Reefers

  1. Perform visual inspection of chassis to ensure equipment is in proper working condition before leaving customer’s facility.
  2. Check refrigerated container for fresh damage. *If damage appears fresh, notify customer and make a note on the paperwork.
  3. Check that reefer cable is attached to equipment.
  4. Check that genset is attached. *If either is missing notify customer and make a note on paperwork.

Contacts Reefer Department:

Daily Reefer Mechanic: 786-602-9504
Arnaldo Perez (Reefer Assistant Manager): 786-338-1269
Carlos Rodriguez (Foreman): 786-716-3859