Refrigerated Containers/Chassis Trucker Procedures


To ensure efficient and effective service to our customers while maintaining a safe environment, employees and truck drivers who access the reefer Genset chassis and container areas must abide by the following procedures without exception. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

Seaboard Marine PortMiami Equipment Pick-up – Genset Chassis, Loaded and Empty Refrigerated Containers


Drivers must inspect all equipment for damages and functionality before energizing the equipment.

Equipment inspection includes but is not limited to the container, chassis, Genset unit, cables, and plugs. Drivers must use appropriate PPE, follow best work practices, and adhere to manufacturer recommendations when handling energized equipment.

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. Note that chassis containing a sticker designating them as “Road Chassis” are unavailable for local trucking.
  2. Before hooking up to the chassis, please ensure that no work vehicles are parked close to your selected chassis.
  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 hook up their truck to the chassis (connect air lines), inspect the equipment, check the fuel level, and proceed to the loaded/empty reefer area. Driver inspection of the chassis should be completed at this time.
  5. It is imperative to locate the fueler personnel within the designated Reefer area before out gating the terminal. The fueler checks fuel levels, gauge seals, and fills the tank if necessary.
  6. Upon return of the chassis, drivers must remove all green tags.

Loaded & Empty Reefer Containers:

Top Loaders are available and located within the Reefer area Monday – Friday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Saturday & Sunday 6:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sunday pickups are usually pre-mounted.

Contact the reefer operator @ 305-986-3785 and wait to be loaded.


  1. Drivers must locate, unplug the unit, and wait until the equipment is loaded. After loading, the driver must move to a safe area, connect the cable, start the unit, and check the set temp to ensure that the unit is operating correctly.
  2. Continue to TIR Lanes.

Picking up and Dropping off Refrigerated Containers from Customers


Loaded Reefer

  1. Perform a visual inspection of the chassis to ensure equipment is in proper working condition before leaving the customer’s facility.
  2. Check the reefer unit operation and set the temperature:
  • Ensure the set temp. matches the customer’s paperwork.
  • If the unit is set incorrectly, notify the customer, and reset it.
  • If the unit is malfunctioning notify the Reefer Department.
  • If the trip is over 4 hours, ensure the tanks are full and check the temp every 4 hours.
  • If overnight check the temperature and fuel level prior to sleep and again when you wake. If the temp. is off, contact the Reefer Department.

Empty Reefers

      1. Perform a visual inspection of the chassis to ensure equipment is properly working before leaving the customer’s facility.
      2. Check the reefer container for new damage. If the damage appears recent, notify the customer, and record the damage(s) on the paperwork.
      3. Check the reefer cable. Ensure the cable is attached to the equipment.
      4. Check the Genset. Ensure the Genset is attached.
        (Note, if either is missing, notify the customer and document the paperwork accordingly.)

Reefer Department Contacts:

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