Mike Wilson

Consolidated Chassis Management

CEO

Mike Wilson is CEO of Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM), the leading cooperative chassis pool manager in the U.S. An industry veteran, Wilson has dedicated his 40-year career to focusing on the evolution of global logistics, operations and customer service. Prior to his current position, Wilson was SVP, Business Operations for Hamburg Süd North America, where he was responsible for all Marine & Terminal Operations, Equipment & Intermodal, Finance & Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources & Administration. In addition, Wilson has held senior-level positions with several leading shipping organizations, including Atlantic Container Line, United Arab Shipping, Crowley Maritime, and United States Lines with a geographical scope that includes North America, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean and North Coast of South America.

Wilson is a past Board Member and past Chairman of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and Vice-Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee of Ocean Carriers Equipment Management Association (OCEMA), a past Board Member of the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) and has been a member on the NYNJ Council on Port Performance. Wilson also participates in the Federal Maritime Commission’s Supply Chain Innovation Team and is a Board Member of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute (CII).

Sessions With Mike Wilson

Monday, 28 February

  • 04:35pm - 05:20pm (EST) / 01/mar/2022 12:35 am - 01/mar/2022 01:20 am

    Intermodal Rail: What Went Wrong in 2021 and How Do We Fix It?

    After a tumultuous 2021, international intermodal shippers are focusing on how railroads can prevent bottlenecks from returning in Southern California, the Midwest, and the South Central US, while domestic intermodal shippers are focusing on when new container capacity will become available and how much contract rates will increase. As 2021 wound down, terminals in markets such as Chicago, Memphis, Kansas City, and Ohio were more fluid than earlier in the year, when international intermodal networks were paralyzed by a flood of import containers originating in Southern California and a shortage of chassis on which to mount them. As ocean containers piled up at inland railyards, domestic intermodal service also suffered because terminals typically store ocean and domestic containers together. Some relief is on the way, as numerous shippers and service providers are scheduled to receive new containers. Lawrence Gross, president and founder of Gross Transportation Consulting, believes that will help alleviate some of the pressure, while warning that a cooldown in freight demand would suddenly make a lot of new 53-foot capacity underutilized. A cooling of demand also could help improve flow through BNSF Railway and Union Pacific ramps on the West Coast, after both were forced to scale back, or “meter,” the number of routings through the heavily congested gateways last year, leading to a spike in transloading. This session will examine the major issues confronting the intermodal network in 2021, analyze the outlook for this year, and explore what shippers and service providers are doing to prevent a worst-case scenario from repeating.