Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (DCLI) was originally formed in 1974 as Maersk Container Service Company (MCSC), a maintenance and repair organization responsible for repairing containers, chassis, and refrigeration unit generator sets. In the late 1990’s the group was reorganized to accommodate an ever growing fleet of chassis and containers under the name Maersk Equipment Service Company (MESC).
In 2007 with the continued growth of the chassis fleet, Maersk shifted container and refrigerator unit related repairs to another division and MESC became focused solely on chassis maintenance and leasing.
In 2009 Maersk determined to divest itself of its chassis interests and MESC began using the DCLI brand and actively marketing chassis on a fee per day basis to motor carriers.
In 2016, DCLI was acquired by the private equity firm EQT.
DCLI is an operating chassis leasing company. DCLI provides chassis to Marine Terminal Operators (MTO), Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCC), Motor Carriers, Steam Ship Lines (SSL), and Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCO) throughout the United States with 160 locations on or near key port facilities and other intermodal hubs. DCLI has grown from 64,000 to approximately 120,000 owned and managed chassis in the past two years. The company has developed unique partnerships with terminal operators and motor carrier organizations.
In 2014, DCLI acquired REZ-1 Inc., a Wellesley, MA based Asset Management and IT Services provider, which manages several different equipment programs for railroads including Union Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern.
DCLI has aggressively grown its fleet through strategic acquisitions of entire or partial marine carrier chassis fleets and the purchase of new container chassis. Today DCLI is a leading provider of chassis leasing nationwide.