Virginia Port Authority News

19 Mar 2020

Port of Virginia Providing Berth Space for Cruise Ships

Norwegian Bliss (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

The Port of Virginia said it has opened its doors to cruise ships idled by the coronavirus pandemic.Since the outbreak of the virus and the cruise industry’s voluntary suspension of U.S. operations, empty cruise ships have been seeking temporary berth opportunities at multiple ports, with Florida taking the greatest share of the vessels. For a cruise ship, it is more economical to idle at a port rather than at sea because it does not burn as much fuel and provides easy access…

29 Jan 2020

Virginia Port Signs Pact with Ørsted

Photo courtesy: Port of Virginia

Danish energy giant Ørsted has entered into an agreement with the Port of Virginia to lease a portion of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal for offshore wind staging materials and equipment.According to Virginia governor's office, Orsted could use the site for its work on the Coastal Virginia offshore wind project, which it is developing with Dominion Energy, as well as for staging materials and equipment for projects up and down the US east coast.Once executed, the lease will not expire before 2026…

16 Oct 2019

Kalmar Supplies Hybrid Shuttle Carriers to Virginia Port

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced that it will supply 25 Kalmar Hybrid Shuttle Carriers to the Port of Virginia, a growing, deep water port on the U.S. East Coast.The $23 million (USD) order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q3 order intake, and represents the exercising of a contract option for further units that was agreed upon in 2017. Delivery of the new machines is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2020.The new units will be delivered to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT)…

12 Aug 2019

Port of Virginia Posts Record July Volumes

John F. Reinhart, the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.

July is Second Busiest Month in Port of Virginia’s History.The Port of Virginia in July processed 265,559 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in July, making it the second busiest month in the port’s history.The strong cargo performance was driven by an increase of more than 4 percent in loaded import containers, and a jump of nearly 18 percent in export empty containers, which are being repositioned across the globe to handle peak season cargo.“We are continuing to set volume records.

09 Jul 2019

Virginia 1st US Port to Join SEA\LNG

Image: SEA\LNG

SEA\LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition, created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has announced that the Port of Virginia has become the first port in the US to join them.A press release from the LNG body quoted Peter Keller, Chairman, SEA\LNG, as commenting: “We’re very pleased to welcome the Port of Virginia as our first US port member. The US has vastly increased its LNG export capacity since the industry really took flight in early 2016, inspiring development in LNG bunkering capabilities on the East and West Coasts.

20 Jun 2019

SHORTSEA CRANE OPERATIONS: Lifting a Port to Prosperity

Shortsea Container-on-Barge operations at the Richmond Marine Terminal.

A Liebherr LHM 420 Crane is at the heart of a rapidly expanding shortsea shipping success story. Reliability is the key for a port that’s turned the corner, with nowhere to go but ‘up.’Way back in January of 1996, I moved to Richmond, Virginia from Houston, Texas. Still very much in the maritime business as a cargo surveyor and ship expeditor, the Port of Richmond intrigued me, every time I drove past it on I-95. Eventually, I got a tour of the struggling port, courtesy of then port director and retired USCG Captain Marty Moynihan.

15 May 2019

OP/ED: Is Short Sea shipping on the horizon along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway?

Are paradigms shifting on the increased role of inland waterways with respect to short sea shipping and the Nation’s marine transportation system? Investigation and implementation of new commerce shipping avenues are becoming more common along the Eastern seaboard of the United States with each new announcement of a Port Authority supporting the development of shipping routes for container on barge services.In the past few weeks, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) furthered their quest to develop a marine highway to support the Port of Charleston in South Carolina.

09 Mar 2018

Virginia Port’s Cargo Numbers Up

Courtesy of The Port of Virginia.

Despite a slight dip in volume of .7 percent in February, The Port of Virginia’s fiscal year 2018 cargo volumes are up nearly 4 percent, or nearly 69,000 TEUs. “February is a short month and our volume was relatively static, in a year-on-year comparison,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). “January featured two snowstorms, which had an impact on our performance, yet we continue to perform in-line with our fiscal-year volume forecast.

02 Mar 2018

Virginia Port Launches Truck Reservation System

Courtesy Port of Virginia

Following more than two years of collaborative development with the local motor carrier community, The Port of Virginia today is its trucker reservation system (TRS) to begin the effort of managing the flow of truck volume at the port. “This is a twenty-first century tool that holds benefits for motor carriers, cargo owners, logistics companies and our terminal operations team,” said John F. Reinhart, the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. The port said it is committed to a phased roll-out of TRS.

18 Oct 2017

Charting the Next 100 Years of Naval Station Norfolk

What does the future hold for Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval station? Building on the accomplishments of the last 100 years, leading experts will consider the possibilities and navigate toward a secure and sustainable future at the upcoming symposium, Naval Station Norfolk: Charting Our Next 100 Years, Friday October 20th at the Main, hotel and conference center. The Future Fleet Design session will be conducted by VADM Richard P. Breckenridge from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. The session will discuss the USFF Fleet Design Plan that will drive the implementation of Fleet Design by 2023. The presentation on Fleet Design will define how the fleet…

07 Apr 2017

FMC Oks Virginia/Georgia Port Agreement

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton

Port authorities in Virginia and Georgia will be allowed to engage in discussions about a variety of commercial and operational topics as a result of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voting to allow the "East Coast Port Gateway Terminal Agreement" to go into effect. The Virginia Port Authority and the Georgia Ports Authority filed their agreement with the Commission on February 24, 2017. Their agreement becomes effective Monday, April 10. Under the terms of the agreement…

12 Mar 2017

Port of Virginia Expansion Work is Underway at VIG

Photo: Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia moved 220,376 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February, 351 TEUs lower than February 2016, but placing its fiscal-year-to-date growth at 6.9 percent. The continued growth comes as the port has started the engineering and survey work on its capacity expansion plan at Virginia International Gateway (VIG); work at Norfolk International Terminals will begin this summer. These projects are the focus of the port’s plan to expand annual throughput capacity by 40 percent – 1 million containers – in three years.

28 Feb 2017

East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement in the offing

The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority filed on Friday, Feb. The agreement encourages voluntary cooperation in the areas of operational and supply chain efficiencies, safety, communications and customer service. “The U.S. East Coast continues to see larger vessels and cargo exchanges since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal last year,” VPA CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart and GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said in a joint statement. “Increasingly, our customers are seeking gateway ports on the East Coast that can leverage sufficient landside infrastructure to ensure the free flow of cargo. The states of Georgia and Virginia have made the necessary investments to prepare for this new era in global trade.

11 Feb 2017

Container Volumes zoom at Virginia Port

Details Courtesy Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia moved 228,516 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in January, setting a new volume mark for the month, growing volume by 18.5 percent when compared with last January and pushing the fiscal-year-to-date growth to 8 percent.The port handled the heavy volume despite two lost workdays in January that were the result of a heavy snow at the start of the month. The continued growth comes as the port prepares to begin work on its three-year capacity expansion plan at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) and Norfolk International Terminals.

12 Jan 2017

Virginia Port Hits Record Volume at 65 mi TEUs

JOHN F. REINHART, CEO and Executive Director Photo Virginia Port

The Port of Virginia set a new annual record for container cargo volume having handled more than 2.65 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, a 4.2 percent increase over last year’s total. In 2016, import and export volumes were up 6 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, over the prior year. The port saw increases in TEUs, rail volume and total volume at Virginia Inland Port, the port’s growing intermodal ramp located in Front Royal. Further, Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) had its most productive year since The Port of Virginia began leasing the facility in 2010.

06 Dec 2016

Virginia’s FTZ 20 Expansion Approved

Courtesy Port of Virginia

Expansion of Virginia’s Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ 20) into northeast North Carolina was approved by the US Department of Commerce and the decision provides another means of attracting cargo to The Port of Virginia, the port’s CEO says. “This is an incentive that can be used to attract business to the port and investment and jobs to locations within the FTZ,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO an executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). “The benefits of the FTZ can be significant and this decision opens the door in northeast North Carolina to those benefits.

16 Nov 2016

Virginia Port, Konecranes Ink Largest ASC Deal

Governor Terry R. McAuliffe announced that The Port of Virginia will finalize the $217 million contract with Konecranes for that company to build and deliver 86 specialized cranes that will be at the center of the port’s expansion projects at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) and Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). The contract is the largest one-time order for automated stacking cranes (ASCs) in industry history. “The work on making The Port of Virginia the US East Coast’s leading gateway for world trade is truly underway,” McAuliffe said. At today’s regularly-scheduled meeting, the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners ratified the deal with Konecranes.

18 Oct 2016

Richmond Marine Terminal Volume Up 55%

Courtesy Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia handled 220,000 TEUs in September and that volume helped to push solid growth in rail cargo and in containers moved to Richmond Marine Terminal by barge. In comparison with last September, TEU volumes are up 2 percent; rail units up 16 percent and volume at Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) is up 55 percent. Moreover, September marks the eighth consecutive month of TEU volumes exceeding 210,000 units. “The peak-season cargo flow is steady – import TEUs were up 7 percent -- and we are maintaining our consistency in delivery of service, said John F.

22 Sep 2016

Port of Va. Signs Long Lease for International Gateway

Lease Clears the Way for Port to Double the Terminal’s Annual Lift Capacity Photo Port of Virginia

Governor Terry R. McAuliffe on Wednesday announced that The Port of Virginia has signed a new, long-term lease for Virginia International Gateway (VIG) that clears the way for the port to begin work on doubling capacity at the deep-water container terminal. “This is an historic event for The Port of Virginia,” Gov. McAuliffe said. The new lease, which was negotiated during a two-year period, will give the port oversight of and operating rights at the terminal until 2065. Further…

14 Sep 2016

Virginia Port handles Record Volume

Chart showing record volume handled at Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia rewrote its record books once again, having handled 235,511 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in August, making it the single busiest month in the port’s history. In comparison with last August, TEU volumes are up 7 percent; rail units up 20 percent and truck volume up .4 percent; and volume at Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) is up 33 percent. Moreover, October marks the seventh consecutive month of TEU volumes exceeding 210,000 units. The peak-season cargo is moving and those volumes are putting the port on pace to exceed last year’s total of 2.5 million TEUs…

09 Sep 2016

Virginia Port Turns a Profit Again

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that The Port of Virginia’s preliminary unaudited reports for fiscal year 2016 indicate that it will post an annual operating income of $4.76 million, the second year in a row that the port completed its fiscal year with profitability. “The Port of Virginia’s performance is meeting and exceeding the expectations of my administration,” said Gov. McAuliffe. “This financial turnaround is proof that the port’s wise investments in capital projects and people…

01 Sep 2016

Virginia Port Refuses Inbound Hanjin Cargo

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Effective immediately, The Port of Virginia will not be accepting any inbound Hanjin cargo (freight for export) at any of the port’s marine or intermodal terminals. The port, however, will accept empty Hanjin containers at the PPCY. Further, the port is developing plans for how to handle Hanjin cargo that is already on-terminal. Those plans will be communicated to all port customers, users and stakeholders as soon as they have been finalized. This decision, said John F. Reinhart…

13 Jul 2016

Virginia Port throughput a Modest 2.57 Mi TEUs

Courtesy Port of Virginia

Driven by strong imports, The Port of Virginia handled 216,672 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in its strongest June cargo performance on record that helped to push the port to a solid finish for fiscal year 2016. “We finished fiscal year 2016 in positive territory, but our gains were very modest,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We forecast for muted container volumes and that was on-target. “This was the best June on record in terms of TEU volume, but were off in many categories when compared with last year,” Reinhart said.

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