For the third year in a row, the Port of Virginia moved a record volume of container cargo, handling almost 2.55 million TEUs. The port also hit new highs for truck and rail container volume, total containers and general cargo tonnage throughput at both the Virginia Inland Port and Richmond Marine Terminal.
As reported in Transport Topics, the CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, John Reinhart, attributed this success to the port's efficiency and accountability to its users, customers, and stakeholders. He also indicated in the port's press release that the port will focus on continuing to build infrastructure and to emphasize growth to maintain a sustainable business. The port's future will include adding capacity and cargo conveyance equipment plus a greater use of technology and strategic planning.
The Port of Virginia claims the deepest harbor on the US East Coast and includes the world's largest naval base, numerous shipbuilding and repair operations, export coal trade activity, and the sixth largest containerized cargo complex in the US. Its 50 foot inbound and outbound channels are authorized by Congress to be dredged to 55 feet and can handle the new larger container ships. Thirty international shipping lines operate at the port. Two Class I railroad lines serve the port.
By the numbers, the Port of Virginia has 6 terminals, is spread over 1,864 acres, has 19,885 linear feet of berth space, 22 Suez-class ship-to-shore cranes, 30 miles of on-dock rail and, currently, 50 foot depths; the port is located only 2.5 hours to open sea. The complex includes: Newport News Marine Terminal, three Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Virginia Inland Port, Virginia International Gateway, Richmond Marine Terminal, and Craney Island.