The Port of Virginia’s® cargo operations remained fluid in March having dealt with greater than 314,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equal items), practically 47 p.c of which was loaded imports.
“When it comes to general quantity, this March ranks because the fourth most efficient month in our historical past,” mentioned Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and government director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We’re processing heavy volumes and doing so with fluidity, which continues to attract curiosity from ocean carriers and cargo house owners. This implies we’re holding our concentrate on these operational points that drive effectivity and assembly the wants of all port customers.”
March’s quantity was practically 13 p.c forward of March 2021, which is a rise of greater than 35,000 TEUs. Moreover, March’s volumes had been forward of each January and February , which had been 262,000 and 297,000 TEUs, respectively.
“We lately expanded our working hours and are always adjusting the operation to make sure effectivity, entry to cargo and repair supply,” Edwards mentioned. “The professionalism and dedication of everyone working at The Port of Virginia is clear in our productiveness and general flexibility. Your entire port workforce and our labor companions are acting at a really excessive stage.”
Edwards mentioned the port’s berth effectivity will improve with the addition of two new ship-to-shore cranes that had been delivered in late March to Norfolk Worldwide Terminals’ (NIT). The brand new cranes will go into service at NIT’s South Berth in late Could and provides the port 30 ship-to-shore cranes able to dealing with ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs): Virginia Worldwide Gateway has 12 cranes, NIT North has six and NIT South could have 12.
“Mix this new tools and the growth of NIT’s Central Rail Yard and its North Berth with our effort to create the one port on the US East Coast with channels deep sufficient and vast sufficient to deal with two-way motion ULCVs and we’ve the mandatory foundational elements to drive cargo progress right here for many years to come back,” Edwards mentioned. “It additionally signifies that, in parallel, we’ll be capable of present a good larger stage of effectivity, service, and care to all of our customers.”
Work on NIT’s Central Rail Yard is in its early stage; the work to dredge the Norfolk Harbor and business channels to a minimum of 55 toes deep and widen them in sure areas simply acquired the ultimate portion of federal funding; and the preliminary design work on the North Berth at NIT is underway. The mixed price of the initiatives is greater than $1 billion; completion dates for the initiatives are late 2023, late 2024 and late 2025, respectively.
Supply: Virginia Port Authority