Port of Virginia

Port of Virginia

Established in 1952, the Virginia Port Authority owns and is responsible for the operations of the Port of Virginia — three marine terminals: Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal and Newport News Marine Terminal, as well as the Virginia Inland Port, an inland intermodal facility located in Front Royal. Subsidiary Virginia International Terminals was incorporated in 1981 to operate the terminals owned by VPA.

Virginia’s ports came in No. 6 in JOC’s ranking of the Top 25 North American container ports for 2012, with a market share of 4.3 percent, as they benefited from double-digit growth in container volumes. The Port of Virginia hopes to benefit from its ability to handle post-Panamax vessels — one of just two ports on the U.S. East Coast that can do so at present.

VPA and VIT are in the midst of a restructuring after the VPA’s board of commissioners rejected proposals to privatize operations at its container terminals. Development is also continuing apace, with a new container terminal at Craney Island, near Portsmouth, under construction.

In a recent video, JOC Associate Editor Mark Szakonyi discusses what the Port of Virginia is doing to enhance its competitive position:

24 Jul 2015
State and federal officials in Virginia broke ground on two major projects this week aimed at relieving congestion at the state port after delays hit near-unprecedented levels earlier this year.
01 Jul 2015
The Port of Virginia’s two main container terminals will operate on Sunday, a day after they are closed on Saturday for the July 4 holiday.
16 Jun 2015
The Port of Virginia and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have signed an agreement to share the cost to study the feasibility of deepening Hampton Roads port channels to as much as 55 feet.
12 Jun 2015
Just two months after the Port of Virginia’s container volumes broke their all-time high, they did it again — the latest sign that cargo diversions from a still-recovering U.S. West Coast may have more staying power than originally imagined.
MSC container ship in Long Beach, a biggie
18 May 2015
The delivering system for moving containers from mega-ships operated by carrier alliances to cargo interests and truckers is antiquated and must change immediately if ports are to conquer their congestion problems, according to John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
14 May 2015
The Port of Virginia is falling short. Record volumes and a return to profit in the past year have been matched with near-unprecedented congestion and user dissatisfaction, Port Director and CEO John Reinhart said Thursday.
14 May 2015
While besuited port industry executives milled about hotel ballrooms at the Virginia International Trade Symposium Thursday, truck-driving men and women in shirtsleeves marched in protest on the streets outside.
Port of Virginia's Capozzi at TPM 2015.
28 Apr 2015
With existing deep water and infrastructure receiving further investment, The Port of Virginia is ahead of many ports in its readiness to handle larger vessels, notes Chief Sales Officer Tom Capozzi. At TPM 2015 he spoke to JOC about increased traffic to the East Coast, Suez services, truck congestion and plans for attracting new cargo groups.
27 Apr 2015
The Port of Virginia’s efforts to curb congestion took a literal hit Sunday morning after a barge struck a rail bridge, forcing Norfolk Southern Railway to delay five intermodal services and end two.
17 Apr 2015
The Port of Virginia plans in June to start pilot testing of a trucker appointment system it hopes to eventually implement port-wide.
14 Apr 2015
It is not just diversions from the West Coast that has ports along the Eastern Seaboard struggling to handle heavy volumes. It’s also an extremely robust westbound trans-Atlantic market fueled by the higher U.S. dollar and recovering U.S. economy.
13 Apr 2015
The Port of Virginia reported March volume of 229,410 20-foot-equivalent units — an increase of 16 percent year-over-year, and a port monthly record — but the increased volume has strained operations at Hampton Roads terminals.