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:

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.
29 Jan 2015
Stakeholders in the Port of Virginia huddled last week for the second time in three months to hash out new strategies to tackle congestion outside port terminals.
28 Jan 2015
The Port of Virginia is battling congestion but at least is no longer being castigated by the state for lacklus
08 Jan 2015
The Port of Virginia handled a record 2.39 million twenty-foot-units of containers in 2014 while returning to profitable operation and working to bring congestion and delays under control.
NIT at Port of Virginia
06 Jan 2015
The Port of Virginia will delay the launch of a truck appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals until this spring.
18 Nov 2014
The Port of Virginia reported its seventh operating profit in eight months amid record volume in October, but CEO John F. Reinhart said more work is needed to reduce congestion and improve operations at terminals.
10 Nov 2014
Some shippers with sensitive cargo are diverting containers away from the U.S. West Coast to the port of Virginia, despite higher transportation costs, to avoid congestion and potential labor action.
28 Oct 2014
Celadon Trucking acquired A&S Services Group, a regional truckload carrier and port drayage operator with a
16 Oct 2014
The Port of Virginia’s container traffic exceeded the 200,000-TEU mark for the fifth month in a row in September, despite ongoing drayage congestion.
Ships at port
02 Oct 2014
Low ocean carrier rates are to blame for much of the congestion afflicting U.S. container ports, several ocean carriers and terminal operators said at a Federal MaritimeCommission hearing this week.
22 Sep 2014
Joseph P. Ruddy has been appointed chief innovation officer at the Port of Virginia, and Shawn Tibbets will succeed him as chief operations officer.