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:

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.
11 Mar 2015
The Port of Virginia blamed a 1 percent year-over-year decrease in container traffic in February on severe winter weather and warned it was still grappling with cold and icy conditions that have brought down productivity.
05 Mar 2015
The Port of Virginia closed its port in Richmond after unexpected snowfall hit the James River facility Thursday afternoon.
05 Mar 2015
Virginia’s Norfolk International Terminals remained closed Thursday to all export rail containers, as the port continues to cope with backlogged rail volume at the facility.
04 Mar 2015
The Port of Virginia said Wednesday that a hold is still in place on all export intermodal rail traffic at its Norfolk International Terminals as the port continues to cope with significant rail volume at the facility.
26 Feb 2015
The Port of Virginia closed its Hampton Roads terminals Thursday after a winter storm dumped as many as nine inches of snow in some corners of the southeastern corner of the state.
11 Feb 2015
The Port of Virginia last month posted its highest January container volume, handling 191,996 loaded and empty 20-foot-equivalent units, a 15 percent year-over-year increase.
11 Feb 2015
When U.S. West Coast port congestion clears, there are increasing signs that shippers’ frustrations with shipment delays of weeks will spur them to permanently re-route freight through the East Coast, much like they did in 2002 following a 10-day marine terminal lockout.
11 Feb 2015
The Port of Virginia has begun posting weekly statistics for truck turn times and container dwell times at its terminals, something drayage operators have been clamoring for at other U.S. ports.
05 Feb 2015
Trucks entering Virginia’s Norfolk International Terminals will face new restrictions next month on when they can pull in with export-bound containers, a spokesman for the Virginia Port Authority has confirmed.
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