The container volume handled by the Port of Virginia increased 5.2 percent year-over-year in April, to 169,644 20-foot equivalent units. The April volume was also almost 3,000 TEUs higher than the 166,719 TEUs that moved through the port in March.
For the year to date, the port’s volume increased 2.2 percent to 647,713 TEUs, compared to 633,919 TEUs in the same period last year.
The port’s breakbulk tonnage increased 2.7 percent in April to 33,867 tons from a year earlier. For the year to date breakbulk tonnage was128,254 tons, compared to 107,546 tons for the same period last year.
Total rail containers handled in April were 29,823, a 19.8 percent increase when compared with last April. The year-to-date rail containers total is 115,573 vs. 104,383 for the same period last year, an increase of 10.7 percent.
The number of containers moved between the Port of Richmond and Hampton Roads Harbor on the 64 Express barge service increased 27.7 percent in April; the month’s total was 755 containers. The year-to-date total for the barge service increased by 85.2 percent to 2,975 containers, compared to 1,601 containers handled during the same period in 2011.