The Virginia Port Authority reopened Portsmouth Marine Terminal for the first time in nearly two years to handle an overflow of automobiles that would normally be handled at Newport News Marine Terminal, a separate VPA-owned facility.
The Newport News terminal is operating at capacity with more than 5,500 cars on site because vehicles bound for the Port of New York-New Jersey were diverted there after Hurricane Sandy.
Car carriers called Portsmouth on Nov. 18 and 19 to discharge more than 1,000 Nissan and Infiniti automobiles. Another car carrier also might call this week. The port is expected to handle an extra 1,700 cars by the end of November.
Rodney W. Oliver, VPA’s interim executive director, estimates the VPA will need PMT for about a month until the cars are delivered by truck to dealers in the mid-Atlantic during the first two weeks of December.