The Port of Virginia last week said it is experiencing an influx of rail cargo at Norfolk International Terminals and APM Terminals in Portsmouth as a result of peak-season volume, as well as a surge in rail diversions as a result of congestion in other ports.
Daily rail spikes are pushing rail capacity and causing operational delays, according to the port. Labor is working “around the clock” at the rail operations and is doing “everything it can” within its capabilities to expedite cargo. A number of operational enhancements and directives have also been authorized by port management to create additional capacity and productivity.
The Port of New York and New Jersey has been struggling with cargo delays since June, when computer problems at Maher Terminals kicked off the disruptions. In late July, ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd urged its customers to divert their shipments away from the Port of New York and New Jersey. In a letter to its customers, the shipping line noted that rail cargo was being affected by the issues there, and it specifically recommended Norfolk as one of the options for shippers rerouting cargo.