Port of Virginia

Port of Virginia

Port of Virginia

Established in 1952, the Virginia Port Authority owns and operates the Port of Virginia, comprising 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. A subsidiary, Virginia International Terminals was incorporated in 1981 to operate the terminals owned by VPA.

Its deepwater harbor, the deepest on the US East Coast, shelters the world’s largest naval base; a robust shipbuilding and repair industry; a thriving export coal trade and the sixth largest containerized cargo complex in the United States. The port offers 50-foot channels, inbound and outbound, and is the only US East Coast port with Congressional authorization to dredge to 55 feet.

Nearly 30 international shipping lines offer direct, dedicated service to and from Virginia, with connections to more than 200 countries around the world. In an average week, dozens of international container ships; breakbulk, and roll-on/roll-off vessels are serviced at its marine terminals.

Two Class I railroads, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern, serve the Port via on-dock intermodal container transfer facilities at Virginia International Gateway and Norfolk International Terminals. The service is augmented by short line rail partners, including the Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line and the Commonwealth Railway.

14 Oct 2022
Norfolk Southern is adding a containerized grain export service from Ohio to the Port of New York and New Jersey as the Midwest harvest season looms and shippers seek alternative routings.
20 Apr 2016
The business agent-financial secretary for an International Longshoremen’s Association local at the Port of Virginia resigned, and will be removed from other positions, after an audit revealed funds were used for non-union purposes, a top officer said.
14 Apr 2016
The Port of Virginia set a new record in March for the amount of rail cargo handled in a month, despite a decline in overall containerized volume in the month.
06 Apr 2016
The Virginia Port Authority has said that to comply with the SOLAS container weight rule it won’t accept containers without a verified gross mass declaration, joining the 13 terminals at the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex in not offering weighing services to shippers.
11 Mar 2016
After a flat January, container volume surged by double digits at the Port of Virginia in February, partly thanks to favorable comparisons to last year.
16 Feb 2016
Container volume at the Port of Virginia was flat in January, rising 0.4 percent year-over-year although its little sister Richmond Marine Terminal on the Charles River posted its best January in history, growing 45 percent year-over-year with 1,295 twenty-foot-equivalent units.
02 Feb 2016
The Port of Virginia Monday signed a 40-year lease with the City of Richmond to operate the Richmond Marine Terminal and unveiled new capacity and productivity boosting measures for the river port.
22 Jan 2016
After near-unprecedented congestion rocked the Port of Virginia in 2015, the 50-foot-deep port says it’s ready to handle brisk volume growth coming via the larger vessels soon to move through the expanded Panama Canal — and do so efficiently.
13 Jan 2016
The Port of Virginia’s container volume topped 2.5 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first time as its terminals posted a 6.5 percent increase in TEUs during 2015, despite a decline in December volume.
10 Dec 2015
Though a muted peak season drew down cargo volumes last month, the Port of Virginia remains on track to complete a record-setting 2015, according to officials.
03 Dec 2015
The Port of Virginia’s chassis pool will implement a new system allowing beneficial cargo owners to be billed directly for chassis fees, and taking truckers and ocean carriers out of the middle of the billing process.
Russell Held at JOC Inland 2015
22 Nov 2015
Port of Virginia's Russell Held on its short-haul inland network, rail connections and the Panama Canal expansion.
12 Nov 2015
The Port of Virginia handled 233,466 twenty-foot-equivalent units of full and empty containers in October, making it the port’s single busiest month ever and the eighth straight with volume above 200,000 TEUs.
Port of Virginia
14 Oct 2015
21 Sep 2015
The Virginia Port Authority will continue to operate the Port of Richmond after the city awarded the VPA a 40-year concession of the inland port on the James River.
18 Sep 2015
In a move that will be temporarily disruptive but is aimed at addressing the port's truck bottleneck, the Port of Virginia will close a chassis yard next week
South Carolina inland port at Greer
16 Sep 2015
astman Chemical is avoiding hundreds of 300-mile round truck trips a month to the Port of Charleston by loading them at the inland port in Greer, South Carolina.
trucks line up at gates at Oakland port
25 Aug 2015
The Port of Oakland’s announcement last week that it intends to open its terminal gates an extra day each week demonstrates two hard, cold facts about U.S. port operations in this era of big ships. The traditional menu of five weekday gates each week is no longer adequate to handle today’s cargo volumes, but extra gates cost money, and someone — often the shipper — has to pick up the tab.
25 Aug 2015
The Port of Virginia has deployed three hybrid shuttle carriers — the first of their kind in the U.S. — at its Virginia International Gateway terminal.
17 Aug 2015
Port of Virginia shippers have longer to drop off and pick up cargo after the state port authority announced extended gate hours in preparation for peak season this year. It’s a preemptive strike for the U.S. Southeast port that faced “significant challenges” during the summer-fall season in 2014.
15 Aug 2015
Having just experienced its busiest July ever, the Virginia International Gateway Saturday closed its gates to truckers because of a power outage. However, vessel and yard activity will continue normally, the port authority announced.
13 Aug 2015
Port of Virginia CEO John F. Reinhart said high volumes are expected through the summer-fall peak season after July traffic rose 8.8 percent year-over-year.
05 Aug 2015
Eight ports on the U.S. East Coast made substantial gains in import market share in the first six months of 2015. A booming import market, West Coast diversions tied to the recent labor crisis, and port investments helped East and Gulf Coast ports edge out all but one of their West Coast counterparts.
24 Jul 2015
State and federal officials in Virginia broke ground on two major projects this week aimed at relieving congestion at the state port after delays hit near-unprecedented levels earlier this year.
01 Jul 2015
The Port of Virginia’s two main container terminals will operate on Sunday, a day after they are closed on Saturday for the July 4 holiday.
16 Jun 2015
The Port of Virginia and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have signed an agreement to share the cost to study the feasibility of deepening Hampton Roads port channels to as much as 55 feet.
12 Jun 2015
Just two months after the Port of Virginia’s container volumes broke their all-time high, they did it again — the latest sign that cargo diversions from a still-recovering U.S. West Coast may have more staying power than originally imagined.
MSC container ship in Long Beach, a biggie
18 May 2015
The delivering system for moving containers from mega-ships operated by carrier alliances to cargo interests and truckers is antiquated and must change immediately if ports are to conquer their congestion problems, according to John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
14 May 2015
The Port of Virginia is falling short. Record volumes and a return to profit in the past year have been matched with near-unprecedented congestion and user dissatisfaction, Port Director and CEO John Reinhart said Thursday.
14 May 2015
While besuited port industry executives milled about hotel ballrooms at the Virginia International Trade Symposium Thursday, truck-driving men and women in shirtsleeves marched in protest on the streets outside.
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.
27 Apr 2015
The Port of Virginia’s efforts to curb congestion took a literal hit Sunday morning after a barge struck a rail bridge, forcing Norfolk Southern Railway to delay five intermodal services and end two.
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.
14 Apr 2015
It is not just diversions from the West Coast that has ports along the Eastern Seaboard struggling to handle heavy volumes. It’s also an extremely robust westbound trans-Atlantic market fueled by the higher U.S. dollar and recovering U.S. economy.
13 Apr 2015
The Port of Virginia reported March volume of 229,410 20-foot-equivalent units — an increase of 16 percent year-over-year, and a port monthly record — but the increased volume has strained operations at Hampton Roads terminals.
10 Apr 2015
The Port of Virginia is rolling out even more equipment and continuing construction on a new cargo yard in an effort to relieve a now seven-week-long container backlog on the waterfront.