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Issue 8 2019 - FBJNA


sustainability in


near-


and long-term, VPA officials are


diversify


the port’s cargo mix. “This strategy will serve as a hedge during challenging trade environments,” Harris says. In that effort, VPA is


leveraging its two, dedicated multi-use terminals -- Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and Virginia International Gateway (VIG). Both are well-


suited for heavy-liſt, project,


breakbulk and ro-ro cargo. The expansion at NIT is progressing according to schedule. With the completion of phase II in mid- September, there are now 15 new stacks served by 30 new RMGs in service. Work on phase IV of the stack yard expansion began Sept. 1. “The combined $700 million


improvements we are making at NIT and VIG will help to drive trade with all markets,”


Harris adds. “We are leveraging technology in all phases of the operation and the data we are


collecting – which is available to the public each week -- shows our investment is driving


///EAST COAST PORTS


Ports America Chesapeake Seagirt Terminal, Port of Baltimore. (MPA photo.)


efficiency: containers are moving on-and-off ships, double- stack rail cars, trucks and barges with greater efficiency that ever before.” One area in which VPA is


focusing on is the success of its reservation system for motor carriers. “We are seeing sub-40-minute


expanded turn times at both NIT and VIG,” Harris reports. In addition, VPA is focusing


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efforts on military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) cargo as well as marketing the port as a load and logistics center for the Mid- Atlantic’s growing offshore wind energy industry. Investments are also being made in transload operations at two facilities to attract new commodities and provide customers with increased speed to market. Of equal importance to VPA


is the fact that the port is the East Coast’s leading exporter of vegetables. “We have recently completed the USDA’s in-transit cold treatment certification program and are in the midst of significant investment aimed at increasing our capacity to handle refrigerated cargo,” Harris says. “This expanded capacity will help us grow our share of the imported fruit market as well as other types of refrigerated cargo.” Combined, VPA officials


believe that these projects will help position this port as a premier East Coast global gateway for international trade for decades to come. “Finally, we are preparing to


take another step forward in the evolution of this port as we begin work (Jan. 2020) on the first phase of Wider, Deeper, Safer, that when complete will make Virginia home to the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast.”


NC Ports


North Carolina’s digging its Tar Heels into what Bethany Welch, Senior Manager for Communications & Business Outreach at NC Ports, calls a “magnitude of opportunities at both the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City.” Most recently, NC Ports


showed off a $14 million project expected to more than triple the Port of Wilmington’s refrigerated container capacity from 300 to 1,000 when the expansion opens in early 2020. As part of the Wilmington


port’s overall $200 million capital improvement plan, expansion of the container yard is projected to double annual throughput capacity to about 1.2 million TEUs. In July, WilmingtonBiz


reported that, two months before, “The port received its third and final neo-Panamax crane.” Also, in April,


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A close look at rubber-tire gantry work stack containers Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. (Photo by Stephen B. Morton.)


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