Port of Virginia sets new fiscal year volume record, processes more than 3M TEUs in FY21

The Port of Virginia® set a new June cargo volume record having handled more than 281,000 TEUs, which is an increase of nearly 71,000 units yearover-year. June was the tenth

consecutive month of record- breaking volumes for the port and helped push its total TEU volume for FY21 to a record- breaking 3.2 million units. The port’s FY21 TEU volume

increased 16.8% and 9.6%, respectively, when compared with FY20 and FY19 (the port’s previous best fiscal-year performance). The port’s fiscal year runs begins July 1 and runs through June 30. “The colleagues and partners

of The Port of Virginia rose to the challenge,” said Stephen A. Edwards, the port’s CEO and executive director. “For

much of the fiscal year, we were handling record volumes under COVID-restricted conditions, and we did so safely, swiſtly, and sustainably. We consistently handled record- breaking volumes at industry- leading performance levels.” Though the lingering effects

of the pandemic on trade slowed cargo volumes in the first two months of FY21 (July - August), the balance of the year held a number of record- setting performances and world class efficiency at the port’s terminals. The port’s total turn-times for motor carriers and dwelltime for import rail cargo was better than industry standards, there were no workdays lost to the pandemic and the port continued to add new, modern cargo handling equipment to its operations.

DHL extends its Accelerated Digitalization strategy

DHL Supply Chain announces a framework agreement expanding its collaboration with Locus Robotics. Initial investments in assisted picking robots have proven effective in commercially scaled operations, and this

multi-million dollar

agreement will enhance DHL’s wider Accelerated Digitalization Strategy. By 2022, the supply chain specialist plans to take on up to 2,000 robots, then being by far the largest customer of Locus Robotics worldwide. The assisted picking robots are mostly used in e-commerce or consumer warehouses to help with picking and inventory replenishment,


increasing efficiency and accelerating delivery processes. “It is particularly important

for us to be able to consistently optimize our supply chains

- assisted picking robots are very effective in this respect,” said Markus Voss, Global CIO & COO DHL Supply Chain. “So far, more than 500 assisted picking robots are already in industrial use in our warehouses in the US, Europe and the UK. By the end of 2021, another 500 robots are to be added in a total of more than 20 locations. The collaborative picking technology has clearly proven its effectiveness and reliability in modern warehousing.” More locations have already

been identified with concrete implementation roadmaps for the remaining robots, which DHL will deploy in 2022. “However, the overall

potential for assisted picking robots in our warehouses is much bigger, so we are confident that we will meet the targets we have set ourselves together with Locus Robotics,” he said.

The fiscal year’s record

cargo volume was driven primarily by an increase in loaded imports,

followed by

growth of empty export boxes. In FY21 the port worked 1,538 vessels, which is 100 more

vessels than in FY20. Among the ships handled in FY21 was the 16,000-plus TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo, the largest vessel to call the US East Coast. The port serviced 133 ship calls in June, an increase of 27 calls versus June 2020. June’s rail volume of 51,442

containers was driven by an increase in rail import containers and is an increase of 31.8% and 6.8%, respectively, when compared with June

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2020 and June 2019. The Port of Virginia maintained its position as the US East Coast’s leading rail port having moved 33 percent of its total cargo volume, or nearly 582,000 containers by rail in FY21. Truck volume remained

strong, up 33.4% (+24,754 containers) vs June 2020 and up 15% (+147,195 containers) when compared with FY20. June barge volume was 6,611 containers, an increase of

15% (+2,159

7 containers) vs

June 2020 and was 68,526 containers for FY 21, a 16% increase (+9,439) vs FY20. “We expect to see strong

volumes as we head deeper into the summer and the beginning of peak season,” Edwards said. “We’re going to keep working our plan of adding assets and, if necessary, hours to the operation, to ensure cargo flow and accommodate the cargo owners.”


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