March teu volumes increase;
In March the Port of Virginia posted its busiest month of 2006 having handled 172,121 teus, an increase of 9.8% over the same month last year; the March totals were 172,121 teus, and 46,409 tons of breakbulk cargo.
For the first quarter, the port’s teu total and breakbulk tonnage surpassed last year’s marks; the teu count is up 9.7% and the breakbulk tonnage is up 12.3% when compared with the first quarter of 2005. The first quarter totals are: 504,069 teus and 135,181 tons of breakbulk cargo.
In March, the port’s Midwest rail volume was 21,551 containers and for the first quarter the rail volume was 61,245 containers. The first quarter rail numbers were 3.5% ahead of the 2005 mark.
First quarter 2006 highlights
- In the first quarter, the port had 572 ship calls in an 11.9% increase over the same quarter last year.
- Norfolk International Terminals’ teu throughput is up 13.3% this quarter when compared with the same quarter last year.
- Portsmouth Marine Terminal was up 19.5% in March and 13.9% for the first quarter when compared with the same quarter last year.
- Newport News Marine Terminal has had a strong quarter for breakbulk, up 15.8% over the same quarter last year.