Port of Virginia setting cargo marks, ready for 13,000-TEU containerships

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Port of Virginia setting cargo marks, ready for 13,000-TEU containerships

Already bringing record cargo volumes across its docks, The Port of Virginia is prepared to step activity up another notch this year with the handling of mega-vessels carrying 13,000 or more 20-foot-equivalent units of containers.

“We anticipate, with all these new networks and alliances, that the East Coast is going to see the 13,000-plus-TEU ships this year,” John F. Reinhart, the Virginia Port Authority’s chief executive officer and executive director, told the American Journal of Transportation. “We’re excited about the opportunity, because we can bring them in today.”

Thus far, the largest containership to call The Port of Virginia has had a 10,300-TEU capacity, with 10,000-TEU ships now being handled on a weekly basis, but Reinhart said VPA facilities are prepared to accommodate still-bigger vessels.

“We have the cranes that can do it; we have the water depth that can do it,” he said. “The thing is making sure that we have the facilities laid out to handle that surge in capacity.”

Expansion projects totaling more than $1 billion are moving forward to boost throughput capabilities at Virginia container terminals by 40 percent, or about 1 million TEUs a year, but those endeavors won’t be completed for a few more years…


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