The Port of Virginia has completed the first stage of its US$375 million expansion after the Norfolk International Terminals’ (NIT) 12 new container stacks 24 rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes were put into action.
According to a statement, the project, which is meant to turn Virginia into the main container shipping port on the US east coast, commenced in January 2018 and is due to be completed by June 2020.
The port’s overall expansion will cost $700 million, the centerpiece of which will be the construction of 30 semi-automated container stacks at the South NIT, which will be served by 60 new RMGs.
Once finished, it will increase the NIT’s annual throughput capacity by approximately 46% to 1.25 million TEUs.
John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Ports Authority, said: “A little more than a year ago an area the size of 30 football fields was cleared and today we’re processing thousands of containers through that same space.
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“We are forty-percent of the way through construction and are seeing good flow at the gates and are maintaining a strong, customer-focused effort during construction.”
PTI reported in February 2019 that Virginia’s expansion was well under way when the Virginia International Gateway (VIG), another terminal at the port completed the first of three container stack-yard installations.
“This milestone comes on the heels of our announcement in February that we have completed the stack-yard work at Virginia International Gateway,” Reinhart continued.
“That project brought 13 new container stacks into service and gives us the capability to process 1.2 million lifts a year at VIG.
“The $700 million investment being made in The Port of Virginia puts it in the best position to become the US East Coast’s premier port and a major hub for ultra-large container vessels.”