Virginia International Gateway (VIG), a container terminal at the Port of Virginia, has announced the completion of container stack-yard work as it prepares to complete an overall expansion project.
“Container Stack No.1” has begun operating at VIG, leaving only two projects to be completed before the US$320 million initiative ends in June 2019.
VIG now has 13 additional container stacks in operation at the terminal, all of which are served by two new rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs).
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15 existing stacks are also scheduled to be refurbished before the end of the year, with two already complete and three more underway.
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The expansion of VIG has doubled its annual throughput capacity to 1.2 million TEU a year, and the terminal plans to handle the subsequent growth in container volume with a series a new cargo handling machines and facilities.
According to a statement, the expanded stack-yard will be combined with four new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, 800 additional feet of berth space, and four new lanes at the truck gate, as well as a new terminal operating system (TOS).
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In addition to this, VIG will now be able to take advantage of a completely reconfigured on-dock rail yard, with nearly 20,000 feet of track served by four cantilever RMGs.
John F. Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, commented: “This new capacity is quickly being integrated into the operation and The Port of Virginia is beginning to see positive results.
“Our turn-times for motor carriers are improving, there is better flow at our gates and our service levels are trending in the right direction. We are on-budget, on-time and with the end clearly in sight, we are already seeing the benefits.”
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The expansion of VIG is one of two large-scale projects that will increase the port’s overall annual container capacity by 40%, enabling Virginia to handle 1 million TEU every year.
Reinhart added: “The ongoing investment in The Port of Virginia puts it in the best position to become the US East Coast’s premiere port: a true gateway to world trade and a catalyst for commerce in Virginia.”