Virginia Terminal Expansion Nears Completion


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.



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).



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.”

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