Some Frequently Asked Questions of The Port of Virgina
Q) What were the TEU (container) throughput figures for 2005 & 2004?
Q) What is the expected container throughput for 2006?
Q) What are the scheduled port/terminal investments including construction/improvements projects for the smooth running of the Port?
In 2008, work will begin on expanding the wharf at NIT's north berth. The $67 million project will add 900 feet to the existing wharf and 19 acres of land will be reclaimed for a container yard served by a straddle carrier operation.
At Portsmouth Marine Terminal an "e-gate" for truckers entering that terminal is being tested. The unmanned gate will allow drivers to use a special card with identification information to enter PMT. The card's information will be sent via radio transmitter to a control booth staffed by port police officers. The driver's information will be instantaneously checked against the port's database of 14,000 ID cardholders.
Q) What is the status of our dredging projects?
Additionally, APM Terminals is within 18 months of opening the first phase of its U.S. East Coast Hub in Portsmouth. When complete in 2009, the 560-acre terminal will have a throughput capacity of more than 2 million TEUs.
Finally, the Virginia Port Authority is working to assist the Norfolk Southern Corp. in development of the Heartland Corridor. The Heartland Corridor is a NS Corp. project that will clear a direct route for double-tack trains to Columbus, Ohio, a large transit point for cargo going into the nation's heartland. When complete, the Heartland Corridor will save rail users one-and-a half days of travel time between Columbus and The Port of Virginia. All VPA-owned terminals and the APM facility will be users of the Heartland Corridor, which is scheduled for completion in 2010.
The Port of Virginia is home to the deepest, ice-free harbor on the U.S East Coast. There are no overhead obstructions and no plans to build any. The port is linked to the Midwest by the Norfolk Southern railroad and those rail connections will become even more efficient when the Heartland Corridor comes on line.