The 16,000-TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo, contributed significantly to the record, being the largest containership to ever call the Port of Virginia and the US east coast.
'The biggest vessel to ever call the Port of Virginia, multiple ultra-large container vessels on berth and working simultaneously and record volume in May: these are important milestones because they clearly demonstrate the capabilities of this port and the teaming running it,' said Virginia Port Authority CEO Stephen Edwards.
'What is most important is to look at how we processed this volume at the berth, truck gates, and rail ramps. Our overall performance metrics reflect an operation that is performing well for customers and the cargo owners. We're processing month-on-month record volumes with a very high level of efficiency,' said Mr Edwards.
In March, April, and May combined, the port processed more than 301,000 gate moves and nearly 172,000 rail containers.
'The strong volumes are continuing into June and from there we will see peak season begin, so we are not expecting a significant slow-down in the near term. We're going to keep adding assets and, if necessary, hours to the operation, to ensure cargo flow and accommodate the cargo owners,' said Mr Edwards.