Virginia Terminal nears completion as stack yard becomes operational
Virginia International Gateway (VIG), at Portsmouth, has completed its container stack yard as it prepares to complete overall expansion, reports London's Port Technology International
Virginia International Gateway (VIG), at Portsmouth, has completed its container stack yard as it prepares to complete overall expansion, reports London's Port Technology International.
'This new capacity is quickly being integrated into the operation and the Port of Virginia is beginning to see positive results,' said Virginia Port Authority CEO John Reinhart.
'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,' he said.
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 (Rags).
Fifteen 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, said the report.
The expanded stack yard will be combined with four new ship-to-shore cranes, 800 additional feet of berth space, and four new lanes at the truck gate, as well as a new terminal operating system (TOS).