In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, one employee at the Port of Virginia found to be infected by the disease. According to the port authorities, after the positive test of the employee, the port’s area had been carefully sanitized with the aid of a specialist contractor.
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced an agreement for Ørsted to lease a portion of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal for offshore wind staging materials and equipment. If fully executed, the lease will run through at least 2026, during which time Ørsted plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the US.
The attempt to make the Port of Virginia the deepest port on the US East Coast begins in January 2020, after the finalization this week of a contract with an international dredging company that will take on the project’s initial phase.
The Port of Virginia accomplished a record of handling 2.9 million TEUs for 2019 fiscal year mostly because of increased imports. The TEUs increased by 4% in comparison to the last fiscal year. The FY closed on June 30, when the port handled 239,329 TEUs, which is an increase of about 7%, when compared to the previous June. Also, the volumes for Q4 2019 are rising ahead of the arrival of peak cargo season.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced the completion of the Port of Virginia’s $320 million expansion at the Virginia International Gateway container terminal. The completion of this project is a significant milestone as the Port works to enhance cargo and container capacity at its two major terminals, with a total goal of increasing capacity by 40%.
Port of Virginia reported that in May the port handled almost 261,000 TEUs, making May the busiest month in the port’s history. The month’s strong cargo volumes were a follow-up to the best April in the port’s history, when nearly 246,000 TEUs were processed.
SEA\LNG has announced that the Port of Virginia has become the first port in the US to join the multi-sector industry coalition, which aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. The Port of Virginia is the second North American port alongside the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and the fifth global port along with the Port of Rotterdam, MPA Singapore, and Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Authority, to join the coalition.
The Port of Virginia, on the east US, handled a total of 245,933 TEUs in April, marking the busiest April in the port’s history. The strong cargo performance was driven by an increase of more than 22% in loaded import containers, which led to increase in truck, rail and barge volumes.
The Port of Virginia is still reporting near-peak season cargo volumes, due to the completion of all 13 new container stacks at Virginia International Gateway. This project brought the total number of stacks at the terminal to 28. It was the best February in the port’s history with 228,151 TEUs, or 127,596 containers, compared to last year.
The Port of Virginia announced the successful completion of the US Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program. This program will enable importers of perishables from South American countries to move their cargo across the Port. With cold treatment, perishable fruit imports have their pulp brought to a certain temperature for a period of time, in order to comply with USDA quarantine requirements.
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