Maritime News & Info

Port of VA Begins Expansion

Cranes have arrived at the Port of Virginia to begin a $695 million expansion project. A ship with the first of the rail-mounted gantry cranes arrived Friday at the port. The expansion will bring growth to the capacity that the port has room for cargo-containers. It also potentially means fewer delays for truck drivers picking up and delivering freight.

They’ll come if you build it

CEO John Reinhart told reporters back in 2015 that the port was struggling to keep up with demand. The size of the port could not handle the increased demands for business. As he told WAVY, the port suffered the opposite problem of the movie “The Field of Dreams,” in which a man builds a baseball field to attract players. “We’ve got the reverse. They’re coming and we haven’t built the field. We’ve got a lot of work to do, so we’ve just got to get it going” he said.

$1.5 Million Boost

The project has been aided by a $1.5 million investment from the Federal Highway Administration. The money has helped fund a state-of-the-art truck reservation system designed to help combat long wait times previously experienced by drivers. With too many trucks and too much freight, the port simply could not keep up. That’s all changing with the expansion. The improved infrastructure will hopefully eliminate the long waits and encourage productivity amongst all workers at the port.

While it is unlikely that the problems facing the port will disappear overnight, the expansion brings hope to many who depend on the facility to earn their living.

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