The Port of Virginia is a growing, deep-draft container port capable of handling the biggest ships sailing the Atlantic Ocean. Its strategic location in the Mid-Atlantic puts it just one day’s drive from two-thirds of the nation’s population.
The port owns and operates a network of six container/general cargo terminals that enable it to handle a diverse mix of exports and imports. This modern port is composed of four deep-water marine terminals in the Norfolk Harbor and two inland terminals – one in Richmond and the other in Front Royal — that extend the port’s reach beyond the harbor.
All of the terminals are located near interstates and primary highways making for convenient access by truck. Both of the East’s Class 1 railroads provide on-dock, daily, double-stack rail service to important manufacturing and population centers throughout the nation’s Heartland.
With a focus on the future, the port is expanding its capabilities. A $700 million capacity expansion project is underway and when complete in 2020 it will increase the port’s annual throughput capacity by 40 percent, or 1 million containers. Further, the port is in the early stages of dredging its shipping channels 55-feet, and the completed work will result in the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast.
These assets combine to make The Port of Virginia a catalyst for commerce throughout the state. The port’s activity helps to support more than 530,000 jobs and generates more than $88 million in total, annual combined revenues.