Virginia container volumes increase 4.6pc in April to 225,196 TEU


PORT of Virginia terminals handled 225,196 TEU in April 2017, a 4.6 per cent year on year increase, according to the Virginia Ports Authority. 

The port authority said loaded export containers were up four per cent and loaded import containers up 9.4 per cent from April 2016.

The throughput numbers come just a few days after the 13,092-TEU Cosco Development, the largest ship to transit the newly-expanded Panama Canal called at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Portsmouth. 

"Our volumes remain steady and we are on track to surpass the number we handled in fiscal year 2016; through April we are up nearly seven per cent," said Virginia Port Authority CEO John Reinhart.

"The new alliance networks went live April 1, and Virginia is the top east coast port for deployed capacity for Asia-US east coast alliance services," he said. 

"The big ships are coming to Virginia and bringing corresponding amounts of cargo - and we are on the edge of peak season. Those realities coupled with our expansion projects, are resulting in a very active spring at The Port of Virginia," Mr Reinhart said.

Source: Schednet

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