Moving Cargo is what we do here in the mid-Atlantic – By Sea, Rail, Highway & Now Outer Space!
Our Port is the Deepest and more! Over 95% of the world’s shipping lines call on the Port of Hampton Roads, linking Virginia to almost 400 ports in more than 100 countries worldwide. Hampton Roads is home to the 3rd largest port on the East Coast and the only port positioned for continuous expansion.
- 50 ft. channels – the deepest on the U.S. East Coast
- No obstructions between port and sea
- The Port of Virginia is the only port on the U.S. East Coast that can handle the world’s largest container ship today!
- Gold Seal of Approval - Maersk, the world’s largest shipline, privately funded the $500 million construction of a new 300-acre terminal in Portsmouth, VA.
- The Heartland Corridor – This engineering wonder of the decade began service in the Summer of 2010. Efficient intermodal rail service between the Port of Virginia and the inland points in the Midwest such as Columbus, Ohio and Chicago.
- First port on the US East Coast certified by ISO 14001
- The Port of Virginia is home to the largest and fastest container cranes in the World.
- Container traffic continues to trend upwards, handling 1,373,138 units in 2014, a 7.7% increase from 2013. Additional Port statistics are available in their 2014 Trade Overview.
Future Benefits of Forthcoming Panama Canal Expansion
- Currently, Panamax vessels (up to 4,500 TEUs) are the largest vessels that can transit the Panama Canal.
- The Panama Canal Expansion Project is nearing completion, with over 90% completed as of June 2015. When open it will allow larger vessels (up to 13,000 TEUs) to transit.
- The Port of Virginia is the only Port on the U.S. East Coast that can handle the new Post-Panamax vessels.
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Port of Virginia
Regional Shipbuilders & Technology The Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center works with related industries and educational facilities to create technologies for aircraft carrier and advanced shipbuilding. In addition, many technologies are born here such as Bioelectrics which utilizes laser engineering in its study of aquatic microorganisms in ballast water. Our Shipbuilders include:
- Newport News Shipbuilding (Huntington Ingalls Industries)
- BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair
- Colonna’s Shipyard
- General Dynamics NASSCO - Earl Industries
- MHI Ship Repair and Services
- Lyon Shipyard Inc.
- Norfolk Naval Shipyard
RAIL AND TRUCKING
Intermodal Connections Containers moving over The Port of Virginia in 2014 were transported to/from other markets using:
- Barge 4%
- Rail 33%
- Truck 63% - over 150 local and national motor freight carriers
Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) Rail Division supports both passenger and freight rail in Virginia through funding and advocacy for rail improvements, industrial access and preservation projects. In 2005, the first source of dedicated funding for freight and passenger rail improvements in Virginia history was established through the Rail Enhancement Fund. This Fund is complementary to DRPT’s other rail funds: Rail Industrial Access and Rail Preservation. The Rail Division has four areas of activity: Passenger Rail Operations, Freight Rail Operations, Planning and Special Projects.
Warehousing Trucks make more than 4,000 trips in and out of the Port’s three terminals every day. Norfolk has over 450 warehouse buildings totaling more than 17.5 million square feet and approximately 750 industrial buildings delivering over 23.7 million square feet of space. All of our warehouse and industrial spaces are in close proximity to the port. The region hosts one of the country’s largest geographic foreign trade zones (FTZs) with 15 sites and 3 subzones.
Approximately 56 million pounds of air cargo are presently shipped in and out of Norfolk International Airport annually. Two ultramodern Air Cargo Terminals provide users with a total of 88,000 square feet of space. Cargo carriers include Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and Mountain Air Cargo.
MARS: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, in partnership with NASA, offers a "one stop shopping" place for low cost, safe, reliable, user friendly space launch facilities and services for commercial, government and scientific/academic users, both foreign and domestic. MARS' mission is to develop and operate a multi user spaceport at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility which provides low cost, safe, reliable, "schedule friendly" space access to commercial, government, and academic users. In partnership with:
- Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority
- Virginia Economic Development Partnership
- Old Dominion University
- Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology
- Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Partnership
- Virginia Department of Transportation
- VDOT Traffic Counts
- Port of Virginia
- Norfolk International Airport
- Norfolk Southern
- Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
- Hampton Roads Transit
- The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
- Newport-News Williamsburg International Airport
- Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center
- Craney Island Eastward Expansion
- Virginia Maritime Association
- Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
- VEDP's VALET Program - Virginia Leaders in Export Trade
- Panama Canal Expansion