12 of 30 new ASC stacks at Virginia’s Norfolk International Terminal are now online.
The Port of Virginia continues to make rapid progress as it converts the South area at Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) from a straddle carrier direct to an ASC yard system. Phase I of the project is now complete, with the first 12 of 30 ASC stacks, each of which will have two ASCs, now online.
This month Virginia will commission ten new “shuttle trucks” (low-height straddle carriers, or shuttle carriers), before Phase II construction work begins in May. In July six more ASC stacks are scheduled to be completed, with the remaining 12 stacks coming online over February to June 2020.
“A little more than a year ago an area the size of 30 football fields was cleared and today we’re processing thousands of containers through that same space,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We are forty-percent of the way through construction and are seeing good flow at the gates and are maintaining a strong, customer-focused effort during construction.”
The NIT expansion is a US$375M project that will expand the terminal’s annual throughput capacity by 400,000 container units (not TEU), going from 850,000 to 1.25 million container units; a 46 percent increase.
“This milestone comes on the heels of our announcement in February that we have completed the stack-yard work at Virginia International Gateway,” Reinhart said. “That project brought 13 new container stacks into service and gives us the capability to process 1.2 million lifts a year at VIG.
“The $700 million investment being made in The Port of Virginia puts it in the best position to become the US East Coast’s premiere port and a major hub for ultra-large container vessels,” Reinhart said.