The completion of four new inbound gates has boosted gate capacity at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) by 30%.
Gates 14-17 were brought into use on 27 September, as part of a US$320M package of improvements at the terminal. Each lane can process up to 800 transactions a week. The CEO and executive director of Virginia Port Authority, John F. Reinhart, said: “Each week at VIG we process more than 13,000 truck transactions, and our motor-carrier partners handle nearly two-thirds of the volume moving across the port. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure Virginia remains a global gateway.”
VIG continues to make progress with its yard expansion. All 26 of the Konecranes automated rail mounted gantry cranes ordered have now been delivered and testing is underway. Most of the new container stacks will come online during the course of October 2018, although one will not be operational until January 2019. Four new ship-to-shore cranes are due for delivery in “early 2019”, while 16 new Kalmar shuttle carriers have been delivered.
Other improvements include the construction of an additional 800ft berth, the substructure for which is now in place. In addition, the Navis N4 terminal operating system has been upgraded and is being used to support the Trucker Reservation System, as Virginia moves to make gate appointments mandatory. Finally, the VIG rail yard is being expanded in two phases: the first has already been completed and work on the second is due for completion by June 2019.