Cargo moving through the Port of Virginia's world-class facilities is transported from and to markets around the globe, carrying the goods and supplies that manufacturers, corporations, and individual consumers use in their everyday lives. This cargo is moved by way of:
- 6 Terminals
- 1,864 acres
- 19,885 L.F. of berth
- Up to 50’ deep berths
- 30 miles of on-dock rail
The deep water harbor–the deepest on the US East Coast–shelters the world’s largest naval base; a robust shipbuilding and repair industry; a thriving export coal trade and the sixth largest containerized cargo complex in the United States.
The port offers 50-foot channels, inbound and outbound, and is the only US East Coast port with Congressional authorization to dredge to 55 feet. In an era where container ships are carrying tens of thousands of twenty-foot equivalent units per voyage, deep water and the absence of overhead restrictions is a significant competitive advantage.
According to an economic impact study conducted by the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, 374,000 Virginia jobs – nearly ten percent of the state’s resident workforce – are linked to port activity across our six terminals. Those jobs generate $17.5 billion in annual compensation and $1.4 billion in state and local taxes.
The Port of Virginia is a hub port; an important distinction for the shipping public. Nearly 30 international shipping lines offer direct, dedicated service to and from Virginia, with connections to 200+ countries around the world. In an average week, more than 40 international container, breakbulk and roll-on / roll-off vessels are serviced at our marine terminals.
Two Class I railroads, CSX and Norfolk Southern, serve the Port via on-dock intermodal container transfer facilities at Virginia International Gateway and Norfolk International Terminals. The service offered by the Class I’s is augmented by vital short line rail partners including the Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line and the Commonwealth Railway. Virginia’s unrivaled intermodal rail connections allow the Port to reach customers in the Ohio Valley and the upper Midwest with scheduled daily service. A new intermodal rail market in North Carolina bodes well for the future of additional market penetration in the Southeastern U.S.
The Virginia Port Authority’s operations are provided by Virginia International Terminals, LLC (VIT), a single-member limited liability company wholly owned by the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). In addition, Hampton Roads Chassis Pool, LLC (HRCP II), on behalf of and wholly owned by VIT, operates and manages the intermodal chassis and empty container yards.
Virginia is the northernmost right-to-work state on the US East Coast. VIT management is proud to work with the progressive and flexible members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The ILA membership, more than 1,500 strong in Virginia, is the backbone of the port labor force. The trust, open communication and commitment to mutual benefit that exists between management and labor has produced 38 years of waterfront harmony, without a lost workday to our shared customers. Our track record of stable and productive labor relations is the envy of ports around the world.