Increasing breakbulk share in the Port of Virginia

Between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, the 2022 financial year, there was a 103.7% increase in break bulk cargo in the Port of Virginia, compared to the previous year. A total of 172,734 tons of breakbulk cargo were moved by the Virginia Port Authority.

The lion’s share of this cargo passed through the Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT). This terminal is the main break-bulk and roll-on/roll-off facility for the port, with over 30 years of activity in these sectors. Located on the north bank of the James River, the 165-acre (0.66 square kilometres) terminal offers 60 acres (0.24 square kilometres) of outside storage and 968,000 square feet (0.08 square kilometres) of covered storage. Equipment available at the NNMT includes three hustler trucks, 65k and 52k forklifts, a CMI crane, a rail car mover, and a reach stacker.

The NNMT can accommodate ships of up to 850 feet in length or just under 260 metres. The terminal’s two piers have a total of four vessel berths of 3,480 feet (just over one kilometre), with draft depth as deep as 40 feet (12 metres). The Pier C South roll-on/roll-off ramp is suitable for heavy lift cargo, and project cargo. NNMT also offers 18,990 feet (over 5 kilometres) of Class I on-dock rail by CSX. The terminal also has rapid access to the I-64 highway, and the US Routes 17 and 60, for road transport.

Author: Emma Dailey

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