Port keeps hitting highs

Published 10:41 pm Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It’s a case of another month, another strong set of cargo figures through the port, according to the Virginia Port Authority.

The Port of Virginia handled 198,329 TEUs (20-foot equivalent containers) in August, which ranked it among the top five most productive months to date, officials said in a press release.

“August was another solid month at The Port of Virginia and speaking in terms of TEUs, we’re ahead of August 2012 by more than five percent,” stated Rodney W. Oliver, the authority’s interim executive director.


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“For the calendar year, we’re almost 7 percent ahead of where we were this time last year. We expect the heavy flow of peak-season cargo to continue, but as the retail season approaches we expect it to taper a bit, which is normal.”

August was the fourth-best month for TEUs after July 2013, October 2007, and November 2012, the authority says.

Import TEUs were at 97,747 and exports at 100,582 in August, up 1.8 percent and 8.8 percent, respectively.

For the calendar year, imports are up 8.8 percent and exports 5.2 percent.

“We’re also setting records in rail volume,” Oliver stated. “August was the first time we’ve handled more than 40,000 containers in a month. We expect continued heavy rail volume for the foreseeable future and are making several operational changes to accommodate the growth.”

The port handled 42,053 short tons of breakbulk cargo in August, the authority reports, up 65.4 percent compared to the same month last year.