Port figures stay strong

Published 8:30 pm Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cargo throughput at the Port of Virginia is up 6.3 percent this year from the same period last year, the Virginia Port Authority reports.

The port handled more than 185,185 TEUs (20 foot-equivalent containers) in September, the authority stated in a news release.

“We continue to set new records, and last month was the best September we’ve ever had,” Rodney W. Oliver, the authority’s interim executive director, stated.

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“In terms of rail volume, September was our fourth-best month in history. The port has experienced double-digit rail growth, year-over-year, in 10 of the last 11 months.”

The proportion of cargo moved by rail reached a record high in September of 35.8 percent, according to Oliver. It’s the fourth month this year that rail cargo as a percentage of total cargo has exceeded 35 percent, he added.

Meanwhile, the port authority reports for September that import TEUs tallied 87,398 and exports 97,787 – a 4.5-percent increase and almost 1-percent drop, respectively.

Also, the Virginia Inland Port for September posted its second-best month for cargo volume in three years. Cargo was at 3,374 containers, with volume up 10.6 percent on the same month last year.