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Port of Virginia closes one container terminal due to low volume

Christian Fernsby |
The Port of Virginia has announced that it will go one step further by temporarily closing its Portsmouth Marine Terminal, thereby increasing utilization at other sites.

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"In light of market conditions, we find it prudent and necessary to take steps to consolidate our ocean carrier services at [Virginia International Gateway] and [Norfolk International Terminals], and adjust our gate hours," the port authority said in a statement. [break]

Beginning May 4, Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) will be closed. Three service loops operated by the 2M Alliance will shift from PMT to Virginia International Gateway (VIG) and Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). Their berth windows will be maintained as scheduled at their new assigned locations. The last call at PMT will be the container ship Winner on April 25.

“We just don’t have the volume to keep it open,” port spokesman Joe Harris told the local Daily Press. “It’s easier to move that volume to other terminals."

At NIT, VIG and three adjacent equipment yards, the truck gate opening hours will be changed from 0600 to 0700 hours.

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