ACL Vessels to Relocate from Norfolk International Terminals to Portsmouth Marine Terminal

February 27, 2017

We are committed to keeping you – our valued customers – fully informed as we continue our mindful expansion and optimization projects at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) and Norfolk International Terminals (NIT).

In order to provide you with as much advance notice as possible, and to accommodate the improvements at NIT South that are scheduled to begin in July, we are pleased to announce the following service change which takes place in March:

  • Atlantic Container Line (ACL) will permanently shift vessel calls from NIT to Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) in late March
  • ACL’s final vessel call at NIT will be the Atlantic Conveyor (voyage 7217) – ETA March 21, 2017 
  • The ACL Atlantic Sea (voyage 7218 / 7318) will inaugurate ACL’s new service at PMT in late March

ACL’s vessel schedules are available on their website:

For our ACL export rail customers, please be mindful of specific vessels and voyages as you book intermodal rail moves in the coming weeks.  The first vessel to handle rail cargo at PMT will be the Atlantic Sea (voyage 7318).  Please plan your deliveries accordingly.

The acceptance of loaded export containers at PMT is governed by the early return date (ERD) for each vessel.  Non-containerized export cargo (breakbulk, RoRo) is now being accepted at PMT for future export sailings.

The Port of Virginia Sales and Customer Service Teams are available to assist you during this period of transition.

We will continue to provide you with regular updates as we work together to move your cargo safely, swiftly and sustainably.

Thank you for your business.