The largest ships in the world have been calling The Port of Virginia for years now. Our 50-foot channels have always been critical to our success, and now with dredging already underway and ahead of schedule, soon our journey to become the East Coast’s deepest port will be complete at 55 feet.
Additional widening of the Thimble Shoal Channel to more than 1,400 feet in specific areas will also amplify our ability to service these ultra-large container vessels (ULCV), ensuring they come in — and out — fully loaded and without one-way traffic restrictions. And our strategic partnerships with labor, 26 Suez-class ship-to-shore cranes, and leading double stack rail service ensure the cargo moves quickly to its destination once it arrives.
Once complete, safe, two-way flow of ULCVs, unrestricted by tide or channel width will be not only possible, but routine. This $350 million project, as well as the $800 million we’ve already invested to increase container capacity by 1 million units per year, makes Virginia a premier gateway for trade on the United States East Coast.