COVID-19 Protocols – Social Distancing at The Port of Virginia

April 8, 2020

In this most challenging environment, we appreciate your willingness to adapt and cooperate.  Working together, we can protect the health of all colleagues, partners and stakeholders, while continuing to ensure the safe, swift flow of cargo.

Guidelines for truck transactions at all Port of Virginia terminals and facilities – Failure to comply with the following guidelines will result in removal from the terminal, or facility:

  • Drivers are reminded to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and all port personnel
    • This rule applies regardless of whether port personnel are in a booth, pickup truck, Kubota, etc.
  • Drivers are reminded that approaching, or attempting to open, interchange booth doors, or touching sliding glass windows, is prohibited
  • In accordance with social distancing guidelines, port colleagues may takes steps to avoid drivers approaching on foot

On a related topic, the motor carrier community has asked questions regarding random truck inspections at terminal gates:

  • The Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) requirement for randomly inspecting inbound trucks (and personal vehicles) remains in force
    • This MTSA requirement is a federal mandate
  • Port security personnel will protect themselves, and the individual drivers, through the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • The cooperation of the driving community is greatly appreciated

We are all in this together.  The guidelines detailed above are for the mutual protection of the over-the-road driver and port operations personnel. On terminal, drivers are reminded to utilize speaker phones, and/or posted phone numbers, to communicate with the port operations team.

Drivers may also contact our Customer Service Team at 757-440-7160 / POVCustomerService@vit.org.

Thank you for your flexibility and for your business.