Virginia International Gateway (VIG) is a privately owned marine container terminal located along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia. The facility was commissioned in July 2007, and is the largest privately-owned container terminal in the United States. In July 2010, the VPA and VIG entered into a 20-year lease agreement under which the VPA is now operating VIG.
VIG is the first of port’s functional automated container terminals. The facility is a U.S. Customs-designated port of entry, and the full range of customs functions is available to customers. VIG sits on a total footprint of 576 acres. Phase I of VIG’s development, at 231 acres, can process over one million TEUs annually. Phase II will add approximately 60 acres in additional space and another one million-plus TEUs in capacity.
With access through a 50-foot navigation channel, VIG is designed to serve super post-Panamax class vessels. VIG has direct interchange to the interstate highway system, and Class I double-stack intermodal service. The terminal is constructed as a semi-automated operation, with a mix of manual and automated container handling equipment. Its design is unique in that many of the terminal’s operations are performed remotely from a centralized terminal operations center, promoting efficiency, accuracy, and employee safety.
The container wharf provides 3,750 feet of effective berth capacity, currently able to accommodate two or three vessels; however, as vessel sizes increase and shipping lines search for economies of scale, VIG berth space will be routinely reduced to two vessels. The terminal is equipped with a fleet of eight super post-Panamax cranes, capable of handling the largest container vessels.
The container yard consists of approximately 65-acres semi-automated rail mounted gantry (RMG) stacking acres of dedicated storage space for full and empty containers, wheeled refrigerated containers, and wheeled oversized loads. The facility is equipped with a eight-track on-dock intermodal yard and an intermodal transfer facility served by Norfolk Southern and CSX through an operating agreement with the Commonwealth Railway. The terminal has 19,840 feet of working track.
VIG is located just off VA-164W in Portsmouth, with easy access to Interstate 64, US Route 17 and US Route 58.
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Virginia International Gateway is managed by Virginia International Terminals, LLC (VIT), a private operating company, through a Service Agreement with the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).