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Virginia International Gateway (VIG)

Virginia International Gateway (VIG) is a privately owned marine container terminal located along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, Virginia. Commissioned in July 2007, VIG is the largest privately-owned container terminal in the United States. In July 2010, the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and APM Terminals entered into a 20-year lease agreement. In 2014, Alinda Capital Partners purchased the terminal from APMT, renaming it Virginia International Gateway.  Alinda and the VPA signed a 49-year lease in 2016, under which the VPA is now operating the terminal.

VIG is the first of the port’s functional semi-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.

In 2019, The Port of Virginia completed a three-year, $312 million investment that reimagined and re-engineered the terminal. The project doubled VIG’s container and rail capacity to 1.2 million units and 480,000 lifts respectively.  VIG extended its berth to accommodate up to three Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) and incorporated the port’s own Trucker Reservation System — called PRO-PASS® — for motor carriers that is dramatically increasing productivity at the gates.  The project earned Lloyd’s List “Excellence in Port Management and Infrastructure Award” (2019).

With access via a 50-foot navigation channel, VIG is designed to serve ULCVs.  The container wharf provides 4,000-feet of effective berth capacity, currently able to accommodate three ULCVs simultaneously. The terminal is equipped with a fleet of 12 super post-Panamax cranes, capable of handling the largest container vessels.

The container yard consists of 28 semi-automated stacks, served by 56 rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes.  These stacks can easily process more than 3,500 truck transactions per day.  The terminal also offers more than 1,200 reefer plugs for customers moving chilled and frozen cargoes.

VIG has direct interchange to the interstate highway system, and Class I double-stack intermodal service with Norfolk Southern and CSX, via Commonwealth Railway. The on-dock yard offers nearly 20,000 linear feet of rail track.

The terminal design is unique in that many of VIG’s operations are performed remotely, from a centralized terminal operations building, promoting efficiency, accuracy, and employee safety.

VIG is located just off Virginia State Route 164W in Portsmouth, with easy access to Interstates 664, US Route 17 and US Route 58.

AMENDED AND RESTATED DEED OF FACILITIES LEASE AGREEMENT by and between VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY, INC. and VIRGINIA PORT AUTHORITY – Dated as of September 21, 2016

Specs

Terminal

Size

291 Operating Acres

Capacity

1.2 million containers

TEU Capacity

2,112,000 TEUs

Foreign Trade Zone

Foreign Trade Zone #20

Waterside Access

River

Elizabeth River

Wharf Length

3,750 feet with 125' mooring dolphins on each end to make the 4,000' wharf

Landside Access

Interstate

I-64
I-664

Street

State Route 164 (4 Lane Divided Highway)

Truck Gate Lanes

17 inbound; 13 outbound gates

Rail

19,640 linear feet of working track arranged in eight 2,455 foot sections directly served by Commonwealth Railway with on dock connections to both Norfolk Southern and CSX

Equipment

Hustler Trucks

32

Ship-to-Shore Cranes

12 Super Post Panamax

RMG (Rail Mounted Gantry Crane)

56 semi-automated – 8 containers wide x 5+1 high

Reach Stackers

1

Reefer Plugs

1212

Fenders (type / quality)

Buckling fender with UHMWPE contact panel at 50 feet/good quality

Bollards (SWL / interval)

300 Metric Ton/75 feet on center

Empty Container Handlers

1

Top Loaders

1

Shuttle Carriers

49

Map & Directions

Virginia International Gateway
1000 Virginia International Gateway Blvd
Portsmouth, VA 23703
Additional waypoint – Two miles west of the West Norfolk Bridge/Pinners Point Connector off State Route 164/Western Freeway
Phone (for facility directions and hours only): 757-440-7160

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Gate Hours

Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, and continuing indefinitely, truck gate and TRS hours at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) will be observed as follows:

Monday through Friday: 0700-1700 hours**

  • **Portal closure at 1600 hours
  • **Final reefer pick-up at 1530 hours

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Truck gates CLOSED

CURRENT TRUCKER RESERVATION SYSTEM (TRS) MANDATORY HOURS

  • Monday through Friday – 0700 hours (gate opening) – 1500 hours

EMPTY YARD GATE HOURS

Pinners Point Container Yard (PPCY)

Monday – Friday: 0700 -1700 hours**
Saturday: CLOSED

  • **Last empty container delivery and pick-up at 1630 hours, Monday – Friday