A straddle carrier on its way to pick up cargo at Virginia International Gateway.

Position Detection System

Our end goal always is to move cargo as swiftly, safely, and sustainably as possible.

Moving cargo is what we do at The Port of Virginia. Once a container arrives on terminal, there are many ways it can get from point A to point B, but optimizing its path promotes safety and cost savings. Pairing people with technology is one of the ways we do it. We use a Position Detection System (PDS) in some of our cargo-handling equipment at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) for gate, yard and rail moves. Currently, 87 straddle carriers are equipped with PDS, but we are incorporating the technology more and more every day. PDS ensures the closest piece of appropriate equipment to a container is assigned the move, providing great savings in terms of time, cost and emissions. Our end goal always is to move cargo as swiftly, safely, and sustainably as possible.