Hurricane Dorian – Message 3 – 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 5

September 5, 2019

The Port of Virginia is currently open and operating, following standard hours at all terminals and offices.

In the interest of diligence and safety, we continue to monitor the forecast track of Hurricane Dorian, as it tracks along the East Coast.  You can find the latest updates here: The National Hurricane Center.

Southeastern Virginia is under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Warning.  We anticipate the arrival of tropical storm force winds and heavy rain beginning on Thursday evening, Sept. 5, continuing throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 6.

  1. At 1600 hours today, Sept. 5, the U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, will declare port condition ZULU for Hampton Roads, meaning sustained gale force winds are expected at the Virginia Capes within 12 hours.
    • With the declaration of port condition ZULU, the main shipping channels will be closed and vessel movements will be restricted
    • No vessel movements will be permitted, within the port, after 1600 hours today, Sept. 5
    • The declaration of ZULU does not restrict landside terminal operations
      • Truck and rail operations will continue, uninterrupted, during posted hours on Sept. 5
    • PRO-PASS Trucker Reservation System appointments for Saturday, Sept. 7, and Monday, Sept. 9, will be made available today, Sept. 5, at 12 noon
      • The ability to edit/change TRS reservations will be unavailable from 2100 hours on Sept. 5, until 0600 hours on Sept. 7
  2. With safety as our primary goal, and in consideration of Friday’s forecast, please be advised of the following:
    • All terminal truck gates in Hampton Roads will be CLOSED on Friday, Sept. 6
    • Port condition ZULU prohibits vessel movement / vessel work
    • All Port of Virginia offices will be CLOSED on Sept. 6
    • Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port will remain open, operating according to published hours
  3. Assuming Hurricane Dorian clears the region on Friday, and barring any extraordinary service restoration needs:
    • On Saturday, Sept. 7, NIT, VIG and the RSA Chassis Yard in Portsmouth will open at 0700 hours, with portal closure at 1700 hours
      • TRS reservations will be mandatory from 0700 hours – 1400 hours
      • Open gate hours will be offered from 1400 hours – 1700 hours
    • All other terminals, including the PPCY, remain CLOSED
      • Empty container movements are governed by the Empty Return Matrix
    • No truck gate hours are planned for Sunday, Sept. 8
    • Reopening the channel to vessel traffic is at the discretion of the U.S. Coast Guard and is dependent on post-storm reconnaissance

Contact our Customer Service Team here and by phone at 757-440-7160.

The “Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan” will help you understand actions taken, and conditions declared, by the Coast Guard:  Hampton Roads Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan

As for conditions and operating status at our terminals, please bookmark the following page on our website – Port of Virginia Operations Alerts.

We will also update our Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn feeds with pertinent information – Port of Virginia Twitter and Port of Virginia Facebook and The Port of Virginia LinkedIn page.

With safety as our top priority, we value our role as stewards of your cargo.  We commit to keeping you informed as this weather system progresses.  Updates will be posted for the duration of the event.