Hurricane Dorian – Message 4 – 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 6

September 6, 2019

The Port of Virginia’s Hampton Roads terminals and offices are currently CLOSED, as Hurricane Dorian passes off the Virginia coast.

In the interest of diligence and safety, we continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Dorian, as it passes just to the east of the port.  You can find the latest updates here: The National Hurricane Center.

We are experiencing tropical storm force winds and heavy rain and these conditions are expected to continue throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 6., as the hurricane exits our region later this evening.

  1. At 1600 hours on Thursday, Sept. 5, the U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, declared port condition ZULU for Hampton Roads.
    • With the declaration of port condition ZULU, the main shipping channels are closed and vessel movements are restricted
  2. With safety as our primary goal, please be advised of the following:
    • All terminal truck gates in Hampton Roads are CLOSED on Friday, Sept. 6
    • Port condition ZULU prohibits vessel movement / vessel work
    • All Port of Virginia offices are CLOSED on Friday, Sept. 6
    • Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port are open, observing standard operating hours
  3. As Hurricane Dorian clears the region on Friday evening, 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
        • Due to reduced staffing levels (safety), the ability to edit/change TRS reservations is unavailable until 0600 hours on Sept. 7
      • Open gate hours will be offered from 1400 hours – 1700 hours on Sept. 7
    • All other terminals, including the PPCY, remain CLOSED on Sept. 7
      • Empty container movements are governed by the Empty Return Matrix

No truck gate hours are planned for Sunday, Sept. 8.

Reopening the channels to vessel traffic is the prerogative of the U.S. Coast Guard and is dependent on post-storm reconnaissance.  We are in close communication with our Coast Guard partners and we will keep you informed regarding status changes.

You may 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.