Hurricane Michael – Message 2 – 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 10

October 10, 2018

We continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Michael, as it impacts Florida and the Southeastern United States.  You can find the latest updates here: The National Hurricane Center.

At this time, all Port of Virginia terminals and offices are following standard operating schedules.  Barring any unforeseen changes, we plan to sustain normal terminal operations for the duration of this event.  As always, the safety of our colleagues, partners and assets will drive our decisions.    

Southeastern Virginia is preparing for the likelihood of tropical storm force winds (34+ knots/39+ mph) beginning late on Thursday, October 11, and continuing on Friday October 12.  Forecasts call for up to four inches of rain during this time period.

As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, has declared port condition X-RAY for Hampton Roads, meaning sustained gale force winds are expected at the Virginia Capes within 48 hours. The “Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan” will help you understand actions taken, and conditions declared, by the Coast Guard:  2018 Port of HR Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan

As we prepare for the arrival of high winds, we ask for the support of the trucking community as follows:

  • For the remainder of today – Wednesday, Oct. 10 – empties routed to Virginia International Gateway (VIG), by matrix, may be returned to the PPCY at the driver’s discretion
  • Please observe the posted matrix, governing the return of all empty containers, for Thursday, Oct. 11

To monitor conditions and operating status at our terminals, please bookmark the following page on our website – Port of Virginia Operations Alerts.  Contact our Customer Service Team here and by phone at 757-440-7160.

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

You may subscribe to port text alerts by following the instructions at this link:  Subscribe To Port Text Alerts

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.