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Speed to Market: NIT

At Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), work is progressing on a $350 million renovation of the terminal’s south side. When complete in 2020, the south side’s annual container throughput capacity will have expanded by 400,000 containers, or 46 percent within the same footprint.

A complete reconfiguration of the south side container yard is the focus of the NIT project. Rail-mounted grantry cranes will create greater efficiency and allow the port to move more volume in the same amount of space. To see what the south side of NIT will look like when complete, please watch the video below.

In June, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne christened an important addition to NIT. The $42 million, 26-lane North Gate complex, located on the terminal’s north side, opened to motor carriers on June 30. Now NIT is served by 42 technology-driven gates for motor carriers — capacity that will be necessary to serve a growing NIT.

In addition to increasing capacity and efficiency at NIT, the North Gate also improves interstate access for motor carriers and relieves pressure on one of Norfolk’s busiest streets. When the I-564 Intermodal Connector is complete in early 2018, an estimated 800 trucks a day will be removed from Hampton Boulevard.

“The Port of Virginia is great to work with and is constantly looking for ways to improve on all aspects of service, including customer service,” said Ron Joyner of Salem Carriers trucking company. “As the dray carrier for one of the largest exporters at the port, we have high volumes going both in and out and we welcome the immediate and long-term plans for expansion and infrastructure improvements.”

At the center of the port’s expansion projects at VIG and NIT is the world’s largest one-time order for RMGs. Announced in November 2016, the port’s $217 million contract with Konecranes will bring 86 specialized RMGs to The Port of Virginia — 60 for NIT and 26 for VIG.

These investments — combined with our efforts to make our shipping channels wider, deeper, and safer — help to drive economic development, investment and job creation throughout the Commonwealth and will position the port for success for years to come.