As an industry, we are faced with a record number of blank sailings, and idled containerships, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have witnessed a marked decline in current and forecasted volumes from our shippers and ocean carriers.
An April 8 Wall Street Journal article reported that “Container ship operators have idled a record 13 percent of their capacity over the past month as carriers at the foundation of global supply chains buckle down” and “Maritime data provider Alphaliner said in a report… that shipping lines have withdrawn vessels with capacity totaling about three million containers.”
In light of market conditions, we find it prudent and necessary to take steps to consolidate our ocean carrier services at VIG and NIT, and adjust our gate hours.
Effective Monday, May 4, 2020:
- Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) will be closed
- Please carefully review the vessel service details below
- Truck gate openings at Norfolk International Terminals and Virginia International Gateway will be adjusted to 0700 hours, Monday – Friday
- Truck gate openings at the Pinners Point Container Yard (PPCY), Portsmouth Chassis Yard (PCY) and the Reefer Service Area (RSA) will also be adjusted to 0700 hours, M-F
PMT Vessel Service Plans:
- SAF (2M) Service
- Moving from PMT to NIT North
- Last call at PMT on April 21 – vessel “Northern Debonair” – Voyage 012N
- First vessel call at NIT North on May 2 – vessel “Maersk Visby” – Voyage 013N
- TA2 / NEUATL2 Service
- Moving from PMT to VIG
- Last call at PMT on April 24 – vessel “MSC Bhavya” – Voyage 015W
- First vessel call at VIG on May 1 – vessel “MSC Krystal” – Voyage 016W
- SAE Service (SEA/MSK)
- Moving from PMT to NIT South
- Last call at PMT on April 25 – vessel “Winner” – Voyage 016W
- First vessel call at NIT South on May 2 – vessel “Maersk Winnipeg” – Voyage 017W
- MDECSA (MSC Standalone Service)
- Moving from VIG to NIT South
- Last Call at VIG on April 26 – vessel “MSC Vidhi” – Voyage 013R
- First vessel call at NIT South on May 8 – vessel “MSC Carolina” – Voyage UA017A
The existing berth windows of the SAF, TA2 / NEUATL2 and SAE will be preserved as these three services relocate to new terminals.
Thank you for your consistent support and patronage, as we work together in the face of unprecedented circumstances. Our strong partnership with you continues to protect the safety of all supply chain participants, while ensuring the vital movement of cargo.