The Port of Virginia Will Observe an Hour of Peaceful Reflection on June 9

June 8, 2020

The Port of Virginia is committed to its values, to each other, and we stand in solidarity with the Black community in the fight against a centuries-old pattern of violence and suppression.

In keeping with our values, we will join ports from Maine to Texas and temporarily suspend all cargo operations for one hour on Tuesday, June 9, to recognize George Floyd and reflect on his tragic death. This is being done in conjunction with United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) and the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL‐CIO (ILA); the event is timed to coincide with Mr. Floyd’s final memorial service.

On June 4, the USMX and ILA reached an agreement with its membership and waterfront employers along the East and Gulf coasts, to temporarily halt all cargo operations from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, to observe this solemn event.

Impacts to port operations (VIG, NIT and PPCY only) will be minimal and our operations team is taking steps to ensure a smooth lead-up to the event and a quick restart of operations upon completion. To that effort, we are:

  • Not accepting reservations for the noon hour on June 9
  • Closing the portals to inbound trucks at 11 a.m. to ensure that OTR trucks are serviced by noon
  • Restarting reservations promptly at 1 p.m. absent any anticipatory grace period

As always, we are thankful for your business and we appreciate your continued support.