Year after record-setting barge volume year, the largest ships sailing the Atlantic Ocean call The Port of Virginia with regularity, maximizing all modes of transportation – barge, rail and truck – to efficiently move the increasing amounts of cargo these ships are bringing. The barge service connecting Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) and the port’s deep-water container terminals in the Norfolk Harbor is in its eleventh year of operation and having moved nearly a quarter-of-a-million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in that time.
The growing demand for barge movement of imports and exports like chemicals, pharmaceuticals, forest products, paper, machinery, consumer goods, frozen seafood, produce, steel, steel products, stone, tobacco leaf, aluminum, project cargo, wire coils, wire rods and pipe and more drove our decision to add a second barge in 2016, and to deploy a third shortly thereafter to increase our number of sailings to 3 times a week.
These moves not only strengthen our ability to service our customers, but also helps to keep The Port of Virginia’s sustainability promise — eliminating 31,544 containers from the interstate, and 3,671 tons of ozone pollutants in 2019 alone.
Details of the Richmond Marine Terminal barge service can be found on our RMT Gate Hours and Barge Schedule page.