Our Gateway Investment Program is elevating port operations by funding enhancements in efficiency and capacity throughout our integrated facilities. We’re investing in channel dredging and rail systems because that’s what’s required of America’s Most Modern Gateway – we’re making sure you are one step ahead.
Norfolk Harbor is the only channel on the East Coast with Congressional authorization for 55ft depth. When dredging and widening is complete in 2024, the harbor will offer the deepest, widest channels on the U.S. East Coast and commercial channels will allow safe, two-way traffic for fully laden ULCVs. With zero air and water restrictions, Norfolk will be ready to support ceaseless movement of the world’s largest vessels.
Norfolk International Terminal Upgrades
Enhancements at NIT including new ship-to-shore cranes and a reconfigured container stack yard supported by semi-automated, rail-mounted gantry cranes will bring semi-automated systems to North NIT. Along with a capacity expansion to 1.4M annual TEUs, our renovation at North NIT is integrating game-changing semi-automated technology that will drive efficiencies in our operations and maintain our position as the most modern gateway in America.
Central Rail Yard Expansion
In 2024, our expansion of the Central Rail Yard at NIT will accommodate 455,000 additional rail TEUs annually, for a total annual rail capacity of more than 1.8M TEUs at The Port of Virginia. The largest intermodal rail port on the East Coast is expanding with our strategic investment in efficiency and on-dock capacity that will support more freight cargo more efficiently.
Offshore Wind Implementation
Transformation of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal into an offshore wind energy hub supports Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project and our sustainability commitments of being 100% powered by clean energy in 2023 and net-zero by 2040.