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July 25, 2018

Port of Virginia terminal starts receiving new gantry cranes

The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) reports that heavy-load vessel Happy Buccaneer arrived at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) with the first group of six rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) that are the centerpieces of the $375 million capacity expansion project underway at that terminal.

The Happy Buccaneer's arrival signals the start of an 18-month cycle that will see the delivery of 60 new cranes to NIT.

In January 2018, construction on the NIT expansion got underway and the project will be complete by mid-year 2020. The work will expand NIT's annual throughput capacity by 400,000 container units.

The vessel is safely on berth and pre-offloading work is underway. The RMGs will be off-loaded, mounted on rails, taken through some minor assembly, tested and then put into service by the end of September, when the first three of 30 new container stacks at NIT will be ready for use.

"This is the stage when things begin to come to life at NIT," said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. "Our goal is to put this equipment to work as quickly and as safely as we can, just like we are doing at VIG. As these stacks go online, we will begin capitalizing on the new capacity and efficiency we're creating. The end result of our effort will be new high-performing network of terminals that will attract economic investment in Virginia and spur job creation across the Commonwealth."

Virginia Port Authority