Photo: Port of Virginia Facebook page

Photo: Port of Virginia Facebook page

The Port of Virginia set a new mark for volume in fiscal 2014, handling more than 2.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units in the twelve months ending June 30, eclipsing the previous fiscal year record by 140,476 TEUs.

"We had a record-setting fiscal year, with our TEU volume growth up 6.5% when compared with fiscal 2013, and we're also tracking for a record calendar year," said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.

During the 2014 fiscal year, the port handled more than 1.3 million containers, a 6.2% increase from the previous fiscal year, while truck container numbers increased 5.6% to more than 822,000

Port officials say improving cargo conveyance systems, a restructuring of the relationship between it and its private terminal operating subsidiary, Virginia International Terminals, creation of a task force to address the concerns of motor carriers serving the port and implementation of new technology at Norfolk International Terminals were among the port's accomplishments in fiscal 2014.

In the past quarter the port began implementation of an appointment system at Norfolk International terminals for motor carriers to help meter the flow of trucks in an out of the terminal, according to the port authority.

The Virginia Port Authority owns and is responsible for the operations and security of three marine terminals: Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, and Newport News Marine Terminal, plus an inland intermodal facility, the Virginia Inland Port located in Front Royal, primarily handling import and export containerized and break-bulk cargoes.