Port of Virginia Wins Award for Local Expansion Project

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Port of Virginia by Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

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With its sights set on finishing the next expansion project, the Port of Virginia on Sept. 25 accepted a top award for the one it just completed.

Lloyd’s List, a maritime and shipping industry publication that counts itself as one of the world’s oldest continuously running journals, chose Virginia’s port for its “excellence in port management and infrastructure” award.

The port has received four nominations over the past three years in Lloyd’s List annual global award competition.

The honor recognizes the port for its expansion project at Virginia International Gateway, one of two of the commonwealth’s largest container terminals located in Portsmouth.

Over the past three years, the facility has undergone a $312 million project that doubled its container and rail capacity. The project also extended VIG’s berth so it can accommodate up to three of the world’s largest containerships at once.

In July, the port marked the official end to the project.

In a statement, CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart called the award an “affirmation.”

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“It tells us that the industry is watching and the effort we are putting into making the Port of Virginia the East Coast’s global gateway is being recognized.”

The other nominees in the category were Ferrini Container, a private company based in California that deals in research and development of shipping containers, and Portonave, a port terminal in Brazil.

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