The Port of Virginia in southeastern US has added four new truck gates as part of a US$320m investment to increase the terminal’s capacity and efficiency.

The new gates, at Virginia International Gateway (VIG), are expected to increase capacity by around 30%. They were put into service last week.

“Each week at VIG we process more than 13,000 truck transactions, and our motor-carrier partners handle nearly two-thirds of the volume moving across the port,” said John Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We are taking the necessary steps to ensure Virginia remains a global gateway and we are committed to continually improving the daily experience of our partners, customers and stakeholders.”

The project is part of a $700m expansion of the Port’s two primary container-handling terminals. Improvements will include rail-mounted gantry cranes, berth construction, ship-to-shore cranes and container stacks.

The first phase of the expanded rail yard at VIG is operational, with phase two work scheduled for completion in June 2019. The progress on the berth construction is continuing and is tracking for a mid-to-late October completion. Four new ship-to-shore cranes are in the final stages of fabrication in China and are scheduled for delivery in early 2019.

“We are making significant progress at VIG and are on target for completion there in June 2019,” Reinhart said.

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