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Last year (2012) will go down as the second-best year in history for the Port of Virginia in terms of cargo volumes, with the port seeing increases in seven categories it uses to measure cargo movement, most notably 2,105,887 teu, an increase of 9.8% when compared with 2011; only 22,479 teu separated 2012 from 2007, which is the port’s best year on record.

Second best year for Port of Virginia

The port also experienced a busy December to close the year, handling 185,750 teu (106,005 units).

“The Port of Virginia posted an 18.9% increase in containers and a 20.4% teu handled in December compared to the same month in 2011,” said Rodney Oliver, Virginia Port Authority’s interim executive director. “That made the sixth month in 2012 in which the port recorded a double-digit monthly increase year-over-year and the eleventh consecutive month of positive growth year-over-year in these two categories.”

The 2012 cargo total and the percentage of increase over 2011 are:

• Teu: 2,105,887, up 9.8%
• General cargoes: 17,513,093 tonnes, up 12.1%
• Rail containers: 385,804, up 16.8 %
• Barge containers: 8,009, up 82.5%
• Ship calls: 1,963, up 7.4%

“I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished in 2012. We had two near strikes, superstorm Sandy, diverted cargo and several other projects that required our immediate attention throughout the year. With all of those distractions we performed admirably and everyone should be proud,” said Oliver.