The amendment clears the way for the 600-acre eastward expansion of Craney Island, currently owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, to be transferred to the VPA when it decides the time is right for the construction of a fourth state-of-the-art terminal on the site.
The VPA, in partnership with the Corp,s is currently in a multi-year project to develop that 600-acre area.
“By [transferring] authority over certain parts of Craney Island to the Virginia Port Authority, [the] amendment removes some of the red tape that has hindered a project vital to Virginia’s economic development, “said Senator Mark Warner one of the sponsors of the Craney amendment.
Also in Virginia…….Fourteen months after setting a US East Coast record for handling a deep-draft container ship, the port has broken its record again with the 49 feet (14.93) draft export-laden MSC Chicago.
The 9,178 teu capacity MSC Chicago, built in 2005, measures approximately 1,102 feet (336 m) long and 150 feet (45.7 m) wide – 18 containers across.
The Chicago is deployed in MSC’s Golden Gate Service, which links the US East Coast to the Far East via the Suez Canal. “With Virginia being the last stop on the service, it allows export cargo to be collected in Virginia, loaded and immediately begin the export leg of the trip,” said Rodney Oliver, executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).
“This allows exports loaded in Virginia to reach their destination quicker because there are no other East Coast port calls. The ocean carriers are taking advantage of our 50-foot deep channels (that allows) them to load heavy and begin to maximize the economics of operating their big ships.”
Port rotation of the Golden Gate Service is: Hong Kong, Chiwan, Yantian, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, Salalah, Suez Canal transit, New York, Norfolk, Baltimore, Savannah, Freeport (Bahamas), Charleston, Norfolk, Suez Canal transit, Jeddah, Colombo, Singapore, Chiwan and back to Hong Kong.