Norfolk – The Port of Virginia in late June was the recipient of a host of accolades that include recognition for environmental stewardship, an overall quality award for port operations and an award for innovation. The awards came from industry and trade publications as well as a statewide sustainable building think tank.
"It is nice to be recognized for your efforts every now and then," said Jerry A. Bridges, the executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. "But we're not in this for the accolades. We're engaged in these initiatives because there is a positive impact on customer service, the delivery of service, the community, the environment and an economic benefit to the port."
The port earned a 2012 Quest for Quality Award having been selected as a Quality Port in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic category by Logistics Management magazine.
For the past 28 years, Logistic Management's Quest for Quality survey has been a third-party evaluation in the transportation and logistics industry, asking shippers who read LM, to rate and rank the transportation and logistics service providers they use. Until this year the categories shippers evaluated included: ocean, air, rail/intermodal, 3PLs and motor freight. In 2012 the magazine added the sea ports category, broken down into five geographic regions – Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, South, Gulf Coast, West Coast, and the Great Lakes Region.
Shippers were asked to rate the Ports they use as follows: ease of doing business; value; ocean carrier network; intermodal network; equipment and operations
"The Port of Virginia has earned a 2012 Quest for Quality Award being selected as a quality port in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic category," said Paul C. Kenny of Peerless Media, the publishing group that owns Logistics Management. "In fact, you scored the highest – finishing first. Quality doesn't come cheap. Innovation, anticipating change, reinvestment – they represent a commitment to quality that has moved you to the forefront of today's transportation and logistics industry."
The Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN), at a ceremony held June 28 in Lynchburg, presented the VPA a special commendation in the Best Green Organization category in this year's Green Innovation Awards process. The City of Norfolk nominated the VPA for this award.
The VSBN is the only statewide organization that brings together representatives from diverse sectors who are interested in building healthy, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly buildings and sustainable communities.
The final award of the month came from Inbound Logistics, a magazine dedicated to issues in supply chain and logistics management. The Port of Virginia was named as a leader in the magazine's G75, Green Supply Chain Partners 2012.
"The companies selected as this year's Green Supply Chain Partners are truly 'walking the walk,'" said Felecia Stratton, editor of Inbound Logistics. "These 75 visionaries have a long-standing history of driving efficiencies in their customers' operations and an internal commitment to be as lean and green as possible."