Norfolk – The Port of Virginia has begun preparing its terminals for a winter storm that is forecast to bring snow accumulation, freezing temperatures and gusting winds to the region during the next 24 hours.
Presently, cargo operations at the terminals are proceeding per normal, but truck gates, empty container yards and rail operations will close today (Tuesday, Jan. 28) at 5 p.m. On Wednesday (Jan. 29), the gates, empty yards and rail operations will open at 1 p.m.
The port's operational team will reassess the situation throughout the storm and if modifications to this plan are required, additional announcements will be made no later than 10 a.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 29).
Newport News Marine Terminal will close today (Tuesday, Jan. 28) at 2 p.m., be closed all day Wednesday (Jan. 29) and reopen Thursday (Jan. 30) at 8 a.m. The weather is not forecast to have an impact on cargo operations at Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal. The Port of Richmond will be operating per normal.
Vessels on berth today (Jan. 28) will work until 9 p.m., but most pier-side cargo operations are expected to be completed by 7 p.m. Vessel operations at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and APM Terminals Portsmouth will resume at 1 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 29).
Employees at the port's World Trade Center office, administrative staff at the terminals and non-essential personnel will adjourn today (Jan. 28) at 1 p.m. and report back to their posts at 8 a.m. on Thursday (Jan. 30).
In advance of the storm, operations and maintenance personnel have begun spreading salt and sand at the terminals.
All motor carriers and port stakeholders are asked to monitor the local weather conditions and frequently check the port's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/#!/portofvirginia, its Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/PortofVirginia, and the homepages, www.portofvirginia.com and www.vit.org, for any changes to the schedule. A recorded operations message is also available at 757-686-6180.