Recognizing the adverse impact of winter storm Leon, and the three days of lost rail productivity associated with the storm, and in order to insure the fluid flow of customer cargo at state-controlled container terminals in Hampton Roads, The Port of Virginia announces the following:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - We announce, with regret, the decision to temporarily ban the movement of EMPTY ocean containers by rail, to and from Port of Virginia terminals. The dispatch and/or receipt of empty ocean containers by rail is EMBARGOED at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and APM Terminals Portsmouth. Our railroad partners are advised of the embargo and we want to work with our valued customers to mitigate any adverse impact on your operating network.
Any empty containers ramped on, or before, February 2, 2014, will be accepted and processed.
The movement of LOADED containers by rail remains unrestricted both inbound and outbound. The movement of empty containers by truck continues to be governed by the empty matrix maintained by the port's operating company, VIT, LLC.
Since Tuesday night, January 28th, when the first snow began to fall, our operations team has shown great commitment and tenacity in their efforts to return the terminals to efficient operating conditions. Warmer temperatures and rain assisted those efforts in the last 24 hours, so that nearly all snow and ice has been cleared from The Port of Virginia terminals. However, despite operating Saturday gates at NIT and APMT on February 1st, on-terminal cargo volumes remain high.
We are committed to open communication with our valued customers and partners and we will continue to apprise you of developments. Your patience and flexibility is greatly appreciated.
Customer inquiries should be directed to The Port of Virginia Customer Service Team, led by John Jackson, at 757-440-7000.