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|Port's Priority Projects|
The Hampton Roads Navigational Summit is a stakeholder’s forum jointly sponsored by the VMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize navigational projects in the Port, obtain the resources and support necessary to move them forward, and with the mission of achieving "Unrestricted Navigation for the Port of Hampton Roads”. The Summit brings together participants from the maritime community, government, and elected office holders to work collaboratively to meet the Port’s dredging requirements.
At the inaugural Navigational Summit in 2006, the maritime community agreed on the following as the priority projects for the Port of Hampton Roads:
• Maintain the Norfolk Harbor Channel and Craney Island.
• Construct the Craney Island Eastern Expansion.
• Deepen the Southern Branch to the 45-foot and 40-foot authorized project level.
• Improve the South Atlantic Ocean Channel.
• Construct the 55-foot Norfolk Harbor Project.
These are the navigational needs that must be addressed and brought to reality for the Port of Hampton Roads to reach its fullest potential as a driver of regional and statewide economic activity.