VMA2020 | Celebrating 100 Years of Maritime Growth

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“We'd like to congratulate the VMA on its 100th Anniversary for everything the VMA has done for the port of Virginia and all the companies supporting it. We especially appreciate the ability to increase our shipments around the port and throughout Virginia. Thank you very much and we look forward to celebrating at the banquet this year!"

 

 


Enviva Depends on the Port; Strong VMA Leadership to Conduct Business Every Day


Every day, Enviva relies on the Port of Virginia for its business livelihood.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of wood pellets, Enviva exports 1.6 million tons of product each year through the Port of Virginia. The company also exports from facilities in Wilmington, NC; Panama City, FL; Mobile, AL and, starting in 2020, Pascagoula, MS.

The Enviva team knows the value of robust maritime commerce, and that’s why it appreciates the efforts of the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) to act on its behalf.

“The VMA is critical in helping us meet increased customer demand,” says Aaron Anseeuw, port manager with Enviva Port of Chesapeake and a VMA board member. “The VMA has the relationships within government and always looks out for its members’ best interests.”

Enviva exports wood pellets to clients in countries like the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands who use them instead of coal to fuel power plants.

On average, the company relies on one bulk carrier a week to bring 45,000-50,000 tons of pellets to their clients in Europe.

To do so, Enviva draws on a range of port-related businesses including vessel owners, local agents and tugboats. Many of those relationships come through networking at VMA events.

“We especially appreciate the VMA’s efforts to widen and deepen the southern branch of the Elizabeth River,” says Anseeuw. “That will allow us to use larger bulk carriers and take more pellets across the ocean to our customers.”

The Enviva team congratulates the VMA on 100 years and looks forward to the celebratory banquet in May 2020.

“For the VMA to stay strong all these years, it speaks to the impact it has on the maritime industry every day,” said Anseeuw. “They tackle big initiatives, are pro-business and remain committed to companies like ours that depend on the port year over year.”







“We'd like to congratulate the VMA on its 100th Anniversary for everything the VMA has done for the port of Virginia and all the companies supporting it."
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Ashley McLeod

Ashley McLeod

Vice President of Communications and Membership
Virginia Maritime Association
ashley@vamaritime.com
(757) 628-2678

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