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Bigger Ships Demand Stronger Partnerships

Thursday, December 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David White

The Big Ship Era has arrived at the Port of Virginia.  Collaboration and cooperation have been hallmarks of Virginia’s maritime community that have positioned our port to lead the way as ever-larger ships increasingly come to the U.S. East Coast.  The partnerships among port businesses, the Virginia Port Authority, and the Federal agencies that support maritime will need to be stronger than ever as we pursue Wider, Deeper, Safer channels to more efficiently handle tomorrow’s ships.

Today, our experiences with the Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV) since May have tested our port operations and again proven the importance of the partnerships among the many businesses and port partners it takes to safely and efficiently handle these ships - to the competitive advantage of our port and our Commonwealth.

The ULCV’s have introduced new operating dynamics, affecting and requiring those that work with these ships and move the greater volumes of cargo they carry to adjust and adapt.  In this newsletter we will begin a series of articles to highlight the contributions and changes made by port partners to handle the ULCV’s; such as ship agents, pilots, tug operators, the U.S. Coast Guard, the marine terminals, stevedores, the ILA, importers & exporters, customs brokers & freight forwarders, Customs & Border Protection, motor carriers and others in the supply chain.   

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