The Hampton Roads Navigational Summit is a stakeholder’s
forum jointly sponsored by the VMA, the Virginia Port Authority, 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.
To meet the present and future needs of the Port through the provisions of a safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally compatible commercial and military navigation system and related land-based support facilities.
Virginia's Port Priority Projects:
At the inaugural Navigational
Summit in 2006, the maritime community agreed on the following as the priority
projects for Virginia's Ports:
- 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
Wider. Deeper. Safer®
VMA debuted “Wider Deeper Safer®” at the 2008 Navigational Summit, using the message as a tool for advocating support of dredging Virginia’s harbors to depths and widths that support simultaneous two-way navigation of any-size ship. This becomes increasingly important as the number of ultra large container vessels calling Virginia continues to increase.
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