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Port's Priority Projects

Navigational Summit

"Unrestricted Navigation"

Navigational Summit

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.

Mission Statement

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 activity.

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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Thank you to our Anchor Members



Virginia Maritime Association
236 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2639
Fax: 757-622-6302