Port Of Virginia Widens Shipping Channel

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  • The Port of Virginia has opened a wider shipping channel, allowing two-way passage.
  • The Port will boast the deepest and widest channels on the US East Coast.
  • It is aimed to create a channel capable of safely accommodating container vessels.

The Port of Virginia has opened a wider shipping channel, allowing two-way passage for ultra-large container vessels (ULCV).

This development is part of a $1.4 billion strategic infrastructure investment package aimed at enhancing efficiency, accommodating larger cargo volumes, and increasing cargo movement speed, reports Dredging Today.

Dredging and Deepening Efforts

In addition to widening the channel, the port is dredging it and the Norfolk Harbor to 55 feet deep and the ocean approach to 59 feet deep.

By fall 2025, upon completion of the $450 million dredging project, The Port of Virginia will boast the deepest and widest channels on the US East Coast.

Testament to Collaboration

Capt. Whiting Chisman, president of the Virginia Pilot Association, hailed the completion of the project as a testament to the collaboration of all port stakeholders in Virginia.

The project, initiated over a decade ago, aimed at creating a channel capable of safely accommodating container vessels that were not expected to call the US East Coast for years to come.

Readiness for the Future

With these enhancements, the Port of Virginia affirms its readiness for the future and its capacity to handle increasing demands in the shipping industry.

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Source: Dredging Today