Virginia Port Authority reports slight container volume gain in January
An article from the VA-Pilot port news dated Feb 17,2016:
• By Robert McCabe
The Virginian-Pilot

Containers stacked at Virginia International Gateway in Portsmouth, as photographed Jan. 15, 2016.

Container volume at the port’s terminals ticked slightly upward in January, posting a year-over-year gain of 0.4 percent, the Virginia Port Authority announced Tuesday.
From July through January, the first seven months of the 2016 fiscal year, container volume as measured in standard 20-foot units, or TEUs, grew 2.8 percent from the same period a year ago.
The port handled 192,844 TEUs last month, up from 191,996 in January 2015.
“Though modest, our volumes in January were the best on record for that month,” John Reinhart, executive director and CEO of the authority, said in a statement. “We continue to track according to our forecast and it is our expectation that volumes for the balance of the winter and into the spring will be relatively flat.”

Truck-container volume for the month was up 1.2 percent year-over-year, while rail volume dipped 2.5 percent. From July through January, truck-container volume was flat, up 0.5 percent from the same period a year earlier; rail volume rose 6.5 percent. Richmond Marine Terminal had its best January on record, moving 1,295 containers, a 45 percent gain year-over-year; the Richmond facility’s container volume is up nearly 13 percent so far this fiscal year, the authority reported. Total barge-container volume for the month fell 30.8 percent from last year and 25.8 percent for the first seven months of the fiscal year. Last year, 64 percent of the authority’s cargo moved by truck, 33 percent by rail and 3 percent by barge.

The port’s 0.4 percent year-over-year bump in container volume last month followed drops in November and December of 2.5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. The Port of New York/New Jersey’s website had not posted January numbers as of Tuesday afternoon, though it showed gains in November and December of 3.3 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. Savannah, Ga., reported a 2.8 percent drop in TEU volume in January, following a 6.3 percent year-over-year decline in December and a 4.7 percent gain in November. Charleston, S.C., saw gains in November and December of 6.5 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively. January figures for Charleston were not available Tuesday.

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