Norfolk — As a result of the forecast for significant snow tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 25, and into Thursday morning, Feb. 26, The Port of Virginia is enacting its snow preparation, removal and resumption of operations plan.
This plan prioritizes snow removal at the terminals and the effort to restart operations as soon as possible with safety as the overriding goal.
Presently, the port is planning for five inches of snow and if that forecast holds, we anticipate:
• Port terminals closed Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27.
• Port administrative offices in Hampton Roads will be closed all day on Thursday, Feb. 26.
• Vessel and rail operations at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and Virginia International Gateway (VIG) are targeted for restoration by Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
• Truck gates at NIT, VIG and the PPCY will remain closed until 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.
• Truck gates at Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) will reopen at 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 1.
Depending on the amount of snow and how removal proceeds, if the terminals can open ahead of time, it will be immediately communicated.
Our hope is for a reopening of the NIT and VIG truck gates on Saturday morning, but it is necessary to plan for any eventuality. Any start time other than 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, will be communicated via the trucker alert system, Twitter, Facebook, the operational alerts section on www.portofvirginia.com and email.
Based upon the current weather forecast, truck gate operations will cease as per normal operating hours on Wednesday, Feb. 25. All terminal operations (vessel, rail, etc.) will cease at 11:59 p.m.
In advance of the storm, port operations and maintenance team members are spreading sand and salt at NIT and VIG. Further, the port’s snow removal assets have been readied and snow removal contractors are on notice.
The larger removal effort at NIT and VIG will begin on Thursday, Feb. 26, once the snowfall has ended. The priorities for removal are as follows: piers, rail and gates.
Once the terminals have been reopened, the slippery conditions will dictate a slower pace of operations. The port will extend its free-time to cover the anticipated closure; we encourage motor carriers to use the weekend gates on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1 to make-up for lost time.
The priorities for clearing and reopening are as follows: 1) NIT and VIG 2) PPCY and NCY 3) PMT 4) NNMT 5) POC / Administration Building
Based on the forecast track of this weather system, the Port of Richmond and the Virginia Inland Port should be largely unaffected. Operating hours at those two facilities remain unchanged.
Wednesday, Feb. 25
• Normal closing hours at all truck gates
• HARD STOP for all POV terminal ops in Hampton Roads at 11:59 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 26
• VIG, NIT, PMT, NNMT closed
• Administrative offices closed
• Port of Richmond and Virginia Inland Port – normal hours
Friday, Feb. 27
• All Hampton Roads marine terminals closed o Vessel and rail ops at NIT and VIG resume at 7 p.m.
• Administrative offices closed
• Port of Richmond and Virginia Inland Port – normal hours
Saturday, Feb. 28
• Truck gates at NIT, NCY, VIG and PPCY open 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• PMT closed
• NNMT closed
Sunday, March 1
• Truck gates at NIT, NCY, VIG and PPCY open 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Gates at NNMT and PMT open at 8 a.m.
Monday, March 2
• Resumption of normal operations at all terminals and offices
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