Customer Bulletin March 24, 2015

Port of Virginia Terminal Congestion

Dear Valued Customer,
Carriers, including HMM, are experiencing severe congestion at The Port of Virginia facilities, especially at Virginia International Gateway (VIG). Results of this extraordinary volume of containers, is having an effect on the velocity of containers required to be drayed between Norfolk International Terminal (NIT)/Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) and CSX.


This backlog of containers are the lingering effects of the snowstorms that hit the East Coast this winter that caused five vessels with 7,000+ containers to miss their scheduled arrival at Norfolk. In early March, these vessels added more cargo to terminals that were already near capacity after four days of terminals being closed and the affects thereafter when longshoremen were forced to deal with snow piles, ice and sub-freezing conditions on terminals.

The Port of Virginia has enacted a recovery plan to address the impact of volume on those CSX-destined containers that includes additional dray power (43 trucks) to target the accumulation of container and utilizing an inter-terminal barge service to reposition containers to NIT and PMT. Also, they have extended hours of operation at all The Port of Virginia facilities and even reach out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for permission to pay overtime for customs officers working extended operating hours.

Portsmouth Marine Terminal is being put to greater use by again, offering open gates this Saturday, March 28th, from 8am to 5pm. Continued barge operation are being reviewed and/or planned as PMT berth capacity and equipment resources are available and sufficient. Also, night operations will continue to be utilized whenever possible, primarily with the spotlight on the PMT lanes to protect the barged units.

Hyundai will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact your local Hyundai Representative or our Dallas Customer Service Center at 1-877-7HYUNDAI.
Hyundai Merchant Marine Ltd.
Americas Headquarters – Dallas, TX