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September port traffic up 11 percent

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The Port of Virginia handled an 11 percent increase in TEUs over September 2011, the Virginia Port Authority reported Friday.

The port handled 182,318 TEUs — or 20-foot equivalent units —in September. Port container traffic is up 8.3 percent year-to-date with a total of 1.5 million TEUs handled.

September’s numbers reflect eight consecutive months of gains in port traffic and the best fiscal-year start in the Port of Virginia’s history in terms of the volume of containers, TEUs and container tonnage handled and the second-best quarter overall in the history of the port for TEU and container volumes. Only the fourth quarter of 2007 was better.

“In addition, we have had the best month in our history in four of the last five months,” Rodney W. Oliver, the Virginia Port Authority’s interim executive director, said in a statement.  “The first-in and last-out vessel calls, expanding rail services and our effort to grow market share is really paying dividends.”

Containers brought to and from the port via rail increase 15.6 percent to 33,802 in September. The number of containers moved between the Port of Richmond and Hampton Roads on the 64 Express barge service was 490, or three times that of last year. The barge service recently added a third sailing each week.


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