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Two new proposals for privatizing Virginia’s port

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The Washington-based Carlyle Group and the partnership of Carrix Inc. and Goldman Sachs submitted two new bids today to operate the state’s ports. The deadline for submitting bids was today at 10 a.m. Carrix is the parent company of SSA Marine of Seattle.

That brings the total number of unsolicited proposals to three. Illinois-based CenterPoint Properties already had submitted a plan to operate the state’s three marine terminals, the Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal and a proposed new facility, Craney Island Marine Terminal in Portsmouth.

The Virginia Port Authority currently owns the facilities. They are operated by Virginia International Terminals, the VPA’s private, non-stock operating company. 

The proposals will be reviewed in accordance with the state’s Public-Private Transportation Act. After determining that guidelines of the law have been met, the state will make the proposals available to the public at the port’s Web site at http://www.portofvirginia.com


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