New 55’ deep-water terminal is the largest privately owned container terminal in the United States, largest investment in Hampton Roads area.

APM Terminals Virginia officially opened its new $450 million, 291-acre container terminal (on 576 acres of land) to serve customers in the Hampton Roads region. This world-class maritime center, the third-largest container terminal in the United States, is capable of handling 1 million twenty- foot-equivalent units (teu) annually and has the potential to expand to handle a capacity of more than two million teu. The terminal will serve as an economic engine for new business in the region.

‘This project demonstrates what can be achieved when private and public interests work together to achieve a new standard of excellence,’ said Eric Sisco, President, APM Terminals North America. ‘The result is a win for the city, state, customers, and environment, as well as the Hampton Roads region.’

New technology at the terminal is designed to keep workers and drivers safe, while expediting cargo movement through use of the newest, most advanced handling equipment. The highly efficient, ‘green design’ of the facility incorporates energy-saving and emissions-conscious technology into the equipment and the terminal.

Safety technology
The yard area features weight-sensitive booths and remotely controlled cranes ’ the first of their kind in the United States. To ensure safety, drivers must exit their cabs and stand inside a booth before yard cranes can load their chassis. Remote control of cranes from an operations control center in the facility’s main building minimizes exposure to potential safety hazards.

Efficient cargo movement
Twelve inbound and 12 outbound high-efficiency gates minimize idling time, which reduces truck emissions and speeds cargo movement. Optical scanners and radio frequency identification (RFID) readers prompt more efficient truck entry and exit, directing trucks to the proper loading area, or if needed, a separate area dedicated to resolving problems. In addition, overhead electronic screens and a new on-line reservation system will optimize the flow of both trucks (turn time) and cargo movement on the terminal.

On-dock rail
On-dock rail will eliminate significant amounts of local truck traffic on local highways and in adjacent neighborhoods. Two RTGs will move containers from the rail cars on six tracks of on-dock rail.