The Port of Richmond Commission announced at their January board meeting that 2007 calendar year tonnage numbers had continued to show a positive trend ’ the Port of Richmond (Port) had a 4% increase in total tonnage; an 11% increase in waterborne tonnage; a 23% increase in teus; and a 40% increase in vessel calls. The rise in total tonnage, teus and vessel calls was due in part to Eimskip Shipping Line, a bi-monthly container/refrigerated container liner service to Canada and Iceland, that began serving the Port in November 2006. Independent Container Line’s strong performance, +11% in container traffic, also boosted the Port’s total tonnage to 464,279 short tons for the year.
The Port of Richmond is a domestic and international multi-modal cargo terminal on the Upper James River and is an operationally self-sufficient, free enterprise agency of the City of Richmond. In addition to marine cargo, the Port also serves as an important rail transshipment center with rail unloading and distribution capability for shippers in Central Virginia using CSXT and Norfolk Southern rail service.