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November 11 2019 | The Journal of Commerce 19 International Maritime increase annual throughput at VIG by expanding from 15 con- tainer stacks to 28 stacks. VIG also completed construction of an expanded intermodal rail, which allows CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway to build 10,000-foot trains that should more efficient and allow containers to be stacked tighter than before, which should increase capacity by 700,000 TEU to 2.4 million TEU annually. To help achieve the higher capac- ity, the SCPA is moving the chassis strategy to ensure we run efficient operations and remain competitive in the era of big ships." The Wando facility will have 15 large cranes by 2021. The Leather- man Terminal, due to open in 2021, will have five cranes in one berth capable of lifting 169 feet. To handle the additional cargo, SCPA is increasing the number of containers it can handle inside the Wando Terminal. Container yard operations are being converted from a manual picking system to rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs). Newsome said the 60-plus RTGs are depot from inside the terminal to a parking lot outside the terminal gates. The biggest challenge will be to maintain the 45-minute average turn time while handling simul- taneous 14,000-TEU vessels, or a single 19,000-TEU vessel. The SCPA is spending $450 million on the Wando upgrades. Leatherman opens Phase one of the Leatherman terminal will open in 2021 with 700,000 TEU capacity using one berth. Phase two will increase capacity to 1.5 million TEU with an additional berth by 2026. The final phase will raise the annual through- put to 2.4 million TEU by 2032 with another berth. SCPA will spend a total of $1.5 billion on the project over the next 13 years. There will also be an intermodal container transfer facility near Leatherman connected by a private access road. There are no on-dock rail facilities in the Wando Terminal, so the port must employ local dray- age companies to shuttle containers from Mount Pleasant to either the CSX Transportation or Norfolk Southern Railway facilities in North Charleston. With an intermodal facility near Leatherman, a barge service will be set up to shuttle containers between terminals to be placed on trains. JOC email: twitter: @arijashe shorten the container dwell time between vessel discharge and place- ment on a train. Construction also is ongoing to double the size of the Norfolk Inter- national Terminals container yard. Until now, NIT had 15 container stacks using manually operated cranes. It will eventually have 30 stacks with semi-automated cranes, 18 of which will be in place shortly. Through September, laden vol- ume in Virginia had climbed 2.6 percent to 1.76 million TEU com- pared with the year-ago period. Laden imports were up about 6 percent, while laden exports had fallen nearly 2 percent, according to PIERS, a sister product of The Journal of Commerce within IHS Markit. JOC email: twitter: @arijashe "Bigger cranes are part of our strategy to remain competitive in the era of big ships." "Vessel sizes continue to expand, so safe, two-way traffic is important to the sustainability and efficiency of the port."

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