Virginia begins berth expansion
The Virginia Port Authority has begun berth expansion at its terminal in Norfolk.
Workers last week began driving test pilings at Norfolk International Terminals to begin a project that will further expand the port's cargo handling capacity.
The project will extend the terminal's north berth by 900 feet, and add three Suez-class cranes. In addition the dockside depth is being dredged to 50 feet, and 19 acres of backlands/container yard is being reconfigured for straddle carrier operations. The dredging is underway and the backlands work is 98 percent complete.
Cost of the projects is about $76 million: $32 million for the wharf expansion, $11.2 million for reconfiguring the backlands, $8.7 million for dredging, and an estimated $24 million for new cranes.