Wallenius Wilhelmson renews Virginia port contract
The Virginia Port Authority said Wednesday it has signed a five-year, follow-on contract with ocean freight carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics worth at least $20 million.
WWL, a joint venture between Sweden’s Wallenius Lines and Norway’s Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA, will primarily transport machine tools from Japan and natural rubber from Indonesia to be offloaded by the port’s own operating company. The contract includes a five-year option for the cargo line, which has served the Port of Norfolk for more than 20 years.
Vessels in WWL’s Far East Service call at Norfolk International Terminals three times per month. Starting this summer, the port will shift those vessels to Newport News Marine Terminal, which is being converted from general cargo to a dedicated breakbulk cargo terminal.
WWL also operates a processing center for Japanese vehicles at Newport News Marine Terminal.