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CEO explains why Port of Virginia is running so smoothly

CALIFORNIA OVERLOADED PORTS
Posted at 2:39 PM, Nov 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-27 14:41:06-05

NORFOLK, Va. — Ports in California have been making headlines for their delays and supply chain backups. But the Port of Virginia has been running smoothly and outperforming other major ports on East Coast.

Virginia Port Authority CEO and Executive Director Stephen Edwards said this week that its terminals are doing better in part because they has fundamentally different operating structures than those in Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

For instance, Edwards said the two ports in the Los Angeles area are run by two distinct organizations. Virginia's terminals are run by one entity - the Virginia Port Authority. If one terminal has a congestion issue, the port authority can easily divert cargo to another terminal.

The Los Angeles area also has three trucking providers that are unrelated to the terminals. Virginia's port authority has sole control over the trucking fleet, Edwards said.

He also credited the terminal’s automated stacking cranes. Because of them, the port spends less time running extra shifts and burning out employees when ships are late.