Last Updated: 2010-01-19

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR . . .

Port of Richmond Commission

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2008/2009, Christopher Beschler, the City's Director of Public Utilities, replaced CAO Sheila Hill-Christian on the Port Commission. Mr. Beschler became the Interim CAO when Ms. Hill-Christian left City service. Before coming to Richmond, Mr. Beschler was Chief Operating Officer for Yankee Gas Services Company, Connecticut's largest natural gas utility. Carthan F. Currin III, City of Richmond Director of Economic Development, is Mr. Beschler's alternate on the Commission.

Richmond City Council adopted resolutions during the second quarter of fiscal year 2008/2009 reappointing Thomas H. Spence, Robert A. Strickland and John F. Winter, II, to the Port of Richmond Commission. Cmsr. Spence is a Colonel USA, retired, and former Fleet and Communications Manager for Chesterfield County who was appointed to the board in 2005. Cmsr. Strickland, a user member, who is a Customer Care and Logistics Manager at Honeywell International Inc., was originally appointed in 2006, and Cmsr. Winter, Chief of Capital Projects for the City of Richmond, has been on the board since 1999.

The Port of Richmond Commission approved a proposal for a five-year contract extension with Federal Marine Terminals, Port operator since 1996, at the November Commission meeting. The proposal will go before City Council for their approval early in the new year.

Norfolk-Richmond Barge Service

A new container-on-barge service between Norfolk and Richmond, called the 64 Express, began service on December 1, 2008. Now owned by Norfolk Tug Company, this service has a goal of providing an alternative means of moving freight into and out of the Hampton Roads area, well known for its congestion and gridlock. The 64 Express, part of the American Marine Highway Program, will decrease highway, bridge and tunnel congestion and lessen the detrimental environmental impact made by truck traffic. As many as 58,000 truck trips a year along the I-64 corridor could be reduced by the third year of the service's operation. The 64 Express is also expected to encourage the creation of additional distribution centers in the Richmond region.

The partnership of the Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Maritime Administration, the Virginia Port Authority, the Port of Richmond, the Virginia DOT, the Federal Highway Administration, and the private sector, made the 64 Express possible. To ship containers on the 64 Express, call Norfolk Tug Company, (757)545-1981, or visit the new website, www.64express.com.

James River Navigation Channel

The Deepwater Terminal Turning Basin Expansion Project remains on the final path to schedule construction. A new cost estimate for additional environmental controls during construction dredging required additional federal and local funds for the project. The Request for Bids had to be temporarily delayed due to a federal funding shortfall. Placement site work is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2009 with dredging to start in July 2009. The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled maintenance dredging at the Port of Richmond for the last week in December.

New Regional Trucking Depots

Independent Container Line, the Port's principal carrier since 1985, has opened regional trucking depots in the mid-west in an on-going effort to improve service and offerings to their customers. Palletized cargo up to 5,000 pounds per pallet can be accepted at these depots which are currently operational in Forest View, IL (Chicago area), Livonia, MI (Detroit area) and Van Wert, OH (Ohio and Indiana regions). For additional information about ICL, call (804)222-2220 or visit their web site at www.icl-ltd.com.

Terminal Operations

Jim Bailey, General Manager/Federal Marine Terminals (FMT) reported at the November Marketing Committee meeting that Kristjan Kristjansson was now working on-site at the Port as an Inventory Manager for Eimskip Shipping Line. Mr. Kristjansson is in charge of the distribution of bottled Icelandic glacial water. Mr. Bailey also informed the Committee that the first phase of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) enrollment process was successfully completed at ICL's corporate office in August. The final phase of the TWIC enrollment process is expected to take place at the Port of Richmond in late December. To ship through Richmond, call (804)275-9248 or go on-line to FMT's newly-developed web site, www.fmtcargo.com.

Virginia International Business Council

The VAIBC, formerly the Richmond Export Import Club, is having a luncheon meeting on January 28, 2009, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The keynote speaker is Robert Stoddart, Executive Vice President, Crosspointe, Rolls-Royce North America. Mr. Stoddart, with Rolls-Royce for twenty-five years, is managing the construction program, engaging suppliers and partners, and creating the on-site management team and organization of the new Rolls-Royce aero engine facility currently under development in Prince George County, Virginia. Visit the Council's web site, www.vaibc.org for more information about this event.

Mark Your Calendar!

The VCU School of Business 15th Annual International Business Forum will be held on February 24 (Tuesday), 2009, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., at the VCU Student Commons Ballroom, in Richmond, Virginia. This highly attended and prestigious event brings business community representatives and students together to discuss the global issues that are shaping the contemporary international business world. The forum is open to the public at no charge and a reception will follow the event. All questions should be directed to Dr. Van R. Wood, Philip Morris Chair in International Business at (804)828-1746 or vrwood@vcu.edu.

Speaking of the Port

M. David McNeel, Port Executive Director, is available to speak to organizations and groups about the Port of Richmond - the Gateway to Central Virginia. If you are interested in your group learning more about the Port of Richmond, contact Port staff at portrich@richmondgov.com or call (804)646-2020.

Contact Information:

PCI of Virginia, LLC
Terminal Operator
5000 Deepwater Terminal Rd.
Richmond, VA
23234-2281 USA
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Fax: (804)726-3094

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