Truck drivers Call for an End to Congestion at the Port of Virginia

The Virginian-Pilot reports that truck drivers called for an end to congestion at the Port of Virginia during a meeting attended by a port executive.

About 50 drivers gathered on Feb 22 in Norfolk and called for a resolution to what many saw as intolerable delays at the terminals.  The meeting was attended by the director of terminal services for Virginia International Terminals, which runs the ports facilities.

Owner-operator George Berry, an OOIDA (Owner -operator Independent Drivers Association) member from Chesapeake, Va., said delays to get loaded at the port used to be about an hour, but the detention time has grown to three or four hours per trip.

The meeting came several days after the Port of Virginia announced the formation of a motor carrier task force. The group’s objective is to suggest solutions to delays at the port’s state-controlled marine terminals.

As port CEO John Reinhart said in a statement, the task force will go deeper with issues typically handled by the Port Advisory Conference, specifically focusing on safety, turn times, delays at the gates, the availability of chassis and the development of an appointment system. The appointment system would meter the flow of traffic and eliminate a “rush hour” effect within proximity of the port.

The truckers’ next meeting is scheduled for March 29.