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29 Summer 2016 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings ensures sustainable growth. Competitive participation in the global market depends in part upon being able to efficiently trans- fer goods through port facilities and keep pace with changes in the industry, includ- ing bigger vessels and changing trade pat- terns. To leverage the shift in trade patterns and the move to shipping alliances and larger vessels, we must expand capacity and improve the port's ability to handle larger container ships—from the water and the land. The port's average annual growth rate since 2012 (measured in containers on a calendar-year basis) is 7.6 percent, and the port forecasts that growth will con- tinue over the next several years. Norfolk International Terminal redevel- opment: By summer 2016, the new North Gate Complex — the first project of the first phase of the optimization of Norfolk International Terminals — is anticipated to be nearing its finish. Following the North Gate project, NIT will be re- engineered to become a rail-mounted gantry crane opera- tion. This $350 million project will increase NIT's capacity by 700,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry stan- dard of measurement for container volume) without add- ing a single inch to the property. In addition to increasing capacity, it will increase efficiency and decrease emissions, as the rail-mounted gantries run on electricity rather than the diesel-powered straddle carrier operation the terminal currently utilizes. Virginia International Gateway expansion: This project will provide the capacity to handle an additional 1.1 mil- lion TEUs annually and bring the terminal's total annual capacity to two-plus million TEUs. The $320 million proj- ect entails expanding the rail operation, adding container stacks, introducing new cargo conveyance equipment, and extending the berth. Craney Island Marine Terminal development: The expan- sion at VIG and NIT optimization will provide a bridge to the port's long-term goal of developing Craney Island Marine Terminal — a 28-crane, 5 million-TEU facility that will bring the port's total capacity to nearly 10 million TEUs. Our natural assets, long-term capital plan, and deepening effort puts us on a path for sustainable growth over the long term. This will collectively result in jobs, revenue, invest- ment, and reinvestment for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Innovation What are some of the innovative ways the Port of Virginia is making the port safer, more efficient, more effective, and more sustainable? Running a sustainable port requires a stable platform to ensure effective and efficient business operations that promote responsible future growth. That's why we have adopted and maintained certifications in the ISO 14001 environmental management system and ISO 9001 quality management system programs. In the spirit of continual improvement, we have recently expanded these successful programs to create an enterprise- wide business operating system. In addition to combining our ISO 14001 and 9001 activities, the business operating system is the way we do business — codifying, promulgat- ing, and following those best practices that make us the port of choice for our customers and key stakeholders. Service-Level Improvements We have achieved service-level improvements that increase the flow of cargo and reduce turn times and container dwell times. To do so, we made a number of innovative changes across our organization. At the time of this writing, we'd grown the size of our chassis pool by nearly 1,500 units over the previous 12 months — a 10 percent increase over the pre- vious year. This larger pool allows truckers to more quickly access an appropriate trailer for their load. Additionally, our empty container yard is located off of, but adjacent to, our marine terminals. With this configuration, we cut a trucker's turn time roughly in half compared to a Economic Economic Impacts FY 2013 Impacts Economic Impacts FY 2013 FY Economic Impacts FY 2013 2013 Economic Impacts FY 2013 Source: The Fiscal Year 2013 Virginia Economic Impacts of The Port of Virginia, Raymond A. Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary. Graphic courtesy of the Port of Virginia.