Port of Virginia expansion boosts ultralarge container vessel capacity

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The Port of Virginia recently completed a project to widen its ship channel to allow better access for the world’s largest container ships.

The port’s shipping channel is now up to 1,400 feet wide in some areas, allowing simultaneous two-way traffic of ultralarge container vessels (ULCVs) traveling through Norfolk Harbor, officials said. 

“Before the channel was widened, the Coast Guard would have to put restrictions on the channel for vessels to pass. When ULCVs are on their way in or out, it...


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