The Port of Virginia is now offering Ocean Network Express (ONE)’s West India – North America (WIN) service. The WIN vessel made its first call to the port on June 23, marking a significant addition to the port’s service offerings.

Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, emphasized the importance of this new service. He noted that it provides a direct link to western India and Pakistan, growing markets for export cargo. Ocean carrier HMM shares space on this service, which it calls the India America Express (IAX) service.

“This service gives exporters quicker access to the Indian Subcontinent, a region with growing trade potential,” Edwards said. “It offers excellent opportunities for exporters of agricultural products, like cotton and grain, to quickly reach these markets.”

The port highlighted the significance of last-out vessel calls for exporters. These calls ensure goods are loaded and transported directly to the market without extra stops along the East Coast, speeding up delivery times. The east-to-west port rotation includes Virginia, Bin Qasim in Pakistan, and Mundra, Hazira, and Nhava Sheva on India’s west coast.

Edwards added that this service allows exporters to take advantage of the port’s growing assets and its rail link to Memphis, a major logistics center in the Southeast.

In March, Skanska secured a contract from the Port of Virginia to improve Norfolk International Terminal North Wharf, enhancing the port’s infrastructure.

Source: Port Technology