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The Tampa Port Authority has signed a letter of intent with Green Express (GX) for the development of an on-dock transload and rail-served facility connecting the Port of Tampa to the Midwest market region. In Norfolk, the Virginia Port Authority’s reorganization took a step forward earlier this month with the conversion of its terminal operating company, Virginia International Terminals, to a Virginia limited liability company.

Tampa Port Authority Signs Agreement to Develop Express Rail Service for Refrigerated Cargoes 

The Tampa Port Authority has signed a letter of intent with Green Express (GX) for the development of an on-dock transload and rail-served facility connecting the Port of Tampa to the Midwest market region.

The new GX express service is operated by CSX Transportation, which will provide two dedicated express trains per week, connecting Tampa and the Chicago/Kingsbury(IN) area in just 56 hours.

The GX train will serve a mix of refrigerated and dry products, offering efficiencies to the food and agricultural industry in Florida and the Midwest markets, as well as providing ocean carriers serving these markets with a more efficient option.

"We are proud to be part of this great initiative, together with the Green Express group, and CSX Transportation. This service supports our efforts to make the Port of Tampa a major gateway for the Florida market and beyond," said Port Authority CEO Paul Anderson.

"CSX is proud to support the trend toward more rail shipments of fresh produce by offering a creative and flexible pipeline from the farm to the table," said Belinda Hess, director of marketing for Food & Consumer at CSX Transportation. "We also appreciate the strong relationships, intense focus and blended expertise by everyone working on this important supply chain solution, which meets the needs of our customers and ultimately those of the consumers."

Rendering of the completed on-dock transloading facility that will accommodate a variety of refrigerated cargoes that will be delivered by ship to the Port of Tampa and then transported by train to the Midwest market. 
Source/Tampa Port Authority

Virginia International Terminals Converted to LLC 

The Virginia Port Authority’s (VPA) reorganization took a step forward earlier this month with the conversion of its terminal operating company, Virginia International Terminals, to a Virginia limited liability company. 

The Virginia State Corporation Commission approved the conversion, which became effective August 17. The new name is Virginia International Terminals, LLC. 

"This is an important step toward streamlining our structure and becoming more aligned with VPA," said Joseph P. Ruddy, chief operating officer of VIT. "Operationally, nothing has changed, we are the same company. We have the same address, the same assets and liabilities and we have the same responsibility, which is to move cargo across these terminals as efficiently, economically and safely as possible.

The change will have no effect on contracts or other binding agreements that were signed during VIT’s time as a corporation. 
The move is part of a larger reorganization plan that was adopted in May by the VPA Board of Commissioners. When complete, the reorganization will centralize port operations under the direct oversight of the VPA.  
 

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