Intermodal Set for Takeoff
Posted on Jul 13, 2015 by Web Developer
The first of the mighty post-Panamax ships has yet to sail through the still expanding Panama Canal, but already their impact is being felt.
Intermodal traffic started the year at a record high, with an average of 251,000 containers shipped weekly in January.
Inland as well as sea ports are getting ready. The Heartland Intermodal Gateway is slated to open in December in Prichard, W.Va. It is backed by Allied Logistics and others.
Feeding off the Heartland Corridor project to expand rail tunnels to accommodate double-stacked rail cars, the gateway is set on a 100-acre plot providing on-dock rail at the Ports of Virginia with double-stack clearance through southern West Virginia to Chicago. Set off the Big Sandy on a Norfolk Southern line at the western tip of West Virginia, the gateway will be used as a cargo-transfer station with industrial and warehouse space on site.
Thirty intermodal sites have opened since 2000. Intermodal traffic increased 5 percent in each of the last two years, according Colliers International.
Set along South Delphine Avenue in Waynesboro, Va., the Delphine Enterprise Center offers it all — 464,000 square feet of space, immediate access to interstates, on-site rail service and more. A local company recently announced plans to locate there, and more tenants are expected. An Allied Logistics holding company purchased the center in 2012.
“It’s an excellent site offering ideal location and facilities,” said Allied Realty President Rebecca Polan.
In addition to office and customizable open space, the site features rejuvenated warehouse and manfacturing space and eight resin silos with a storage capacity of more than 1.3 million pounds.