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Virginia port reports strong May volume; Oregon port installs Koch as CEO


The Port of Virginia in May handled 178,584 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 12.6 percent compared with May 2011 volume.

Total rail containers handled climbed 21.6 percent to 33,221, breakbulk tonnage jumped 59 percent to 25,161 tons and the number of containers moved between the Port of Richmond, Va., and Hampton Roads Harbor on the 64 Express barge service skyrocketed 144 percent to 1,019.

Through 2012’s first five months, the Port of Virginia handled 826,297 TEUs, up 4.3 percent year over year. Total rail containers rose 13 percent to 148,794, breakbulk tonnage jumped 24 percent to 153,415 tons and 64 Express barge service volume leaped 97 percent to 3,994 containers.

CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway, Eastern Shore Railroad and Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad serve the port.

Meanwhile, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Port Commission has appointed David Koch chief executive officer. He has served as the port’s interim CEO since December 2011 and chief operating officer since October 2010.

He previously practiced as an attorney with law firm Stebbins & Coffey from 2006 to 2010, handling legal issues for the port and other public entities.

Koch assumes the top post at a time of transition for the port, which is strengthening its role as the owner of the Coos Bay rail line and advocating for diversification of maritime commerce, port commission officials said in a prepared statement. He will be tasked with helping the port attract private investment in the rail line, they said.