Maritime & Logistics

Virginia Beach is a location of choice for businesses in the maritime and logistics sector.

The region is home to the Port of Virginia, the third-busiest container port on the East Coast, and offers a strong intermodal infrastructure that includes two Class 1 railroads (Norfolk Southern and CSX) and major North/South and East/West interstate highway connections. The region is currently investing heavily in land transportation infrastructure including over $5.8 billion in interstate system expansion and improvements (Source: Virginia Beach Community Profile, 2020).

The Port of Virginia is a powerful economic engine for the region.

The region’s strong port and manufacturing sectors have helped create a dynamic Maritime & Logistics business infrastructure in the Virginia Beach MSA, including a variety of industrial locations such as Airport Industrial Park and Oceana West/Oceana South Business Parks.

Roughly 85 million U.S. consumers live within a one-day drive of Virginia Beach.
More than 200 million U.S. consumers live within a two-day drive of Virginia Beach.

Double stack rail service is offered by two Class 1 rail companies: Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX. Currently, both companies operate approximately 40,500 miles of track in 23 states in the Southeast and Midwest, as well as two Canadian provinces.

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Source: Virginia Beach Community Profile

Given its close proximity to The Port of Virginia, the deepest harbor on the East Coast, the City has naturally gained a heavy concentration of businesses involved in freight transportation arrangement, marine cargo handling, logistics consulting services, port, and harbor operations, coastal and deep-sea freight transportation, supply chain management, and warehousing and storage.

Major Maritime and Logistics Companies in Virginia Beach

COMPANYEMPLOYEES
Huntington Ingalls – Technical Solutions500
Atlantic Dominion Distributors280
E.L. Hamm & Associates Inc.200
Atlantic Container Line80
Eimskip50

Key Positions - Average Annual Salaries

POSITIONEmployed*VIRGINIA BEACH MSAUNITED STATES
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
1,360$94,080
$99,590
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
1,570$82,020
$89,740
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Materials Movers
10,540$30,570
$33,760

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSA, USA May 2020 (Latest Data); *MSA Number of Employed


Driving Distance to Major Cities

DestinationMilesKilometersTravel Time
Washington, D.C.
203
327
3 hrs. 23 min.
Philadelphia, PA
344
554
5 hrs. 44 min.
New York, NY
400
644
6 hrs. 40 min.
Knoxville, TN
516
830
8 hrs. 36min.
Atlanta, GA
585
941
9 hrs. 45 min.
Boston, Ma
642
1,033
10 hrs. 42 min.
Detroit, MI
732
1,178
12 hrs. 12 min.
Chicago, IL
890
1,432
14 hrs. 50 min.
Dallas, TX
1,376
2,214
22 hrs. 56 min.
Houston, TX
1,382
2,224
23 hrs. 2 min.

Source: Google Maps; Approximate travel times are calculated based on an average speed of 60 miles per hour.

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