Norfolk Southern today celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original dedication of Pier 6, its coal transloading facility in Norfolk, Va., with a ceremony at Lamberts Point, where the railroad has been transferring coal from rail cars to ships for export for 130 years.
Pier 6 was completed in July 1963 and formally dedicated on Sept. 18 of that year. It was designed and built to load ships bound for steel mills around the world with metallurgical coal from the central Appalachian coal fields.
Today’s ceremony included remarks by Jeff Yates, superintendent of terminals; Bill Bales, retired senior vice president-international; Bob Welch, retired senior piermaster; David Hoost, CEO of T. Parker Host; Paul Fraim, Norfolk mayor; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; and Wick Moorman, CEO of NS.
“Pier 6 was an engineering marvel 50 years ago, and it still is today,” Moorman said at the event.
Pier 6 was built at a cost of $25 million, which in today’s terms is about $190 million. In the last five years, NS has invested more than $43 million to maintain and upgrade track and facilities at Lamberts Point. The entire facility can hold about 6,500 railcars on 150 miles of track, and has an annual throughput capacity of 36 million tons.
It recently loaded a record amount of coal into a single vessel, moving 166,840 net tons, or 151,356 metric tons, of metallurgical coal onto the 984-foot China Pioneer, which departed for Liuzhou Iron and Steel in China.