China Shipping Letter
CMA CGM Letter
K Line Letter
United Arab Shipping Company Letter
Yang Ming Letter
Zim American Letter
GRAN ALLIANCE CARRIERS
Stanley Furniture Company
Brokers Forwarders Association Letter
Tidewater Motor Trucking Association
VMA Member Survey Results
MAYOR WRIGHT’S COMMENT TO VPA BOARD
MAYOR FRAIMS LETTER TO GOVERNOR
CITY OF PORTSMOUTH RESOLUTION re port privatization
CITY OF NEWPORT NEWS MAYOR PRICE
Virginia Maritime Association Resolution of the Board of Directors August 8, 2012
VIRGINIA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS Press Release
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINION ON PPTA & PORT CONCESSION
DELEGATE SCOTT SUROVAL WEIGHING IN
Senator Frank Wagner
The Carlyle Group
Mayor Wright Letter to Senate Finance Committee
VMA Letter to Secretary of Transportation
STC Letter to VMA
Putney Request for JLARC Study of VPA
Statement of AG Cuccinelli on Virginia Port Authority vote to maintain management of Port of Virginia
VPA Evaluation of Proposals and Reorganization
VPA Reorganization Decision Press Release – March 26
VPA Decides Terminal Bids Weren’t Enough
Statement of Governor McDonnell on Port PPTA Decision and Restructuring
Letters to the Press
Drop the port deal
As I read ‘Privatizing port isn’t necessary to improve it’ (Shawn Day op-ed column, Oct. 21), I found myself nodding my head in agreement the entire time. How can anyone look at the process the state has undertaken to evaluate the bids for port privatization and be confident that an educated, unbiased decision can be made?This flawed endeavor has been marked by misstep after misstep, with a foregone conclusion already in the minds of certain decision makers. A fast-tracked and ever-changing timetable, confusion and a lack of transparency form a massive black cloud over the entire process.
We have no consensus on whether there is a problem with the current port operator. Given what we now know, let’s all give a collective nod of the head in agreement that this process is taking on too much water, and we need to abandon ship.
Doing Business at Our Ports
WHILE I AM so very pleased and proud that the ports of Virginia continue to attract the attention of private firms who wish to take control of them, I am disappointed with the current gubernatorial administration’s confrontational, even hostile, position toward the very successful public-private partnership that is already in place.
For more than 30 years, the partnership between the Virginia Port Authority and Virginia International Terminals Inc., has successfully moved our ports toward contention for East Coast port dominance, thus the attention we are receiving. That our commonwealth’s administration, which has already decimated the Virginia Port Authority’s board, continues to insult and challenge VIT to ‘demonstrate why it should remain the sole container operator’ at our port proves to me a lack of understanding and due diligence.
Without getting into a discussion about the current proposal that has been introduced, I challenge Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton to scrutinize the mission statements of every firm that proposes to do business at the port. He certainly will find the term ‘shareholder value.’ In contrast, the mission statement for the Port of Virginia states that the port aims ‘to foster and stimulate commerce through Virginia’s state-owned general cargo terminals spurring growth in job creation, tax revenue and corporate investment across the commonwealth.’ Then tell us which proposition most benefits our commonwealth.
Vinny Di Costanzo
Don’t Pprivatize the Port
As an exporter based in Virginia, I feel it is imperative to step forward and say that the effort to monopolize the Port of Virginia is poorly thought out and extremely short-sighted.
Creating a monopoly is not only a poor business practice but is also un-American. Competition is necessary in order to keep pricing in check and give small businesses an opportunity to maintain growth. To give this unprecedented power to a company that is foreign-owned and -operated only adds insult to injury.
It is my hope that the decision makers of the commonwealth reconsider their attempts to privatize Virginia’s first-class operation with a foreign entity.