CCALS welcomes the Virginia Port Authority’s global perspective on logistics and supply chain best practices

RICHMOND, VA – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS) today announces the Virginia Port Authority as the newest member of its growing organization. The Virginia Port Authority brings a large, physical logistics component to CCALS with its nearby port facilities, sophisticated technology and automated supply chain systems from which members can learn.

In comparison to other ports, the deep water of the Port of Virginia in Norfolk makes it easily accessible with around-the-clock service and its wide channel allows multiple vessels to pass through at one time, eliminating the challenge that traffic flow presents at other ports. The Port of Virginia has already seen an increase in traffic from large ships, which has made it an ideal place to distribute goods to East Coast markets.

“The Virginia Port Authority will inform every discussion that CCALS has in a global sense – encouraging CCALS members to think outside of domestic best practices and consider a global perspective where logistics and supply chain is concerned,” said Mark Manasco, president and executive director of CCALS. The Virginia Port Authority has been involved with CCALS since its early planning and development stages, but officially became a member in September.

The Virginia Port Authority promotes the shipment of goods and cargoes through ports in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Richmond, and Front Royal. It strives to improve the navigable tidal waters within the Commonwealth, and increase commerce of its Virginia ports.

“Logistics is critical to the Port of Virginia’s mission. We are excited to be a part of CCALS and look forward to the opportunity to work with their members to improve how we move goods across the globe,” said Rodney Oliver, interim executive director of the Virginia Port Authority and CCALS Board designee.

CCALS brings government and industry organizations with significant logistics operations together with the research capabilities and expertise of four Virginia universities (University of Virginia, Longwood University, Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University). Together, CCALS members identify logistics challenges and share resources to tackle them. It’s a unique R&D method for logistics that promises to cut costs, accelerate discovery, and deliver transformative results to the technology, transportation, mechanical, human and other systems that enable logistics.

About the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems

CCALS is an extraordinary collaboration between business, government and world-class universities, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University and Longwood University, all focused on a singular mission: transform industry by improving the complex system of technological, mechanical and human factors that enable logistics. With multiple perspectives at the table and favorable intellectual property policies, CCALS ensures that promising discoveries become effective business solutions faster than ever. CCALS’ location also provides members unique access to an experienced, skilled and highly qualified talent pool. Central Virginia is home to the US Army Logistics University, Amazon distribution centers and significant UPS and FedEx operations. For more information, visit

About Virginia Port Authority

The Authority owns and is responsible for the operations and security of three marine terminals: Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT), and Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT), and Virginia Inland Port (VIP) located in Front Royal, Virginia. In addition, the Authority has an operating lease for the use and operation of the APM Terminal in Portsmouth (APM) and also for the Port of Richmond (RIC).  These facilities primarily handle import and export containerized and break-bulk cargoes. Virginia International Terminals, LLC, (VIT) operates all the marine terminals (except for RIC) through a Service Agreement with the Virginia Port Authority. The organization structure of VIT provides it the ability to enter into contracts with union labor (prohibited by state agencies under state law), negotiate and enter into contractual relationships with ship lines and others while not being subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and more efficiently manage the flow of traffic at the marine terminals. For more information, visit

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