Port operations will be put on hold for a half day on June 12 at the Port of Virginia so that port management and users can talk with longshoremen about market conditions, industry trends and efficiency at the port, the Virginia Port Authority announced this week.
The meeting will be held in Portsmouth at 8 a.m., and terminal gates will be closed until noon.
The date was chosen because vessel traffic that day will be light, Hampton Roads Shipping Association President Roger Giesinger said in a news release.
The announcement said gate hours may be extended on June 11 if necessary to meet the needs of cargo owners. Gate hours on June 12 will extend to 9 p.m., and possiblly later if necessary.
The Port of Virginia is in the midst of a sweeping restructuring to improve the port's competitiveness. The session will allow officials to update the International Longshoremen's Association members about the changes.