Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NS/N&W Pier 6 is still operational

Norfolk Southern Corp posted

Happy birthday to Norfolk Southern’s Pier 6 located at Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Virginia. Setting records at Pier 6 is nothing new. The pier began operating in 1963 as the largest coal transload facility in the Northern Hemisphere and the most technologically advanced in the world. It remains so today.
In 1999, the pier became the first facility to load 1 billion tons of coal. Since then, it has handled 200 million more. On Sept. 21, 2013, the M/V Negonego, loaded with 168,977 net tons of coking coal, departed for a steelmaking plant in China. As it steamed away, employees had reason to celebrate: They set a U.S. record for coal loaded into a single ocean-going vessel. The typical collier calling on Pier 6 is 600 to 700 feet long and leaves loaded with 75,000 to 85,000 tons of coal.
Pictured: a bald eagle sits and patiently observes its surroundings with the NS Pier 6 in the background. Photo credit: Adam Wright - NS agent terminal control
The Google image did not have any boats at the pier. But the Bing aerial image had one boat and the birds-eye view had two.
Satellite
Birds-Eye View
Satellite
The pier is part of a major railroad facility. It has become rare to see such a big yard still existing in a "downtown" area. Many yards have been converted to river-view condos.

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