Welcome to ISS Norfolk and the dynamic port of Greater Hampton Roads, Virginia. Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay just 18 miles from the ocean lies one of the world’s greatest natural harbours.
The site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World and the final victory in the War of Independence, Hampton Roads is today the home of the world’s largest naval base and the largest port complex in the United States, vital to world-wide access to the national and international marketplace.
ISS Norfolk is proud to be a member of this community, offering excellence in all facets of vessel operation and husbandry. Our experienced staff is fully versed in all types of cargo including coal, grain, oil, liquefied gas, RoRo, break-bulk and containerized general cargoes as well as cruise and military vessels.
Conveniently located on the mid-Atlantic coast, Hampton Roads is year-round ice free and offers an unobstructed 50 foot (15.24m) main channel to accommodate large bulk cargoes, with an approved deepening project to 55 feet (16.76m). Over 6,000 commercial vessels carrying approximately 50 million tons of freight move through the port annually. Port facilities include 4 major ultra-modern container terminals, several general cargo terminals, a modern cruise ship terminal and many bulk cargo facilities for both liquid and dry commodities, including 3 world-class coal export facilities.
The port is served by the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads and enjoys easy access to the interstate highway system. Our two airports, Norfolk International (ORF) and Newport News/Williamsburg International (PHF) provide easy connections for ships’ crews and spares.
Port services include several dry dock facilities and many highly skilled ship fitting and repair firms. Bunkering for all grades of fuel and lube oils is readily available, as is slop and garbage removal. Several ship chandleries offer a full range of provisioning and deck and engine stores. Ship security-guard services, launch boat and ground transportation services for crew shore leave and crew changes are available, and a wide range of convenient medical, shopping and entertainment venues are all available at the port.
We invite you to experience our outstanding port and all its related services and amenities and we will be pleased to provide quotes and information on any area of interest.