New barge line to Richmond grows rapidly

Published in The Virginian-Pilot

When the 64 Express barge line made its inaugural trip Dec. 1 from the port of Hampton Roads to Richmond, it carried two dozen cargo containers on its deck.

But when it left Sunday for the 100-mile journey up the James River, the deck was a little more crowded, with 8 6 containers on board.

The growth is from new business from international packaging company MeadWestvaco Corp., crushed-stone producer Luck Stone Corp., tobacco company Philip Morris USA Inc., cargo shipper K Line America Inc. and others, said Ed Whitmore, president of Norfolk Tug Co. and the James River Barge Line, which operate the 64 Express.