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Deadline switch for Virginia port mandate

The RFP to operate the Port of Virginia now has an August 12 deadline. An unsolicited bid from APM Terminals prompted a competitive bidding process.

A request for proposals (RFP) to operate the Port of Virginia has moved back its deadline from Thursday, July 12, to Sunday, August 12, according to the Port of Virginia website.

The Virginia Port Authority (VPA) opened competitive bidding in May after receiving an unsolicited offer from APM Terminals (APMT) to manage the cargo and traffic in a long-term concession.

Ryan Pedraza, a project manager for the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OTP3), a unit of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), did not respond to a voicemail message. It could not be determined what prompted the authority to push back the deadline for the mandate.

APMT, the Netherlands-based port operating arm of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, put forth an unsolicited bid in April, offering $3 billion to $4 billion to take over the port. In turn, APM would hand over the Portsmouth Marine Terminal to the state. The proposal prompted the VPA to publish a RFP.

In addition to the Portsmouth site, the port is comprised of the Norfolk International Terminal, the Newport News Marine Terminal, and the Virginia Inland Port.