North Carolina’s Port of Wilmington offers 2,600 feet of contiguous berth space, allowing for simultaneous efficient working of multiple ultralarge containerships.
North Carolina’s Port of Wilmington offers 2,600 feet of contiguous berth space, allowing for simultaneous efficient working of multiple ultralarge containerships.

In these challenging times, when shippers are assertively seeking supply chain diversification, the expanding facilities of the North Carolina State Ports Authority’s Port of Wilmington are offering a highly efficient, congestion-free alternative for moving both temperature-controlled and nonrefrigerated cargos.

“NC Ports has seen tremendous progress over the last year despite the challenges and obstacles of the pandemic and current supply chain issues,” Brian E. Clark, executive director of the North Carolina enterprise agency, told AJOT.

“I am extremely proud of the performance and resolve of the entire team,” added Clark, a former APM Terminals executive who, following 3 1/2 years as the North Carolina authority’s chief commercial officer, assumed the NC Ports helm from Paul J. Cozza in January.

While in the final phase of a $250 million infrastructure enhancement program, NC Ports wrapped up its 2021 fiscal year on June 30 with record results, including handling 324,145 twenty-foot-equivalent units of containerized cargo, up 2 percent over the preceding 12-month period, with refrigerated cargo leading the way with a 9 percent year-over-year gain.

“Our recent successes can be attributed to our employees, who maintain our quality customer service standards and the ambition for NC Ports to continue to deliver on our mission of enhancing the economy of North Carolina,” Clark said.

Brian E. Clark, executive director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, is proud of the performance of the NC Ports team in challenging times.
Brian E. Clark, executive director of the
North Carolina State Ports Authority, is proud of the
performance of the NC Ports team in challenging times.

Among the most recent advances at the Port of Wilmington is the late August inking of an agreement with Sun Valley, Idaho-based Cold Summit Development to build further upon the impressive cold chain logistics facilities at the port, which include the 3-million-cubic-foot Port of Wilmington Cold Storage installation opened in 2016 under a public-private partnership. The Cold Summit firm initially plans a 280,000-square-foot temperature-controlled facility, with a second phase calling for 160,000 square feet of additional warehousing.

Last year, the port opened a new refrigerated container yard while doubling its refrigerated container plug contingent to more than 1,000 units.

Earlier this year, NC Ports reached agreement with Omaha, Nebraska-based grain, feed and food ingredient exporter The Scoular Co. for development of an on-port transload facility for containerized exports of agricultural products.

With 2,600 contiguous feet of container berthing served by seven ship-to-shore gantries, as well as a recently expanded turning basin and heightened Cape Fear River air draft, the Port of Wilmington is able to simultaneously accommodate two megacontainerships and is handling ultralarge vessels each with capacity of more than 14,000 TEUs,…

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