NC Ports Welcomes Largest Container Ship To The Port of Wilmington

NC Ports Welcomes Largest Container Ship To The Port of Wilmington

NC Ports Welcomes Largest Container Ship To The Port of Wilmington Featured

By / Local News / Monday, 25 May 2020 17:02

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY -  The North Carolina Port at Wilmington has been working for years to facilitate larger container ships and storage capacity in an effort to boost the Port City's reputation as a major port along the eastern Atlantic coast.

On May 20th, the ship MV Hyundai Hope entered the port of Wilmington, NC as one of the largest vessels ever to call upon a port along the United States East Coast. The Hyundai Hope was carrying a capacity of nearly 14,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent container units).

Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports explained, "This is a monumental milestone for North Carolina Ports, the Port of Wilmington and the entire state of North Carolina. This has been years in the making and seeing our hard work and dedication come to fruition with the arrival of the MV Hyundai Hope is truly something to celebrate," and, "This would not have been possible without the support of our many partners at the local, state and federal levels as well as funding from the North Carolina General Assembly."


Robert A. Wicker, Chairman, North Carolina Ports Board of Directors, said recent improvements at the Port will allow the State's economy to be globally competitive with other large ports.

Previously the NC Port of Wilmington has invested in improvements including increasing the height of power lines crossing the Cape Fear River to facilitate larger vessels entering the river and making their way to the port near Wilmington. The cost is more than $200 million dollars.

According to the NC State Ports Authority, "The arrival of the MV Hyundai Hope follows the completion of four major projects aimed at improving access for 14,000-TEU container ships to the Port of Wilmington. Earlier this year, NC Ports completed phase two of its turning basin expansion project; opened 2,600 contiguous feet of container berth space; and completed an air draft improvement project which increased the air draft over the Cape Fear River. Additionally, the Ports Authority welcomed three neo-Panamax cranes in 2018 and 2019 specifically designed to work ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs)."

North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City and Charlotte Inland Port link the state’s consumers, business and industry to world markets and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry to the State of North Carolina. Port activities contribute to more than 87,700 jobs, $678 million each year in state and local tax revenues, and $15.4 billion annually to the state’s economy.

Hans C.E. Bean, North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer explained, "This is proof positive that we are big ship ready and capable of handling some of the largest container vessels calling East Coast ports today," and, "The arrival of a ship of this magnitude to the Port of Wilmington signals to our customers that we are ready to support their growing business needs today and in the future.”

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