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WILMINGTON, NC: April 24, 2018. North Carolina Ports Authority says container volume at the Port of Wilmington is up 31 percent for its current fiscal year that began last July and has risen 58 percent for the first two months of this year.

ARC tanks Wilmington“We are seeing unprecedented growth due to two factors; the return of the business that was temporarily effected by the Hanjin bankruptcy and new growth relating to our ability to offer fast and efficient terminal operations,” declared NC Ports executive director Paul Cozza. “

Wilmington handled over 200,000 TEUs during the first eight months of its current FY18. To maintain the growth NC Ports says it is investing over US$200 million in infrastructure improvements that includes last month’s arrival of three neo-Panamax cranes.

The Authority says the recent investments have led, “in part”, to the addition of port calls by four new container services and seven ocean carriers – which in turn has prompted an increase in throughput volume.

“Wilmington’s recent growth is a strong indication of customers taking advantage of new options to service this significant market and optimize their supply chains – with better costs, more predictable delivery and reduced risk,” said Hans Bean, vice president Trade Development, NC Ports. “While there is more to do in realising Wilmington’s full potential as a South-Atlantic gateway, these increases demonstrate substantial customer desire to expand with user-friendly ports focused on performance, value and solutions,” he added.

North Carolina operates deep-sea ports at Wilmington and Morehead City plus inland terminals in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC. A recent RoRo departure by ARC’s MV Integrity from Wilmington was a shipment of 48 tanks bound for Morocco.

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