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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Port Of Wilmington News

Paul Cozza and Brian Clark (Photos: NC Ports)

NC Ports Announces New Leadership

Brian E. Clark will take over as Executive Director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority following the retirement of Paul J. Cozza at the end of this year.Clark will continue to serve as North Carolina Ports' Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director, and Cozza as Executive Director, through December 31.Prior to joining NC Ports in June 2017, Clark served in various senior level positions throughout the maritime industry, including a role as Managing Director for APM Terminals at Port Elizabeth, N.J.

Photo: North Carolina Ports

NC Ports Tops Reefeer Cargo Record

The North Carolina State Ports Authority set a new record for refrigerated container volume. North Carolina Ports moved 1,459 refrigerated containers – 2,918 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) – through the Port of Wilmington during the month of April.NC Ports said it continues to experience a healthy flow of refrigerated cargoes to global markets despite the recent volatility due to the coronavirus pandemic. FY20 year-to-date (July-April) volumes are up 20 percent over FY19. Annual growth from FY14 to FY19 is up more than 225 percent.

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New Reefer Yard Opens at Port of Wilmington

The new $14 million refrigerated container yard at the Port of Wilmington boosts on-terminal refrigerated container (reefer) plugs from 235 to 775 with the ability to expand to more than 1,000 plugs through Phase 2 of the project.“North Carolina Ports has become a critical gateway for the movement of refrigerated cargoes. The completion of the refrigerated container yard allows NC Ports to better support the growing agriculture and grocery sectors across North Carolina and the entire southeastern United States,” said Paul J.

A containership navigates in the turning basin at Wilmington Navigational Harbor (Photo: North Carolina State Port Authority)

Turning Basin Expanded at Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington is ready to welcome the largest containerships calling on the U.S. East Coast following an expansion project widened the turning basin in the Cape Fear River from 1,400 feet to 1,524 feet. The additional 124 feet allows 14,000-TEU ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) with a length of 1,200 feet to safely and efficiently turn around in the Wilmington Navigational Harbor.The recently completed Phase II of the Turning Basin Expansion Project is an extension of the initial expansion project completed in August 2016 which increased the turning basin from 1…

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Ports

Increased Air Draft at Port of Wilmington

A new air draft over the Cape Fear River will make it easier for ultra-large container vessels to reach the Port of Wilmington. The new allowable air draft has been increased to 212 feet. The air draft clearance will allow ships with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent unit) and greater to safely and efficiently navigate to Wilmington.The four-month, multi-million-dollar project led by Duke Energy consisted of upgrades to the transmission towers in the Cape Fear River and the replacement of existing lines.

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New CBP Office Opens on NC Ports Terminal

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has opened an office on-terminal at the Port of Wilmington, in North Carolina.North Carolina Ports leaders welcomed CBP officials Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the office which will support the agency’s efforts in the security of cargo movements through the Wilmington terminal. Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports, said, “CBP has long played an important role in the safety and security of our facilities. This new…

The Bayonne Bridge (The growth in part can be attributed to the completion in June 2017 of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, which raised the clearance under the bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet, allowing the world’s largest container ships to pass under it and serve port terminals in New York and New Jersey.) Credit: Port NY/NJ

CONTAINER PORTS: Boxed in or Busting Out?

Benchmarking the Nation’s top container ports in 2018 and looking ahead to what comes next.The nation’s major ports finished 2018 and began 2019 setting monthly and yearly container volume records, but agitated trade activity in the White House raised questions about what corrections would be permanent and which would not.President Donald Trump said on Febuary 24 he is delaying the scheduled March 1 increase in the tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. The president said on Twitter he wants to give negotiators more time to reach a comprehensive trade deal with Beijing.

The 12,000 TEU 'Kota Pekarang' Arrives in Wilmington, NC (CREDIT: NC Ports)

NC Ports Welcome First 12,000 TEU Vessel

North Carolina Ports made history Monday by welcoming its first-ever 12,000 TEU vessel to the Port of Wilmington.The ship, Kota Pekarang, is the largest capacity-wise to call the port. The Kota Pekarang is operated by ZIM in partnership with the 2M Alliance which links Asia to Wilmington.“This is a monumental milestone for North Carolina Ports and the Port of Wilmington,” said Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports. “This is proof of concept that we are big ship…

Inland Port Development: Take the train

The intermodal equation for any deep draft port is incomplete without its inland component.It’s definitely a work in progress.There are inland ports in the truest sense: major lakefront and riverfront cities such as Chicago and St. Louis, including even Duluth and Tulsa, with vast distribution areas, wildly varying cargo, roads, trains and waterways to serve them.And, then, there are inland ports, dry ports that have vast distribution areas, containerized cargo delivered from true oceanfront ports…

North Carolina Ports Sets Record

North Carolina Ports set an all-time high for container moves in calendar year 2018. The Port of Wilmington recorded a year-over-year container volume increase of 23 percent.The accomplishments of 2018 can be contributed, in part, to the organization’s model of best in class gate truck turntimes and high crane productivity rates as well as NC Ports’ investment in terminal improvements in Wilmington.“The Port of Wilmington received two of its three new neo-Panamax cranes during 2018 and the port welcomed its largest container vessels to date.

North Carolina Ports Chief Operating Officer Brian Clark

North Carolina Ports Hosts Second Annual Cold Chain Summit

North Carolina Ports hosted the Cold Chain Summit 2018: Cold Gateways Expansion – Farm to Table and Beyond in historic downtown Wilmington on Wednesday.This is the second year NC Ports has organized and hosted the event focusing on current markets, shipping patterns, consumer behavior and environmental impacts of the global cold chain industry.“This year’s summit comes at a time of significant growth for NC Ports’ perishables portfolio,” said NC Ports Executive Director Paul J. Cozza.

The YM Uniformity arrives at the Port of Wilmington (CREDIT NC Ports)

NC Ports Open for Business in the Choppy Wake of Florence

North Carolina Ports’ terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City resumed full commercial truck operations on Monday following Hurricane Florence which forced the terminals to close on Thursday, September 13.Both the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City reopened to employees and vessel operations late last week.“North Carolina Ports’ facilities in Wilmington and Morehead City suffered some damage during Hurricane Florence. Our employees along with local, state and federal agencies worked around the clock to get our waterside terminals up and running as quickly and safely as possible.

Chemours Edgemoor

Gulftainer Wins Contract to Operate U.S. port of Wilmington, Delaware

As first reported in the JULY / AUGUST edition of Maritime Logistics Professional magazine, Gulftainer through its subsidiary GT USA, Wilmington had inked a tentative deal with the State of Delaware which would grant GT USA, Wilmington exclusive rights to operate and develop the Port of Wilmington, on the Delaware River downstream from Philadelphia for the next 50 years. That deal is now official.Privately-owned Gulftainer today operates the Canaveral Cargo Terminal in the Port of Canaveral, Florida.

Peter Richards, Group CEO of Gulftainer; Delaware Gov. John Carney; H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States; and Badr Jafar, Chairman of Gulftainer’s Executive Board, at the ceremony marking the Port of Wilmington concession agreement signing. Photo by Gulftainer

Gulftainer Signs 50-year Lease for Port of Wilmington

Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned independent port operator and logistics company based in the United Arab Emirates, finalized a 50-year concession agreement with the state of Delaware to operate and develop the Port of Wilmington, significantly expanding the company’s global footprint and reach.The agreement, signed by Gulftainer’s subsidiary GT USA, will see an expected investment of up to $600 million in the port to upgrade and expand the terminal and to turn…

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Florence Makes Landfall near Wrightsville Beach, NC

The U.S. National Hurricane Canter is reporting that Hurricane Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach North Carolina.Widespread flooding is being reported along a wide swath of the North Carolina coastline. The storm, moving west at 6 miles per hour, is now forecasted to stall onshore for several days, dumping as much as 40 inches of rain in some areas. "Catastrophic" flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas.As forecasters predict a "life threatening" storm surge of 9 to 13 feet, at least 150 people are awaiting rescue in New Bern, N.C.

The Port of wilmington, NC (CREDIT: NC Ports)

NC Ports Hurricane Florence Notice - Update #5

The North Carolina State Ports Authority continues to closely monitor Hurricane Florence. The Port of Wilmington and the Port of Morehead City are currently at Condition Zulu and closed to all vessel traffic.NC State Ports Authority continues its Hurricane Preparation Plan and is taking all necessary steps to protect cargo, facilities and equipment.NC Ports' terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City are CLOSED to commercial truck traffic Wednesday, September 12, however, tenants have access to both Ports but must complete any storm preparations by 5:00 pm.

The GTT USA Terminal at Port Canaveral. FL

From Desert to Delaware

Gulftainer strives for top six in terminals.Sharjah is a glimmering city-state carved from the desert, the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates and the only one to have land on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. And soon, within weeks, a company based in Sharjah could control one of the most strategically located marine ports in the United States. Gulftainer through its subsidiary GT USA, Wilmington has inked a deal with the State of Delaware, USA, which would grant GT USA…

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North Carolina Ports Achieves Unprecedented Growth

North Carolina Ports moved a record number of containers through the Port of Wilmington during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended June 30. Wilmington recorded 38 percent year-over-year container growth and year-over-year general cargo growth is up 18 percent.The Port of Morehead City also experienced growth in FY18 with a 20 percent year-over-year increase in general cargo. Overall, North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City achieved record financial results. FY18 was…

Southern Ports are Getting with The Program…

The In-transit cold treatment program, that is! The dimensions of The Program are remarkable. The Reefer Shipping Market and Forecast 2017/18 produced by Drewry calculated that 79 percent of perishable cargo moved in refrigerated containers in 2016 and only 21 percent on reefer ships. By 2021, reefer containers will carry 85 percent of perishable products, while reefer cargo will reach 134 million tons, Drewry study predicts. One reason for the growth of reefer cargo in containers is the remarkable expansion of the USDA sponsored In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program.

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Container Volume Growth Continues in North Carolina

North Carolina Ports reports a boost in container volumes at the Port of Wilmington continues a recent growth trend at the port, where box volumes are currently up 31 percent in fiscal year 2018 and year to date volume in January and February is up 58 percent. “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,” explained NC Ports Executive Director Paul J. Cozza.

Massa Joins North Carolina Ports

North Carolina Ports has hired Benjamin M. Massa as the new Director of Carrier and Trade Development to further grow and expand container business at the Port of Wilmington. “NC Ports has experienced monumental growth in container business in the last year and Ben’s vital role will allow us to continue that growth today and into the future,” said NC Ports Vice President, Trade Development, Hans Bean. Massa brings decades of expertise in the maritime industry with him to NC Ports. Massa previously served as Commercial Director, AVP Sales and Marketing for United Arab Agencies, Inc.

Pegasus J, one of two ships slated to serve Crowley’s new route (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Adds New US, Central America Service

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced it will begin offering weekly, fixed-day, full and less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping and logistics services between Wilmington, N.C., Guatemala and Honduras, effective with the northbound sailings on Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 22, respectively. The new lift-on/lift-off (LO/LO) service is designed to give customers an additional, more northwardly Atlantic Coast destination for cargo entering the U.S. from Central America, ultimately adding flexibility to the supply chain while reducing total landed costs, Crowley said.

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Intermodal Rail Service Returns to North Carolina Ports

The official return of intermodal rail to North Carolina Ports will begin July 28, 2017, when North Carolina Ports and CSX will commence a daily, intermodal rail service, dubbed the Queen City Express,between Wilmington and Charlotte. “The Queen City Express provides premier rail service over competing ports for existing and future container customers in one of the most significant economic centers in the Southeastern United States,” said North Carolina Ports executive director, Paul J. Cozza.

Brian E. Clark (Photo: NC Ports)

Clark Joins North Carolina Ports as COO

North Carolina Ports has named Brian E. Clark as its new Chief Operating Officer, responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of the line and staff components of all terminal operations. He will also oversee the execution of the infrastructure investment plan and contribute to the development of business strategy and indirectly assist in the expansion of the ports’ global customer base. Clark has over 20 years of expertise in the maritime industry having worked in senior positions on the operations side with industry leaders.

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CSX Plans $272 Million Intermodal Rail Terminal in NC

Florida-based transportation giant CSX Corp. is planning a $272 million intermodal rail terminal in North Carolina serving the Raleigh region that it envisions as a major transportation hub to make the state’s ports more competitive. The major freight rail infrastructure project in the Triangle project will spur economic development and help position the region as a major transportation logistics hub, says the company. Wilmington could reap significant benefits if the intermodal freight rail hub is built in Johnston County, state transportation officials said Thursday.

Kristin Decas (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA Chairwoman to Speak at National Maritime Day

Kristin Decas, port director and CEO of Southern California’s Port of Hueneme and chairwoman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), has been chosen to speak at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Maritime Day ceremony on May 21. National Maritime Day, May 22, was decreed by Congress in 1933 as a day for the United States to observe its maritime heritage, honor those who serve and have served as merchant mariners, and recognize the benefits that result from America’s maritime industry.