The Bright Laker docked in Wilmington around 5:30 Wednesday morning. The vessel is carrying more than 12,000 tons of steel rods.
Its ultimate destination was supposed to be New Orleans, but because of Katrina the ship began unloading its cargo during a scheduled stop in Wilmington.
Workers at the port are seeing an increase in workload, but they say it won't affect daily operations.
While steel is coming to Wilmington, ships loaded with rubber are heading to the state port in Morehead City.