Record growth for Port of Wilmington in fiscal year 2018

Record growth for Port of Wilmington in fiscal year 2018
Gov. Roy Cooper went to the top of these new Panamax cranes at the Port of Wilmington in June. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A record number of containers moved through the Port of Wilmington during fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30.

According to a news release from the North Carolina Ports Authority, Wilmington recorded 38 percent year-over-year container growth and year-over-year general cargo growth is up 18 percent.

"In the last few months of (fiscal year 2018), the Port of Wilmington handled a record number of containers," NC Ports Executive Director Paul J. Cozza said in the release. "Specifically during the month of March, Wilmington recorded its highest month of container volume in the Authority's history."

The Port of Wilmington now has 17 refrigerated shipping carriers calling the port compared to only six in fiscal year 2014.

"Wilmington is strategically positioned for growth in both the fresh and frozen refrigerated markets," NC Ports Chief Commercial Officer Greg Fennell said. "With on dock cold storage, Phase II Cold Treatment Certification, increased refrigerated container plug capacity, and the support from customers interested in an alternative gateway into the global marketplace, we are excited about NC Ports' future in the evolving cold supply chain."

NC Ports has committed more than $200 million in improvements, including the order of three neo-Panamax cranes. Two of those cranes arrived at the Port of Wilmington in March.

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